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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