Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011)

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For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a ... See full summary »



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For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between. Bechard bravely eschews including the band's music, photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome's wildly varied discography and infamous antics. Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold ... Written by BRAD SEARLES

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While Hansi Oppenheimer came up with the original idea to do a fan-based film about The Replacements, her film included the band's music, photos and video clips. Once director Gorman Bechard took over the production, he used none of Oppenheimer's footage and completely started over from scratch, keeping only the film's name and the concept of interviewing fans. And in pure Replacements fashion, he also tossed aside the idea of using any music, photos or clips of the band and decided that the film would now be a serious look at the band's history from start to finish, as well as a study of how the right band can change one's life, as seen solely through the eyes of not only fans, but critics, contemporaries, and those influenced by The Replacements. There is no music in the film, nor are there any interviews with the band members, or any clips of live performances, solely because Bechard wanted none in the film. That a music doc without music had never been made is what truly excited the director about the project. See more »


Dave Foley: People always asked if we wanted to be the Beatles of comedy, and we would say, 'No, we want to be the Replacements'.
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Best Thing Ever Done on the Mats
8 May 2011 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing Color Me Obsessed at the last screening at the Trylon in Minneapolis. And I can say, pretty much without hesitation, that this is the definitive version of the Mats story. It covers everything and I mean everything you could ever want to know about this band unlike they've ever been covered before. It presents so many great stories, people who were influenced by them, people who just love them, and a lot of new facts. I can think of three things regarding their album Tim alone which I have never heard before. And I've read everything on the band, including the online bible which is massive. To even compare this to the All Over But The Shouting book is just silly. Sorry, I hated that book. The author didn't even interview most of the people in it. Its like half made up of quotes from articles and reviews on the band. (To the person who complained about the article quotes used in the film. What movie were you watching? There were only three that I remember, the guys from Wilco and Drive-by Truckers, and one from the late Jim Dickinson, who would have been tough to get considering. While there were like over a hundred people in the film talking to the camera. You're like complaining about 30 seconds in a 2 hour movie.) The book has no flow, it sort of jumps around and makes no sense. I was so annoyed when I finished reading it. The movie though made me just want to be able to see it again. It tells the bands story from start to finish, using the albums as chapters. If you didn't know anything about them, you'd understand everything by the end. And though I would have loved to see clips of the band, they were never missed. No, really. I know it sounds strange but the story works without the music or the band. I'm not even sure how. But it does. Maybe the Mats have a really good story, and this is a really good movie. The director introduced the film and told us he was giving non-fans all the info they needed to discover the band as us die hards did way back when. And that the die hards didn't need the music, we'd already be hearing the songs playing in our heads during the film. He was so right. I've been a fan since 1981 and I think this is a great movie. I'm glad the bands story has finally been told.

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