Staff pick: Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements

From the August 30, 2012 edition

From their drunken, self-destructive punk rock beginnings to their drunken, self-destructive college rock conclusion, The Replacements accumulated one of the most approachable yet volatile catalogs in American rock ’n’ roll. Fill up both sides of a cassette with their best songs and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better mixtape; the only trouble would be agreeing on which songs to include.

Director Gorman Bechard couldn’t get the band to talk for his documentary, “Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements.” But you know who loves to talk? Fans. So Bechard talked to musicians (The Hold Steady, The Decemberists), critics (Robert Christgau, Ira Robbins) and actors (Dave Foley, George Wendt) to expound on what’s so great about the ’Mats.

After the movie, a boatload of bands including Second State Butchers, SPD GVNR and Animal Cubes will play a tribute at The Summit.