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Hype! (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 8 November 1996 (USA)
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Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

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Doug Pray
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Cast

Credited cast:
7 Year Bitch 7 Year Bitch ... Themselves
Valerie M. Agnew Valerie M. Agnew ... Herself - 7 Year Bitch (as Valerie Agnew)
Carrie Akre Carrie Akre ... Herself - Hammerbox
Jeff Ament Jeff Ament ... Himself - Pearl Jam
Dawn Anderson Dawn Anderson ... Herself - Local Music Critic
Michael Anderson Michael Anderson ... Himself - Blood Circus
Paul Arkin Paul Arkin ... Band Practice Space Tour
Mark Arm Mark Arm ... Himself - Mudhoney
James Atkins James Atkins ... Himself - Hammerbox
John Atkins John Atkins ... Himself - Seaweed
Jon Auer Jon Auer ... Himself - The Posies
Love Battery Love Battery ... Themselves
Leighton Beezer Leighton Beezer ... Himself - Stomach Pump / The Thrown Ups
Martin Bernier Martin Bernier ... Himself - Some Velvet Sidewalk
Nils Bernstein Nils Bernstein ... Himself - Sub Pop Records
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The world of grunge. This documentary examines the Seattle scene as it became the focus of a merging of punk rock, heavy metal, and innovation. Building from the grass roots, self-promoted and self-recorded until break-out success of bands like Nirvana brought the record industry to the Pacific Northwest, a phenomenon was born. More than just an examination of the music, this is a look at how this artistic movement became a societal and fashion trend with a major effect on American culture. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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surviving the northwest rock explosion


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Истерия! See more »

Filming Locations:

Bellingham, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$106,599, 24 November 1996

Gross USA:

$268,520
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Dolby SR | DTS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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A collector's edition Blu-Ray and DVD were released on September 29, 2017, featuring new audio commentary with director Doug Pray and producer Steven Helvey, bonus performances and outtakes, Peter Bagge's animated short "Hate", and new interviews with Mark Arm and Steve Neil Turner of Mudhoney, Kurt Bloch and Lulu Gargiulo of The Fastbacks, Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, manager Susan Silver, producer Steve Fisk, photographer Charles Peterson, producer Jack Endino, bassist Leighton Beezer, graphic designer Art Chantry and Sub Pop Records CEO Megan Jasper. The interviews took place in Seattle in July 2017, and the recent death of Chris Cornell (who passed away in May 2017) was briefly discussed, as well as Kurt Cobain's death and the impact it had on the Seattle music scene. See more »

Quotes

Martin Rushent: It's taking rock right back to its basics, which is, go up there, make a hell of a noise and make sure you play music your parents don't like.
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The credits end with the statement "Your town is next." See more »

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References Black Girl (1966) See more »

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Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Written by Chris Cornell
Performed by Soundgarden
Courtesy You Make Me Sick I Make Music (ASCAP) and A&M Records
Soundgarden appears courtesy A&M Records
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Instructional
18 July 2011 | by eimpsonSee all my reviews

This movie establishes two things: 1. Seattle has a great music scene. 2. So does every other large city. 2 and a half. Eventually the media finds you and ruins you.

The events that went down in Seattle are nothing new and nothing old. Left to develop itself any local music scene will mature into something great. Whether or not the press/industry discovers this and shows up to suck the life out of it is up to fate. Hype! is a snapshot of money finding talent. The results range from crappy albums to suicide.

What this film does accomplish is to procure a reaction of artists caught in the overwhelming process of being found. Suddenly you are being offered loads of cash to do the same thing you've been doing for years, or even decades, for next to nothing. This changes your output - you stop playing to the crowd and start playing to the money. The interviewees in Hype! recognize this and speak to it. This is where the movie succeeds. The musicians see what is happening for what it is and call it out. What they fail to do is reject it, but at least they leave a document for the next generation.

At the end of the film there is a warning: Your town is next. Will the next town take the advice?


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