A rock docu without the rock, "Color Me Obsessed" features two hours of impassioned testimony from fans of '80s indie band the Replacements -- and not a lick of the group's influential punk-pop itself.
A rock docu without the rock, “Color Me Obsessed” features two hours of impassioned testimony from fans of ’80s indie band the Replacements — and not a lick of the group’s influential punk-pop itself. Even photos of original band members are scarce in a pic bent on spinning its key deficiency as an aesthetic concept. The film does feel haunted, somewhat aptly, by the absence of cult-classic tunes such as “Seen Your Video,” whose MTV clip showed only a thumping loudspeaker. Still, even devotees of the Replacements’ defiant perversity will be unsatisfied with this talky tribute to a noisy band.
Banned from “Saturday Night Live” in 1986, the Minneapolis-based “Mats” made a decade-long career of “controlled chaos,” per critic Robert Christgau. Feuding onstage, where their drunken antics became legendary, lanky singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg and stocky guitarist Bob Stinson gave punk a shambling sincerity that appealed particularly to shy fans, some of whom claim the group surrendered greatness when Stinson got the boot. Likewise wearing out its welcome, the docu continues even past the end credits — ironic for a portrait of a band whose early thrashers clocked in at around two minutes.