- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 21, 2004
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Republic Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - English
- DTS Surround 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Shorts: "Hate" Cartoon
- Production Interviews: (unspecified) - Director, HATE
- Deleted Scenes/Performances - Director Commentary - Optional
- Audio Commentary: Doug Pray - Director, Steven Helvey - Producer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
7 Year Bitch,
The Mono Men,
Some Velvet Sidewalk,
The Young Fresh Fellows &
Earl Ghaffari &
Lisa Dutton &
Director of Photography:
Variety - 01/29/1996
"Superb sound and image quality and a complex, intelligent perspective help make HYPE! An engaging as well as thoughtful chronicle of the Seattle rock scene..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/31/1997
"...A smart, ironic documentary....HYPE! charts the rise of grunge and its enormous impact on the Seattle scene..."
A clever chronicle of the commodification of the Pacific Northwest's celebrated "grunge" rock scene, whose members were lifted out of underground obscurity and propelled into the national spotlight--sometimes to their surprise--after the major-label success of the seminal grunge-pop trio Nirvana. Features rare interviews and performances from the gamut of grungesters, from the candy-pop stylings of The Posies to the rage rock of riot grrrls 7 Year Bitch and the country-punk swaggering of the Supersuckers.
Filmed over a 3-1/2 year period, "Hype!" takes a close, hard look at Seattle's "grunge" music scene, from its origins in the basements of young musicians in the 1980s to its worldwide popularity in the early 1990s, thanks largely to Nirvana's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Interviews and performance footage of Seattle musicians (both famous and unknown), provide insight into the history of grunge, most notably its effect on the music industry, and its exploitation by the media.
Clips And Highlights |
Concert Footage |
Live Performances |
Music (General) |
Pop / Rock |
Rock Bands |
- Shown at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.
- Released theatrically in New York City November 8, 1996.
- Additional credits: Lisa Dutton and Pete Vogt (co-producers); Joan Zapata (editor).
- Other music bands featured include The Posies, 7 Year Bitch, Flop, Love Battery, The Melvins.
- The film was shot over a 3 1/2 year period.