Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament, Dawn Anderson
Director: Doug Pray
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Traces the history of grunge music, and includes live concert performances and interviews with various bands. Genre: BIOGRAPHY Rating: NR Release Date: 21-DEC-2004 Media Type: DVD
Wow, time flys!
Eddie Spaghetti of the SUPERSUCKERS | Seattle, WA | 01/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great documentary and a cool time capsule. My band had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time and were included in this great flick so, obviously, I'm a little biased in my praise. A killer cast of characters, some great music and a super interesting glimpse into a wild time. Hype delivers! We all look so young, it's hard to believe it was over ten years ago that this all happened. My only complaint is that Rontrose looks exactly the same as he does now! What's up with that?!"
Smart, well documented, funny = I love it
Rebecca Benchetrit | St-Laurent, Quebec Canada | 08/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Everything you need to know about the grunge scene : when it started, first bands to break out of seattle etc. Hype! did a really good job in more than one way, it gave us the facts about the North West, how these facts played a major role in what happened with the music(all told by people who actually live in Seatlle). The interviews are great especially the one with the two colorful Sub pop founders : Jonthan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt, and the ones with the bands are especially funny, except for the interview with Eddie Veder(he's from San Diego: no sense of humour!). This tape doesn't limit itself to explaining the grunge scene and sound, it talks about the tragedies of sucess, and the media's negative impact on the scene by mass marketing it. You'll watch this one over and over again, see some great concert footage, hear about the tragedy surrounding Kurt Cobain and deceased Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood. It's comforting, being a musician myself, knowing that the bands responsible for the great music scene did it because the enjoyed it and that's should be the only motivation for beeing in a band and playing music."
Gandhus | 06/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this sometime back in 2001, I believe. A friend of mine bought it on VHS for a dollar from some bargain bin somewhere.
Being a huge fan of heavy music and rock over the past 20+ years, this movie opened my eyes to a whole new scene like nothing ever had before. Of course I had been a fan of Nirvana, AIC and Soundgarden in the early to mid 90's, but this film exposes you to the origins of all that. With a little independant research, you can then find all sorts of gems of bands and albums you might truly enjoy. Mudhoney, The Supersuckers and The Murder City Devils are three of my favorite bands and I first sought them out as a direct result of watching "Hype" and then doing my own investigating from there. It won't steer you wrong. What's up with the new cover though? Used to be black and white stage diving scene with red letters."
Dart | Seattle, WA USA | 01/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After watching HYPE for the first time last year, I was left in awe at the beautifully created masterpiece that I had witnessed. It came as a shock to me that this film was largely unheard of, and very upsetting when I tried to get my hands on a copy for myself but could not find one. Therefore I am very pleased that Lionsgate decided to take on HYPE and release it in DVD format. This movie opened my eyes to the wonders of the Seattle "scene" and the grunge music that I had previously ignored. The film even inspired me to travle to Seattle and explore it myself! You do not need to be a fan of NIRVANA or Soundgarden to enjoy this film as it deals with many other grunge acts besides the popular ones, and it is more of an exploration into the societal aspects of this large cultural movement than a direct focus on certain bands. Enough said, I highly reccommend this movie to anyone interested in musical history. HYPE is a crowning achievement in my books!"