First we lost River Phoenix, then we lost Kurt Cobain. It was a one-two punch to everything moody, plaid, and totally rage-y. We suffered hard. Shortly after Cobain’s suicide a small indie film Empire Record. began shooting. Although never a huge success it did go on to become a cult classic leading people to this day to still celebrate the fictional Rex Manning Day.
In the film, pop-star Rex Manning is set to visit Empire Records on April 8. It has always seemed like a random date until actor Ethan Embry, who played Mark in Empire Records sent out the following tweet.
The reason we picked April 8th as the day to have the powdered/coifed Rex Manning visit Empire is because Kurt was found on the 8th of April, the day the music of the 90s lost its mascot.#RexManningDay
— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) April 8, 2018
See how deep the 90’s were? Twitter gets it.
— Johnny Whitworth (@johnnywhitworth) April 8, 2018
— Juanita (@Sw33tH3art666) April 9, 2018
Every year… Rex manning day somehow reminds me of itself… which sounds like a very Rex Manning thing to do now that i think of it. Empire Records is one of my top 10. I loved it so much & have watched it so many times. ❤️
— Heather Linn (@Heatherondo) April 8, 2018
— Paultoes (@paultoesjohn) April 9, 2018
@Hammonaco did you know this? This is fascinating.
— Josh Gershman (@gershj) April 8, 2018
Always play with their minds…
— Dereth Salchak (@moonieq2) April 9, 2018
Folks celebrate the film and the day with
— Donna (@smyleymom) April 8, 2018
— Justin Woodall (@futonreformer) April 7, 2018
— MrGoldenOldies (@Golden0ldies) April 8, 2018
— LA_fangirl (@LA_fangirl1) April 8, 2018
— ToadtheWetSprocket (@ToadWetSprocket) April 8, 2018
— Sandy Hendrian-Kuk (@iSandyK) April 8, 2018
— LRS (@renard_spicer) April 8, 2018
There is also news of an Empire Records Broadway Musical.
Empire Records is coming to Broadway! https://t.co/W6dYf0nCLa
— Vulture (@vulture) April 7, 2018
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) April 6, 2018
— billboard (@billboard) April 7, 2018
This announcement is making people feel things.
Turning Empire Records into a Broadway Musical. Already prepared to say that this will pop my theatre cherry, one of my top 5 favourite movies.
— Luke A (@hayrooster) April 9, 2018
Just added “willing to shave my head and show my midriff” to my resume https://t.co/PlAC0TjHWY
— Pearl Rhein (@pearlrhein) April 9, 2018
A day late since yesterday was a zoo, but I found out on #rexmanningday that they are making Empire Records into a musical. Much as I am disturbed by the trend of retrofitting movies into musicals, I may have to see that one.
— Harley Easton (@Harley_Easton) April 9, 2018
— lukeprater (@lukeprater) April 8, 2018
— michael welke (@mwelke12) April 6, 2018
This could be the greatest thing since sliced bread. #damnthemansavetheempire
— The House With The Blue Door (@thwtbluedoor) April 8, 2018
i’m actually screaming just a little bit
— q (@haileyq_) April 7, 2018
damn the man. no one asked for this.
— blah inc (@ladyBlanc) April 6, 2018
— Mike (@mikeycubed) April 6, 2018