Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Great Soundtracks - Singles

Scenes come and go and scenes will always carry a sense of nostalgia probably far longer than the scene itself was popular. Various capsules of memory will carry on those particular scenes forever. The early 90's will always be defined by "The Seattle Scene" which featured nearly every cool and great band of the time coming out of Seattle, Washington, making grunge music. In 1991 director Cameron Crowe went out to shoot a film called Singles where he used Seattle's grunge scene as his backdrop using bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam in the film. That film, released in September of 1992, would become a visual capsule of life and love in the Pacific Northwest capital. The film went onto massive critical acclaim, while the films soundtrack went on to become just as popular, if not more popular than the film and helped push grunge over into the mainstream more than ever before.

The soundtrack, which featured Alice in Chains, Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Paul Westerberg, The Smashing Pumpkins and famous Seattle native, Jimi Hendrix, captured not only the scene and the city, it captured a moment in time. The grunge scene was loud, furious, angry and most of all full of rage, many attribute it to the city's wet climate, but the music was something that provided a soundtrack to the disenchanted youth of the early 90's. Singles was also one of the first compilations to put an identity and signature on the city and 20 years later, while we can look back and be nostalgic, we can also relish that some amazing music came from that city.

The soundtrack and film also make us hope for a Citizen Dick reunion in the near future.