Next up in my series of interviews to celebrate the launch of the new Gutter Books anthology ‘Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by The Replacements’ is Gorman Bechard – director of the documentary ‘Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements’.
Name: Gorman Bechard
Story Title: “If Only You Were Lonely”
Firstly, what drew you to this anthology?
I’ve been a Mats fan since 1983 when I saw them open for REM at a small club in New Haven. I directed the Replacements documentary, Color Me Obsessed. I think they are probably the greatest rock band of all time. How could I have not been drawn to it?!
How did you first get into the band, and what was the first Replacements album you owned?
I saw them open for REM in 1983. Hated them. They were quite possibly the worst band I had ever seen, and we were right at the stage. They were drunk and obnoxious. Then a few months later I go into my local record shop and get handed what the owner thinks I’ll like this week. The “I Will Dare” 12 inch was in the pile. I could not believe this was the same band I saw at Toad’s Place. So I buy “Let It Be”, and realize this was the band that was going to save rock and roll! It was everything I looked for in a record.
How would you pitch your story to potential readers?
Sex, violence, booze, repeat. With a femme fatale that you would die – and/or kill for – to fuck. (Perhaps literally.)
This story aside, does music have an important influence on your fiction?
Yes, every book has a soundtrack playing as I write and rewrite.
Apart from your own one – do you have any favourite stories in Waiting To Be Forgotten?
I am honestly waiting until I can hold a real copy of the book in my hand to read the others. Not a fan of reading on electronic devices.
Do you have any additional publishing plans for the rest of 2016 and 2017?
Yes, this anthology sort of planted a seed. I’ve just finished a novel called “Let It Be”, in which I deconstruct the eleven songs on the record, and turn them into a collection of eleven stories, which are all linked by a central character, a young woman. We follow her story from age 7 to 38. The stories don’t necessarily have anything to do with the songs, but are more about how the songs make me feel.
Finally, if you had the opportunity to put together a music-themed anthology, which band or artist would you choose?
As much as I’d like to say Wilco or Archers of Loaf, I know right now it would be Lydia Loveless. She is the new Replacements for me.