A "Love Letter" to the Tempe Scene Premieres (Despite Weird Gin Blossoms Rumors)
A rough cut of the movie premiered at the Pollack Tempe Cinemas this past May might have silenced some of the murmurs; any Gin Blossoms fan now snubbing this date-friendly film is missing out on a lot of treats, including a soundtrack of 23 songs from that period by the likes of Dead Hot Workshop, Gentlemen Afterdark, Beats the Hell Outta Me, The Mojo Farmers before they were The Mojo Farmers, Doug Hopkins with the Chimeras, and the Gin Blossoms themselves.
The Gin Blossoms cuts include "Undone," a never-mixed, never-released outtake Robin Wilson wrote a few days after Doug was dismissed from the band. Robert Becker, who played keyboards on the New Miserable Experience sessions at Ardent Studios in Memphis, says, "I know of some really great songs that just never made it out of the studio or basic practice sessions for one reason or another. It was a chaotic time, with people trying to keep the direction consistent with their own personal vision."
While Becker has not seen the movie yet, his own memories of that time are less about a scene than the people who created it.
"It definitely put Tempe on the national map, but mostly it was a group of us who found ourselves together out of common interests and the desire to simply make music because there was little else to do other than work dead-end record store or day labor jobs."
Fittingly, interest in the as-yet-unavailable soundtrack could be what leads to the film snaring a distributor.
Says Holthaus, "I'm talking to a major company that's really interested in the soundtrack. In the industry [now], everything is ass-backwards. I've been told there are companies that will buy the soundtrack, realize it's tied to a movie, and throw money at the movie as a backend, as an afterthought."
People who are going to this floating costume party movie premiere are advised to dress for the period if they like.
"Flannel. Wear some Doc Martens and flannel," says Holthaus.
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