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We Never Called It “Grunge”

 

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Old stomping grounds (h/t Seattle Coffee Scene)

A few reflections on what it was like to be a music fan in Seattle back in the heyday of the so-called “grunge” wave–provoked by the recent passing of Chris Cornell, having lived through all that in Seattle and at the time–frequenting joints like the O.K. Hotel, the Crocodile Cafe, and later on, Moe up in Capitol Hill. That whole scene now feels a bit quaint, and the current “grunge nostalgia” business now seems really bizarre to me. Maybe once was enough. Since then, I’ve moved to the opposite coast and visit home much too infrequently–most of my old haunts are no longer around, which just makes me morose.

Just after Cornell passed there was a spate of articles suggesting that with the deaths of Kurt Cobain and now of Cornell, there is only one grunge founder left, namely Eddie Vedder. That, my friends, is possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. There were dozens of bands that made that scene tick the way it did back then, and to dismiss bands like Alcohol Funnycar, Coffin Break, The Fallouts, The Fastbacks, Gas Huffer, Girl Trouble, The Gits, Green River, Gruntruck, Hammerbox, Love Battery, The Melvins, The Mono Men, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, The Posies, The Presidents of the United States of America, The Screaming Trees, Seaweed, Seven Year Bitch, Skin Yard, Sky Cries Mary, The Squirrels, Supersuckers, Tad, ¡Tch’Kung!, The Treepeople, The U-Men, or The Walkabouts, is to miss a whole lot. There are lots of folks who built that scene who are still around who don’t happen the be “the big three” that international media seized upon. Those folks are still around–some never stopped making music.

Likewise, I heard someone declare if the music wasn’t on Sub-Pop or SST then it wasn’t “grunge.” This is the second stupidest thing I’ve heard in the wake of Cornell’s passing–it assumes there was some idea of what “grunge” was at the time–there wasn’t: most fans and musicians saw what would become the “Seattle sound” as local variants on either metal or punk trends of the day, and not some sort of new thing separate from either of those. Focusing on Sub-Pop and SST ignores the hefty contributions of labels like C/Z, Estrus, PopLlama, EmPtY, K Records, Kill Rock Stars, Epitaph, Amphetamine Reptile, and Tim/Kerr, to name a few.

Couple parting thoughts: I think the whole story of whatever we think the Seattle music thing in the early 1990s was is still pretty poorly understood, particularly outside of Seattle, but maybe I was too close to see anything clearly.  I recall in 1991-92 that major labels swooped in and were signing “our” bands to lucrative contracts to try to catch Nirvana’s lightening again. It was like being in the forest and watching the loggers fell trees. Big label releases almost invariably were poor imitations of what we had grown to love, and in many cases those releases were the death knells of those bands–they only returned 20 years later to catch the nostalgia wave.

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Back cover shot for Clark Humphrey’s Loser: The Real Seattle Music Story (1995) perfectly encapsulates the embattled feeling as “grunge” became a fad.  

Going to shows in that time was also starting to get weird: frat and sorority types from the University of Washington would start showing up in Nordstrom-purchased Official Grunge Flannels™ and on at least one occasion I can recall the newcomers ended up leaving bloody–with folks from the hardcore punk end of the grunge spectrum teaching some lessons in proper decorum.

We resented the hell out of becoming a zoo exhibit in the press and being condescended to by the university students; there was a heavy working class vibe in my end of the pool and folks could see how all of this was starting to warp our little scene and make things weirder and weirder. I suspect the end of this little scene came as folks–fans and bands–started to move on, and the whole thing faded pretty quickly.

So what has any of this to do with this movie blog? Plenty. Many of these bands saw inspiration in the sort of films I talk about here: Mark Arm’s Mudhoney–arguably the most important overlooked Seattle band–takes its name from the 1965 Russ Meyer film of the same name; Poison Idea (from nearby Portland) used a bit from another Russ Meyer joint from ’65, Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! Many, many, many of the posters up around town announcing shows were clearly inspired by low-budget film movie art.

There were court-jester concept bands that added to the scene whose clear point of departure were the schlocky late night B-movies on continual reruns. Exhibit A would be The Mummies who have tracks on some of their albums named for any number of these films, but are best remembered for “You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes,” and also for dressing in costume for their raucous stage shows:

I submit Man, or Astroman as Exhibit B. I believe both The Mummies and Man, or Astroman are still around in some iteration or another:

So, since both of these things–schlocky movies and grungy post-punk are near and dear to my heart–and since they feed one another, expect to see this blog punctuated with some tunes from here on out! Let’s pretend it’s 1989 again, when we were cool, or something.

