Almost three decades after the release of their seminal Let It Be, the Replacements are giving longtime aficionados and new fans reason aplenty to listen up. In early 2012, we learned that singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson had reunited in order to record a limited-edition single to benefit former guitarist Slim Dunlap. In October Westerberg revealed that, after 22 years, a new ‘Mats album is a distinct possibility. (Re: “We still rock like murder.”) And while the new documentary on the Minneapolis punks, Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements, is currently available in DVD form, it is also now streaming for free, in its entirety, via YouTube.
The film focuses on “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.” More than 140 interviews were conducted in order to flesh out the Replacements’ story, and those that made the cut include Tommy Ramone, Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart and Greg Norton (for whom it is always Movember), the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy and the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, among others. The DVD includes more than six hours of additional material, from deleted scenes to commentary tracks to a handful of unedited interviews, but the two hours you can get for free are a good place to start.