Hype! To Open Next Month

If you see one music-related film this year, let it be Hype!

Get ready for the definitive film on the Seattle music

scene. Hype, Doug Pray's stunning documentary about the scene, will open

simultaneously in Seattle and New York next month. The film will show in other

markets throughout the U.S. in January. Earlier this month, Sub Pop released the accompanying

soundtrack, featuring both the bands that made Seattle famous as well as other

lesser known but influential groups.

Hype was

filmed over the course of three years, beginning in 1992, and charts not only

the rise of the Northwest music scene but also how the scene influenced popular

culture. The documentary contains no narration, instead telling its story

through concert footage (including the first ever performance of "Smells Like

Teen Spirit") and interviews with musicians, including Eddie Vedder, label

owners like the Sub Pop dudes, photographer Charles Peterson and


The Hype album is not exactly a soundtrack. Not all of the

artists on the album are included in the film, nor is every band in the

documentary on the record. Hype's 22 tracks begin and end with

contributions from Seattle mainstays the Fastbacks, and also include songs by

Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mark Lanegan, and Mudhoney. Mixed in with

these bigger names are tracks by smaller bands such as the Wipers, the U-Men,

Dead Moon, and the Gits. On November 5, Sub Pop will release the compilation as

a limited edition singles box set.

[For info on where and when the film

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