Fave Forgotten Films: Hype! Surviving The Northwest Rock Explosion

I once spent an entire year almost exclusively listening to The Fastbacks, a female-fronted pop adoring punk band from Seattle. While I would occasionally dig out one of my well worn Nirvana cassettes so as not to forget who I was idolising at the time, I spent the most part of twelve months listening to two songs – a live recording of K Street (originally from 1987’s And His Orchestra) and New Mansion In Sound’s Just Say.

These tracks, it seemed, also made up the soundtrack to Seattle grunge documentary Hype! A movie that offered me a new glimpse into a scene/town that had, until then, been known to me as the Kurt and Eddie show.

“Every now and then we’d find out Seattle got famous,” said The Fastbacks’ Kim Warnick.

Having donned some plaid and dusted down my VHS tape copy of the movie, which follows all of the movers and shakers and chief troublemakers including Sub Pop founders Poneman and Pavitt, producer king Jack Endino and local photographer Charles Peterson, as they reminisce about the special and not-so-special bands that played and slayed the former logging town.

Hype! is an essential take on Seattle’s sludgy roots and the rise of Sub Pop and well deserves another, digital, look.

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Published in: on April 14, 2008 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

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