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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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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 »

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Истерия! See more »

Filming Locations:

Bellingham, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$106,599, 22 November 1996

Gross USA:

$268,520, 22 December 1996
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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

Matt Wright: Remember, friends, this is only a movie, you're free to leave the theater at any time.
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The credits end with the statement "Your town is next." See more »

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Features Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991) See more »

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Night Goat
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great movie for anyone interested in music.
5 May 2002 | by vedthreeSee all my reviews

For anyone who was a fan of the early '90s "grunge" music, Hype! is almost required viewing. Loaded with interviews, live footage, and early demos/recordings, it is an accurate chronology of the early scene.

However, what makes Hype! so good is that it is basically two stories in one. A simple narrative about the Seattle scene is used to illustrate how the American pop-culture machine will jump on the bandwagon. An independent musical scene with a range of different influences gains a little exposure and reputation. Soon the corporate media steps in, and it all becomes wrapped up in the nice little package of "grunge" and is marketed nationwide as a music/clothing/life-style choice. The people in the original scene either play the game and take advantage of it, or they are caught up and exploited, or they are simply left behind. In the end, what was once underground becomes assimilated into the mainstream and homogenized. The cycle is left to repeat itself somewhere else as soon as the next "musical revolution" is discovered.

Hype! could have just as easily been about a different city or musical genre, and the story would have been the same. These same themes have been brought up in numerous other films, but they work a little better in Hype! because it's not simply a satire, but shows it first-hand through real people.

Once again, I think Hype! is a well-made documentary. Even if you're not a fan of "grunge", I still recommend it for its treatment of pop-culture as a whole.


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