(I'm going to meet a co-star of this movie later this week. Guess who it is.)
I'm a bit ashamed, but Cameron Crowe's syrupy sweet romantic comedy Singles is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's about a group of hip and attractive 20 somethings who live in Seattle and hang out at a coffee shop. Sound familiar? It was the basis for the TV show Friends.
What's not to like? It's got all the stars of the early 90s. Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Matt Dillon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Campbell Scott are in it. And the future stars of the 00s are in it too-- like Jeremy "I was bald in 1992 so how come I've got a full head of hair in 2010?" Piven and Paul "I will only be known for Sideways" Giamatti.
The cars are pretty cool too. Dillon drives an old Ford delivery truck, Campbell an old Saab, and Fonda a Mark I Scirocco (see below).
But the music made the movie truly great. It introduced the rest of the country, and the world, to grunge music, which, in my opinion, is the music genre of Generation X. My vast collection of flannel shirts in college can only be explained with one word: Grunge.
The movie soundtrack contains a who's who of Seattle sound, circa 1991. And many of those musicians had roles in the movie.
Here is Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. He and his band played members of Dillon's band called Citizen Dick. Vedder definitely has a future in acting.
Chris Cornell of Soundgarden makes a brief appearance in this scene involving the infamous VW. For those of you who don't know Cornell, he sung "You Know My Name," the title song to the James Bond movie Casino Royale.
We've also got Alice In Chains, another one of my favorites:
Predictably, Nirvana was too-cool-for-school and refused to be involved in the project.
(Hint to question raised above: The star I am meeting is in one of the Youtube clips above.)