Faster pussycatI took a week off, but we’re back.  The “right side” of the original bracket is decided: Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) has beat out all the competition over there, especially I Drink Your Blood (1970); She-Devils On Wheels (1968); Blacula (1972); and Ilsa, She-Devil of the SS (1975), which Faster took on directly.

This week, we wrap on the “Left Side” conference pitting two real works of art against one another. These are different kinds of movies from different eras, so a hard choice.  The winner takes on the Russ Meyers masterpiece of exploitation, above:

See you next week for the last match-up!

 

We’ve arrived, after a fashion, at our final five films, as chosen mainly by you. I say “mainly,” because one match-up that had originally ended up in a tie was re-competed, and ended up in a tie once again. To keep things moving along, I’ve made an executive decision in favor of one film.  Somehow, I doubt you’ll mind.  Because this match-up has lingered a bit, it’s thrown off our nice even numbers, so we have a final five, not final four.  Again, I doubt you mind terribly.

At any rate, here are your Final Five:

1. Black Sunday (1960), after tying with The Day the Earth Stood Still, twice.

2. The Thing (1982), after beating Witchfinder General (1968) 3 votes to 2.

3. I Drink Your Blood (1970) beat The Exorcist (1973) in a 4-0 shutout, the second shutout for IDYB in as many rounds!

4. Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) finally put an end to the reign of terror wreaked by She-Devil on Wheels (1968).

5. Carnival of Souls (1962) is still patiently waiting after beating Grizzly (1976) a couple rounds ago.

So here are this week’s match-ups, awaiting your consideration:

1960s Horror!

Go ahead, watch the whole thing!

The winner of this match takes on The Thing!

Exploitation Championship!

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Do yourself a favor while you make up your mind, and give the Badasses, Boobs, and Bodycounts podcast a listen–it’s most recent episode covers this one.

The winner of the round will be our “right side” conference champ, fwiw.

I’m loving, loving, the fact that as our little contest winds down, that the most recent movie still in contention, The Thing, is 32 years old.  Also, how is it the The Thing is 32 years old already?!

This week something happened in Match-Up 6 that I had not anticipated: a tie.  So, we’ll re-compete that one (Day the Earth Stood Still vs. Black Sunday).  Also, the first shut-outs of our competition so far!  Here’s how it shook out last week:

Day the Earth Stood Still–1 vote (50%)
Black Sunday (this week’s “Movie of the Week,” coincidentally)–1 vote (50%)

Carnival of Souls–4 votes (100%)
Grizzly

The Thing–3 votes (100%)
The Birds

Witchfinder General–2 votes (67%)
Them!–1 vote (33%)

I Drink Your Blood–3 votes (100%)
Christine

The Exorcist–3 votes (75%)
ThanksKilling–1 vote (25%)

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!–3 votes (75%)
Blacula–1 vote (25%)

She-Devils on Wheels–3 votes (75%)
Toxic Avenger–1 vote (25%)

All of the above carnage brings us here.  So, here are this week’s matches:

The Re-Match!

Kurt Russell or Vincent Price?

Satan/ists!

Exploitation-palooza!

Next time, Final Four!

At this point, we’ve eliminated half of the films we started with, and have arrived at our Sweet 16! But before we get to that story, I have to go over this story–how Match-Up 4 shook out.

This Story 

Match-up 4 had about half the votes of 3, which is fine, and here’s how it all went down:

Hi-Brow vs. Low-Brow Horror

The Birds (1963)–3 votes (60%)
Night of the Lepus (1972)–2 votes (40%)

Come All Ye Witchfinders!

Witchfinder General (1968)–3 votes (60%)
Mark of the Devil (1970)–2 votes (40%)

Possessions ‘R Us

The Exorcist (1973)–3 votes (60%)
The Devil Rides Out (1968)–2 votes (40%)

Exploitations’ Best Leading Ladies

Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! (1965)–3 votes (60%)
Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS (1975)–2 votes (40%)

That Story

So, with these we have our Sweet 16.  This week we’ll work through these eight matches, so we can get at a Final Four next time out:

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951):

vs.

