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I recomend this film for everyone.
The full Monty, black clothes, piercings, tats, studs, half shaved heads with
pony tails, the full "Witness Me" crew of the Mad Max thing.
Seattle experienced Mad Max musically. Isolated, but
brought to life with a British story line and for better or worse the
This film Hype lays it all out. And, the music industry still
hasn't got the message. Frank Zappa said the same thing.
Main stream rock music in 2017 is causing
mental illness by way of sick repetitive/slick productions, sub harmonic beats,
female and male singers that are all the same sounding, drum machine and hand clap sounds,
that basically market looks and body images and cliche semi ghetto lyrics and
lifestyles. Its exactly like the British producer says in the film, frak the gear, the looks,
the spread chiseling marketing of the hedge fund recording industry
just bash it out with guitars, bass and drums, scream the angst of your times.
It feels insanely good every generation, guaranteed.
Personally, I saw a lot bands in Santa Barbara, CA
in those years signed out of Toes Tavern on lower State Street, because of the
Ugly Kid Joe and Toad the Wet Sprocket phenomena, bands like
Summer Camp, Dinosaur Junior, Primitive Radio Gods etc, etc.
I wish I had been in Seattle instead.
Watch this documentary Hype, feel the energy that only our young selves
will ever know. I miss those days forever.
More than a music doc, this is a relevant, illuminating and moving music film. I knew most of the big north-west bands but I had no idea of the context in which they developed, circumstances and the deeply american nature of the whole thing. Hype! quickly turned into my most replayed doc ever. This film captured a pop-culture explosion from within. As Art Chantry put, "It's fascinating to be able to see it for yourself"; I was transported to Seattle circa 1988-94. its plot has all the ingredients of a great play: humble beginnings, a great struggle, a moment of ascension, a tragic crash-and-burn, and a bitterly optimistic aftermath.
the bands involved offered amazing insight and were very entertaining to see and hear live. Some of them were low profile, bands that didn't break; some others were de rigueur names offering down-to earth and quirky commentary. I have since acquired albums by FASTBACKS, FLOP and MUDHONEY thanks to this doc.
no extras. it seems this film went under the radar, judging from the poor digital offering here. The doc is great, this DVD is not. While it's commendable that the publisher digitized and released it, It has absolutely no extra content or bonus material. The yards of unedited footage that must have been left out of this cut makes me froth at the mouth. Take for instance The Year Punk Broke, the bonus features nearly doubled the length of the main film. Hype! deserves this treatment. I give it three stars solely on its digital shortcomings. You might as well watch it on Youtube in the same quality.
Will we ever see a BLURAY release? I doubt it. The quality is there, the cinematography of Hype! is impeccable, it was shot in glorious 16mm. Watch Nirvana's Live at the Paramount in BLURAY and you'd see how incredible Hype! would be in 1080p. But it's probably never going to happen. the 90s was a disaster for future-proofing video. Similarly to the X-Files tv series, Hype! must have been transferred from film rolls to VHS tape for the editing process; BIG MISTAKE. This resulted in miserable and constrained 480i transfers that cannot be restored or improved in any way.
Here's hopping that 2016 sees a properly remastered release of Hype! when it turns 20 years old, with an extended 2 hour director's cut, deleted scenes, and extended interviews. It might not happen but it's sure fun to imagine.