My theory on [‘Overblown’] is, like, I have a platinum plaque of the Singles soundtrack. So at least a million people bought that record. And I think Piece of Cake sold 150,000. That’s our biggest-selling record. So my take on it is, like, 850,000 people heard us and said, ‘No.’
Sound City premiere at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, January 31, 2013.
INT. SADIE’S ROOM - NIGHT
Pete and Debbie walk in mid-argument. Sadie is listening to a song on her iPhone.
DEBBIE Sadie. Sadie, what are you listening to?
Okay, this is music that makes people happy. And this is what people buy. Right, girls?
She puts Sadie’s iPod in a dock and plays the Nicki Minaj rap “Roman’s Revenge.” They all start rapping along to it. They all laugh and dance and go crazy. Pete turns the iPod off.
DEBBIE Why did you take it off?
PETE Now, something that really rocks.
Pete puts on “Rooster” by Alice In Chains.
This is called good music. From somebody’s heart.
SADIE This is bumming me out. This isn’t fun.
PETE Just listen to these words, okay?
CHARLOTTE I don’t understand the words.
PETE This is lyrics, this is poetry. This is what is going to survive in a hundred years.
DEBBIE It just doesn’t make people happy.
PETE It makes me happy. I can dance to it.
Pete starts dancing around like it is fun.
DEBBIE You’re the only one in the room who’s happy.
Pete stops his music.
PETE Sometimes, I wish just one of you had a dick.
CHARLOTTE Well, we don’t want one.