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
others.

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.

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