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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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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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The best rock n' roll band you never heard..
27 March 2011 | by (Florida USA) – See all my reviews

Absolutely thrilled that this film came to Tampa first. Interviews with Jesse Malin (another personal favorite singer and songwriter of mine) Tommy Ramone and close friends of the Replacements gives you a different view of the band. They are personal heroes to many but they were just normal guys trying to have fun. In the music world people starve for attention and push their demos on record labels but not these guys. My favorite part of the film was where it is said that Paul insists "Track#1" on "Hootenanny" be played in a club as a first listen of the new album by the fans and DJ. That was just wonderful. And if you don't know why, well you need to. Taking my fiancé with me was great. We both have different tastes in music. (He-newer metal, Lamb of God etc..) Came in pretty uninterested but left asking me questions all the way home for the two hour drive. Now that is a good documentary! You can try and push The 'Mats but it isn't needed. People will always find their way.


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