In 1992 I saw the movie Singles and I was smitten. I loved the grunge soundtrack and street styles of the characters in the film. At that point in my life, I’d never been to Seattle (and I had no idea I’d end up living there). I simply enjoyed the plot and the aesthetic.
After moving to Seattle, I’d heard that a lot of the movie was actually shot in the city. There are scenes throughout Capitol Hill, at Gasworks Park, Pike Place Market, and Jimi Hendrix’s grave. When I opened my business in Seattle, every day I would park my car around the corner from the building where the characters lived in the film. A U-shaped brick building at East Thomas and 19th Ave East. It was the closest block that didn’t have a time limit on parking!
I especially enjoyed the style of Bridget Fonda’s character, Janet Livermore, so when I realized it was the 30th anniversary of the film (and that the length and color of my hair aligned with Janet’s look), I drove to the location and did a little photo shoot. Now I’m definitely not the first person to pose on those steps (there used to be a big “no trespassing” sign posted on them). But I might be one of the few to show up in character.
Thankfully, the sign was gone. But thirty years of greenery obscured the address a bit. You can still see that I’m at 1820 though. I should have taken pruning shears with me! It’s funny that I used to have that exact carpet bag. I wish I had kept it.
I’m not sure where the iconic bench photo was taken (Pioneer Square, perhaps?), and I suspect the props crew placed it there for the film. So I didn’t worry about tracking down the right location. I simply found a nice (clean) bench near my home for the shot.
Have you seen Singles? It’s been a while since I have. I’m listening to the soundtrack now and it holds up well. Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Alice in Chains, Jimi Hendrix. It’s worth a listen if you like heavy guitars. Perhaps I’ll rewatch the film. Maybe it stands the test of time too.
2 responses to “Thirty Years of Singles”
WOW!!! Loved this post! You did a fabulous job dressing in character!! I had to take a second look. (I looked at the first two photos before reading). At first glance, I thought the first photo was you till I saw the second photo. That was brilliant, interesting and so creative!
Did you already have that dress or buy it for this photoshoot? Looks like someone might have stolen the original address sign for a souvenir. 😏
Little did you know that you’d be moving to Seattle eight years later. I’ve never seen SINGLES but plan to watch it. 😊
i wish you a happy new year