Black Sunday (1960)

Grizzly (1976)

vs.

Carnival of Souls (1962)

The Thing (1982)

vs.

The Birds (1963)

Them! (1954)

vs.

Witchfinder General (1968)

Christine (1983)

vs.

I Drink Your Blood (1970)

ThanksKilling (2009)

vs.

The Exorcist (1973)

Blacula (1972)

vs.

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Toxic Avenger (1984)

vs.

She-Devils on Wheels (1968)

Happy Voting, see you at the Elite Eight next week!

I’m a little late this week–I was out of town for a bit last week.  Here’s how Match-Up 3 fared:

1960s Horror Pioneers

  • Carnival of Souls (1962)–6 votes (67%)
  • Blood Feast (1963)–3 votes (33%)

John Carpenter Bake-Off!

I really expected this result to be the opposite of what we got here:

  • The Thing (1982)–6 votes (60%)
  • The Fog (1980)–4 votes (40%)

Contemporary Zero-Budget Nightmares

  • Thankskilling (2009)–3 votes (60%)
  • Birdemic (2010)–2 votes (40%)

Blaxploitation Still Rules

To many, Shaft is the King of Blaxploitation, but Blacula seems to be the prince of campy blaxploitation.  Camp wins every time.

  • Blacula (1972)–9 votes (82%)
  • Shaft (1971)–2 votes (18%)

These results bring us to here, and as you can see, we have one more set of four matches to go to bring us to a Sweet 16–some of those will be blow-outs, while others could be more interesting.  So, for this week:

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow Horror

Come All Ye Witchfinders!

Possessions ‘R Us!

Strong Leading Ladies

Same rules as always–a week to vote in the above polls, and we’ll see where we’re at in another week!

Here, Mrs. I Love Terrible Movies and I put together a fun little 32-team bracket featuring bad guys/monsters/villains of horror and exploitation films I’ve seen in the past year or so.  In case you forgot who’s who, I’ve embedded the film trailers below.

Tweet me or comment on this post by a week from today (1 April) for your faves to advance to the Sweet 16.

Yeah, yeah, I know this is going to finish up well after “March Madness” will–sue me.

Klaatu vs. Gill-Man

From Outer Space … A Warning and an Ultimatum

Clawing Monster From A Lost Age strikes from the Amazon’s forbidden depths!

Asa Vajda vs. Dr. Phibes

The Undead Demons of Hell Terrorize the World in an Orgy of Stark Horror!

There are two sides to Dr. Phibes…..both of them EVIL!

Jaws Ripoff-a-Thon!

They’re waiting to slither you!

18 Feet of Man-Eating Terror!

The Man vs. Fuad Ramses

She Escaped Death. Now It Wants Her Back!

A Weird, Grisly Ancient Rite Horrendously Brought To Life In Blood Color!

 John Carpenter Face Off!

Man is The Warmest Place to Hide

It is night. It is cold. It is coming.

Birds vs. Lepuses

…And remember, the next scream you hear could be your own!

How many eyes does horror have? How many times will terror strike?

Mothra vs. Them!

SEE the armies of the world destroyed! SEE the BIRTH of the world’s most terrifying monster! SEE the war of the GIANTS!

A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!

Jeff Morrow Slapfest!

PLANET ROBBER TRAMPLES EARTH…STEALING ENERGY FOR OTHER WORLDS!

Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!

Cars vs. Houses!

Body by Plymouth. Soul by Satan.

Houses Don’t Have Memories

Battle of the Nihlistic Cult Leaders!

Let it be known, sons and daughters, that Satan was an acid head.

You’re Invited To Orville’s “Coming-Out” Party…It’ll Be A Scream…YOURS!!!

Recent Zero-Budgets!

Why did the eagles and vultures attack?

Gobble, Gobble, Motherfucker!

The Devil You Say?

The beauty of woman, the demon of darkness, the unholy union of “The Devil’s Bride”

Somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. The world of darkness.

Vampire Madness!

His bite was outta sight!

It will cost you sweat and tears, and perhaps… a little blood.

Badass Bitches!

The most dreaded Nazi of them all!

Russ Meyer’s ode to the violence in women

Treevenge vs. Troma

The first Super-Hero… from New Jersey!

Badass Biker Babes!

They’re Looking for a Few Good Men.

See! Female Hellcats Ruling Their Men With Tire-Irons As Their Instruments Of Passion!