"People put too much emphases on scenes, I mean just because there happens to be a town with a few really good bands in it, big deal, it’s happened all over the place. I don’t understand this community patriotism that everyone is boasting about in Seattle." - Kurt Cobain.
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.
Nirvana, 1993. (via)
1/6/90 - University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic were banned for life from all University of Washington venues for destroying so much gear at this show.
July, 1993 - New York, NY.
"Krist Novoselic comes up on to the roof with a freshly-made mixed fruit drink and sits down. He’s taken off the bear suit, which made him look even more toweringly tall than usual and which made him so hot he spent much of the photo session lying horizontal in front of a fan. After some idle chat, he starts talking about the interview we’d done a few days earlier in the hotel conference room.
As we sit watching the sun set, he says he’s worried he might come across as being “too heavy” in print. I remind him that as well as talking about his involvement in projects such as the Balkan Women’s Aid Fund, he also described the early days of Nirvana, then called Skid Row and influenced by Black Sabbath and Black Flag. And how he and Kurt, who both grew up in Aberdeen, a redneck backwater near-ish Seattle, were always in different bands. “One of The Melvins [still one of Nirvana’s favourite bands] would join for a while, but it was never serious. Finally, back in ‘87, Kurt and I got together and decided to start a real band. So we found this drummer, scrounged equipment and rehearsed constantly. I used to take things so seriously, I’d get all pissed off if we had a bad rehearsal: God, it’s gotta be good, it’s gotta be rock, it’s gotta be fucking fun.
And we were lucky ‘cause we had a van - we were the only band signed to Sub Pop at that time with a van. It was even mentioned in our press release. There was always something around the corner, a show in Olympia, in Seattle, an opening for the Butthole Surfers or Soundgarden. I can remember Soundgarden signing to a major for something like $175,000 and I was incredulous. What were they going to do with it all?” With the money Krist later earned from being in Nirvana, he bought a “modest house” in Seattle and a run-down 40-acre farm, three hours drive from the city. There are no phones out there and that’s just how he wants it.”