Behind The Music

Sunday 9:00 PM on VH1
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  • "Behind The Music" chronicles the personal lives of many of the most popular musical acts of the rock era, and occasionally strays into related subjects, such as Woodstock, Hair and radio pioneer Alan Freed, as well as 'year' episodes, which tell the events and issues of certain years through the music of the time. The series was born following the success of a VH1 documentary about heroin abuse. The producers strictly follow a policy of having complete cooperation from their subjects, even when delving into embarrassing issues, which prevents the show from falling into the pitfall of tabloid sleaze. They hunt down possible interviewees, sometimes using detectives, and ask direct, probing questions, which prompt revealing, and brutally honest (we hope) responses. Nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for four consecutive years, BTM has established a rigid formula. We explore humble beginnings, meteoric rises, major setbacks, personal struggles, crippling vices, devasting falls, and climaxes that include revivals, deaths, and career changes. Unfortunately (for us), success has crept in. As BTM became VH1's top-rated show, it also has become a vehicle for commercialism. In 2000, the market was flooded with BTM books, CD's, and videos, and the recording industry started to realise the direct influence the show has on music sales. Vanilla Ice reportedly sold four times more albums after his episode aired, and many back catalogue sales have increased. So the later episodes have veered away from the 'classic' artists, and feature trendy, marketable newer acts. Hence, there sometimes is precious little drama to the artists' stories, and the series has turned rather uneven. Still, there is an occasional worthy tale, though VH1 produces only three or four new episodes per season these days. It's sister show, "VH1's Storytellers", has also been revived .moreless

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  • S 15 : Ep 8


    Aired 12/10/12

  • S 15 : Ep 7


    Aired 11/13/12

  • S 15 : Ep 6

    Toni Braxton

    Aired 10/28/12

  • S 15 : Ep 5

    Gym Class Heroes

    Aired 10/14/12

  • S 15 : Ep 4

    Nicole Scherzinger

    Aired 10/7/12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Forbes


  • Susan Sarandon


  • Adam Sandler


  • Gary Busey


  • Kathy Griffin (I)


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  • Quotes (10)

    • (Bassist) Kasim Sultan: After my first show with him, I found him laying passed out on his back gasping for air, and people were stepping over him, saying 'Hey, great show, Meat'. And I'm yelling, 'Isn't someone going to call a paramedic?' And another guy said, 'Don't worry, he does this after every gig'.

    • Jason Newsted: Axl's got a cigarette holder in one hand and a champagne glass in the other, "My voice is giving me trouble" (Newsted mimes taking a puff and a gulp)....if your voice is giving you trouble you shouldn't probably be drinking or smoking.

    • Dave Mustaine: I have nothing against Van Halen, but [Running with the Devil]'s the most horrible bass line to listen to if you're hung over.

    • Paul Gargano: [on Rob Halford] I had the interview with him, and one of these questions happened to be: "if you could sleep with anyone famous, who would it be?" He looked at me with this completely straight face and said, "Howie Long."

    • Terry Glaze: There's Eddie Van Halen talking at the funeral service; he puts his guitar into the casket with Darrell. It's the guitar off of Van Halen II, the black one with the yellow stripe, it's the guitar; and all I can think is that back in the early days when we were teenagers, if someone would've said, "Darrell, when you die, Van Halen's gonna put that guitar in your casket with you," Darrell would've said, "kill me now."

    • Jerry Abbott: (On his son's death) Underneath all that hard rock 'n roll exterior was a little boy.

    • Zakk Wylde: (on Dimebag Darrell) He's just up in God's tavern, mixing cocktails for everybody, hanging out with Randy Rhoades, John Bonham, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin--everybody.

    • Vinnie Paul: It was weird for the fans, you know. They wanted Pantera. I mean, you've been serving people Coca-Cola for two hundred years, and all of a sudden, you tell them we're changing the flavor, and it's now gonna be called Diet Rite.

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    Notes (30)

    • VH1 sent detectives to track down Milli Vanilli, and spent two months meeting with Rob and Fab, to convince them that the show would be respectful, and their story would be told with empathy.

    • Just eight months after the premiere episode aired, Rob Pilatus was found dead in a German hotel room, from a combination of pills and alcohol.

    • VH1 modified this episode, to include the tragic death in April, 1998, of Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus.

    • Narrator Jim Forbes was not originally featured in this episode, but was used to add narration later, when it was 'updated'.

    • Mark David Chapman appears as himself.

    • Keyboardist Billy Powell later admitted that he told lies about the aftermath of the plane crash, including statements he made in this episode.

    • This episode aired exactly twenty years to the day after the tragic plane crash in Magnolia, Mississippi, on October 20, 1977.

    • Although Meat doesn't seem to remember much about the years following his breakdown, VH1 produced a TV movie in 2000, 'Meat Loaf: To Hell And Back', which covered the period in great detail.

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    Trivia (3)

    • The band's forthcoming single, Maria, is featured heavily in this episode, beginning a trend toward using the show as a promotion vehicle.

    • Weird Al recalls when Coolio was mad that Al parodied Coolio's popular hit "Gangsta's Paradise" with a song called "Amish Paradise." In an earlier clip, Coolio tells the press that he didn't give Al permission to use that song. If Al needed permission from anyone, it should have been from Stevie Wonder because "Gangsta's Paradise" was an interpolation of Wonder's "Pastime Paradise."

    • What was the bands name before Matchbox Twenty and who were the original guitar players ? ANSWER : Tabitha's Secret , Jay Stanley and John Goff

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • A Legendary series

    By rogerstillstone, Apr 10, 2015

  • One of my favorites.

    By gracielove, Nov 08, 2012

  • There once was a time when VH1 was something more than a wasteland of mindless drek aimed at teens who have the attention span of a sound bite. Some say it is a legend. But I was there. I saw it all! This was it's finest hour.

    By my1sunshine, May 21, 2008

  • behind the music is a documetnary series that talks about popular artists / bands's lives inside ond outside the music industry.

    By heylin_prince, Jan 20, 2008

  • one of the best shows vh1 has to offer!!!

    By freshfan, Aug 07, 2007