Synopsis: The world of grunge. This documentary examines the Seattle scene as it became the focus of a merging of punk rock, heavy metal, and innovation. Building from the grass roots, self-promoted and self-recorded until break-out success of bands like Nirvana brought the record industry to the Pacific Northwest, a phenomenon was born. More than just an examination of the music, this is a look at how this artistic movement became a societal and fashion trend with a major effect on American culture.
Director(s): Doug Pray
Production: Lionsgate
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

[Sea gulls calling]

lions gate entertainment

lions gate entertainment

[Birds singing]

[Chain saw buzzing]

[Chain saw buzzing]

[Tree crashes]

[Radio being tuned]

it is,

for better or worse...

The birthplace

of grunge.

Second announcer:

seattle-Based bands...

Have topped the rock charts

for the past few years.

Nirvana, Pearl Jam,

and Soundgarden

Have sold millions

of records.

independent releases

to a major label debut--


A musical movement

centered around seattle,

And a sound and style

that became known as grunge.

A month before that album

came out, they were--


The basis

of the generation...


a--X society.

part of

the grunge movement,

As I understand it,

is the fact

That these kids have

the ability to say

Anything they

want to say,

Express anything

they want to express,

Any anger, any pain,

Any anguish,

any torment,

And they feel

a kinship, a oneness,

That this young man has

been through tragedy...

That this young man has

been through tragedy...

[Guitar music begins]

thanks a lot. This is

gonna be the last song.

thanks a lot. This is

gonna be the last song.


enough of your doctrines

your manifestos

i'm a simple man

and I speak

with simple words

talk about inclusion,

not exclusion

talk about inclusion,

not exclusion

i sing my song

across these rivers

and valleys

mountains, seas

fields and oceans

fields and oceans

i am a teacher

you're a teacher, too

i am a pencil pusher

i am a ditch digger

i am a loser



let's start a riot

walk in the night air

walk in the night air

Remember those

big bubbles that used to

Float through

the middle of town?



These big--Like,

bubbles, man.

They still do.

Yeah. You see them

once in a while.

They've got this big pit

out in the bay

That's like, all--

Like, this weird shit

That they--Comes out

of the process,

And--And the way--

The bubbles, they're,

like, this big,

And they would

float around,

And they're bad,

toxic things.

[Laughs] so, the way

to get rid of it

Is they got these

big water sprinklers,

And they just, like,

run sprinklers over it--

A bubble still gets

out once in a while.

They're huge.

They're like--

The bubble of death.

I went to bothell high school,

Which is, uh,

a suburban hell hole.


There's a sign

as you enter town.

It says, "welcome to bothell,

for a day or a lifetime."


and someone...

Someone--I wish

i had've done it--

But someone erased

the b-O-T at one time,

So it was, "welcome to hell

for a day or a lifetime."

The northwest is where

"flying saucers"--

The term "flying saucers"

was coined.

The northwest is, uh...

wherelouie, louieis from.

The northwest is where--

It's the serial killer

capital of the world.

We have more unsolved

serial killings up here

Than any other place

in the united states.

I mean, the manson family

used to vacation up this way.

This place is weird.

Lot of occult stuff.

All this stuff is a factor

In what happened

in the music.

[Guitar music begins]

[Guitar music begins]

I mean,

when the weather is crappy,

You don't want

to go outside.

You know, you basically

feel like staying in the house.

And, uh...

It's a very logical thing

To want to go down

into your basement

And, you know, make noise

to take out your frustrations,

Because you can't go outside

And do anything when it's

raining all the time.

don't get off the bus

'cause there ain't

nothing for you here

in my hometown

is seattle

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