A documentary about the Replacements and their diehard fans will soon be available to watch in your living room. Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements hits DVD on November 20 via MVD Entertainment Group. The two-disc set will include six hours of extras from the film, about the Minnesota rockers SPIN once called “the last best band of the ’80s.”
Color Me Obsessed debuted at film festivals and art houses last year, so the DVD release opens the ‘Mats doc up a potentially much wider audience. The movie is billed as (deep breath) “the potentially true story of the most influential, always drunk, self-destructive, and yet frighteningly brilliant rock band of all time as told through the eyes of their fans, followers, and fellow musicians.” Among the more than 140 interviews drawn on for the film are discussions with Tommy Ramone, Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart and Greg Norton, the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy, and the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn.
As for DVD extras, expect 19 deleted scenes, two commentary tracks, four trailers, and behind-the-scenes interviews with director Gorman Bechard and producer Hansi Oppenheimer. The DVD also comes with three full interviews: with Hart, with New York music critic Robert Christgau, and with Chicago music critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis.
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 Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls; writers such as Jack Rabid, Legs McNeil, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRegotis, and Greg Kot; and actors such as George Wendt, Tom Arnold, and Dave Foley. Sprinkled in among that esteemed group are the more mainstream fans, who often give the most insightful and heartfelt perspectives of all. Follower or not, after taking in COLOR ME OBSESSED, you’ll be ready to run home, gather some ‘Mats albums, and design a perfect soundtrack of your own.