The movie Color Me Obsessed was recently part of the film screenings at the CBGB Festival with an informative Q&A with filmmaker Gorman Bechard, and is continuing on a tour to Atlanta, July 23 – July 29. It will also appear as part of the Indie West Fest in Ventura, California, July 28th and this Friday, July 27 in New Haven, Connecticut at Café 9. (There will even be a live tribute to the band and other regional musicians after the showing.) See a complete listing of upcoming engagements here and for those interested, there will be a DVD release before the end of the year.
Last year PopMatters declared Color Me Obsessed one of the Top 5 most anticipated music documentaries, and it is certainly worth seeing for anyone who counts the Replacements part of their personal history or any others that wish they could. Bechard made an unusual creative decision not to include the band or its music going into the project. It’d be similar to the Mats, to use their nickname, in that things could have been so much easier for all if everyone adhered to the rules. He found fans on Facebook and Craigslist eager to tell the tale instead, with locales decided by where participants were comfortable doing an interview. So the story revolves around how many concerts people attended (for Bechard, the number was 15) and which is their favorite album (Bechard’s is Tim). It wasn’t until editing the final cut that Bechard decided to add a few photos at the end, a heartbreaking effect after ending with the band’s breakup in 1991.
The effect of not seeing them or hearing their music makes the audience want to run home and listen to the band as well as looking up online resources, especially the train wreck which was their Saturday Night Live performance. (Gawker explores a few of them in a recent article with the backstory.) Bechard can be forgiven for the slight of hand in the editing room with this labor of love, for example allotting screen time to George Wendt comparing the song “Here Comes a Regular” to his hit series Cheers. These indie rock pioneers were a messy group of guys mixing classic rock with punk charged energy and attitude, earning them a place in rock ‘n’ roll history. The music scene simply hasn’t been the same since.