It’s not for me. You know, at the time it was released (1996) it was sort of cool to see what we all had just lost - that being the "Grunge" scene. I use the word Grunge lightly. You have a guy taking a bunch of music from Washington, throwing in random interviews with those bands, producers and photographers and ‘people in charge’ to talk about Seattle and Grunge music, only because it’s now all over from Kurt’s death. It was never even around, honestly. None of those guys or gals liked the term “Grunge” when used to describe their music. The film ends talking about Kurt Cobain’s death shortly which you sort of waited for and wondered if they would do throughout the film (no surprise, with it being 1996.)
One of my favorite quotes about this film is from ‘Opinion’ magazine.. "Well, I guess it’s over. First Kurt died, Soundgarden broke up, and then a documentary on the whole thing. I don’t think it’s possible to release a documentary on a scene that never existed. So folks, the fat lady has sung. The ‘grunge’ scene is dead and gone, for the most part."
From my own opinion, the only interesting parts of this film (at the time of its release) was the first performance showing of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and the quote on quote “rare” footage of all the other bands that never got the huge media attention unlike Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains. The short 30 second collage of everyone saying Seattle/Grunge forty times was neat, too.
With it being almost twenty years later, there is a reason this film won’t be in my store, it’s because we have seen much better films released over the Punk Rock scene that show more accuracy/honesty from the musicians giving their honest thoughts/opinions over what was Seattle ‘Grunge’ music. Don’t wait around for the Hype! machine to bring the sound to you, go create it. go make it. become it and go look for it yourself.
Kill Rock Stars/Rock Stars Kill/Stars Kill Rock, various artist compilations. Released: 1991/1993/1994.
Interviewer: "You guys are known, actually, as being a "SubPop band. What do you think of that?"
Kurt Cobain: "Well, when someone walks up to me and says, "You’re my favorite SubPop band," I think, geez, we’re you’re favorite out of five bands? What about the rest of the country? I don’t know. It just scares me. I wonder whether they like us because we’re a SubPop band or because we’re ourselves."
Founder of Sub Pop Bruce Pavitt has something new for you iPad fans : “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989” - http://bit.ly/SQPc1E
"It’s not thriving anymore. I haven’t been to Seattle for a long time now because of the touring. And we actually grew up about 60 miles away from Seattle but the past year, there hasn’t been a band which started out, which really caught my attention at all. All the Seattle bands like Tad, Mudhoney, Soundgarden are leaving Seattle to tour and they are getting signed up by the majors too." - Kurt Cobain on the “Seattle Grunge scene”, 1992.
8/10/93 - Watch this rare @Nirvana interview with Kurt Cobain. (could be blocked in certain countries)
10/25/93 - Chicago, IL.
Kurt: "We are stuck in such a rut. We have been labeled. R.E.M. is what? College rock? That doesn’t really stick. Grunge is as potent a term as New Wave. You can’t get out of it. It’s going to be passé. You have to take a chance and hope that either a totally different audience accepts you or the same audience grows with you."
Interviewer: “And what if the kids just say, “We don’t dig it, get lost.”
Kurt: "Oh, well. [Laughs]. Fuck ‘em."
Fan request, Kurt Cobain’s letters to Bikini Kill. He writes about the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music videos ideas, the entertainment industry, "things that have been taken", drugs, almost being killed by ‘gang members’ with Dave Grohl & Franz Stahl, & much more.
Interviewer: "It’s never been entirely clear what this feud with Eddie Vedder was about."
Kurt Cobain: "There never was one. I slagged them off because I didn’t like their band. I hadn’t met Eddie at the time. It was my fault; I should have been slagging off the record company instead of them. They were marketed — not probably against their will — but without them realizing they were being pushed into the grunge bandwagon."