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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 »

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An Excellent Long Awaited Documentary
27 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We've waited years for someone to make a great documentary about the Replacements and we are very fortunate that Gorman was up to the challenge. How do you capture the story of the greatest band ever? I don't know, but Gorman nailed it. He accomplished exactly what he set out to do, tell a story. No music necessary. Gorman leaves you with a thirst for the Replacements that can only be compared to a dehydrated hangover. Make sure your vinyl bar is stocked before you go. You will need a Replacements fix immediately after the show. I loved the movie. I've been a fan since 1985 and the film makes you want to jump right in and tell your story of how you "got it" the first time you heard one of their albums.

Certain thoughts, which have been debated for years, come to mind as you watch the film. Did the Replacements really break up in 1991 or was it over when Bob got kicked out of the band? Did Paul need the chaos of Bob to produce some of his greatest material? Did he need to be Stuck In The Middle of the Stinson brothers? A great band continued to produce great songs after Bob left, but was it The Replacements or The re-Replacements? I don't know. I love all their albums and the way they progressed through the years right up to when Paul finally asks Someone Take The Wheel. Gorman did an excellent job of capturing a period of time when a mythical band called The Replacements ruled Left Of The Dial.


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