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TV Shows - Behind the Music

Each show focuses on a musician or musical group, documenting both the successes of the musicians and the problems they faced during their careers. Except for the first two episodes (which focused on Milli Vanilli and M.C. Hammer), all programs are narrated by Jim Forbes. Forbes was later used to narrate the Milli Vanilli episode when it was modified to include the death of Rob Pilatus. The UK airings of the episodes focusing on Thin Lizzy and Genesis were narrated by Mary Anne Hobbs while Forbes narrated the US airings. VH1's criterion for choosing the musicians who appear on the show is, in many cases, to profile those who are no longer in the music industry, or were moderately significant enough in rock history to appear on the series. This is as opposed to VH1's other biography show, VH1's Legends, which profiles musicians that have been very significant to the industry. However, there are some artists that were profiled on both Behind the Music and Legends, including Tina Turner, Queen, Elton John, John Lennon (although Behind The Music exclusively focused on the months and days leading to his murder in 1980) and Pink Floyd (although their Behind the Music was the U.S. airing of the BBC produced documentary Behind the Wall in June 2000). The Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall documentary focused mainly on the making of the band's 1979 album The Wall, the concert shows that went with it and the making of the Pink Floyd: The Wall movie and features no narrator. Another episode of Behind the Music on KISS was re-christened KISS: Behind the Makeup in July 2001 (which was 2-hours in length). This featured Matt Pinfield, formerly of MTV's 120 Minutes, as narrator instead of Jim Forbes. Behind the Music came to be after Paul Gallagher and George Moll produced a one-hour special entitled Dying in Vein which first aired on VH1 in December 1996. While Dying in Vein was a magazine style show, its approach to storytelling served as the prototype for Behind the Music. A short-lived half-hour spin-off series titled BTM2 (short for Behind the Music 2), chronicled the careers of newer upcoming artists. The show has recently been resurrected and will begin airing episodes in the summer and into the fall of 2008, starting with profiles on Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behind_the_Music
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1 Whole show becomes a cliche Where wasn't this cliche format parodied?
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2 Change of Focus More Emerging Stars Than Established
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Shameless Self Promotion Faded Stars Use As Platform For Rebooting Career
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5 Chris Gaines episode Episode wasted on Garth Brooks alter ego
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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7 BTM2 silly modern band spinoff
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1 Icemouth, I agree the Chris Gaines debacle was something this show would have been better to have steered a wide berth from rather than participated in [and is it any wonder Keith Urban himself has given a wide berth to Garth Brooks whenever possible since then]. However; too many times this show let whoever they were featuring shamelessly spin and churn excuses for their past problems without making the slightest attempt to call the subjects on said spin. One could practically set one's watch predicting the arc of Early Years, Early Success but THEN a setback [which got endlessly explained/excused away] THEN the inevitable plug the subject's latest release at the close to supposedly put them back on the road to eternal success thereafter. Never did they say 'Well, he blew it and it was all his fault. Not bad a musician in his day, though.' So, in spite of a few moderately fun and vaguely informative episodes especially towards the beginning, I vote Day One. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on December 5, 2012, 4:31 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I loved this show until it started focusing on one hit wonders. Milli Vanilli? Vanilla Ice? Really? -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on December 4, 2012, 2:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The Chris Gaines (Garth Brooks failed "rock" persona) episode. How did they manage to get Billy Joel to participate in that fiasco? -- Submitted By: (John63btf) on December 3, 2012, 12:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Used to enjoy it when it had either well established performers or ones that were once popular but had faded out of the spotlight. Show really started to suck when they had newer "artist" who usually had some new album out around the time of the episode. It just became another premotional tool for the record companys to use. -- Submitted By: (JMoose) on November 30, 2012, 4:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 It's getting worse. Now they have episodes on Pitbull, The Game, T-Pain, Nas, Akon and other artists few people are ever going to care about. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on February 15, 2012, 5:04 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 It got to the point in which every person/thing profiled turned out to have a 'new project' the show shilled at the end. Oh, and did anyone else wish just once the narrator would have said 'They blew it and it was all their fault!'? LOL -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on August 23, 2011, 1:22 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 It becomes the vehicle for entertainers to reinvent themselves. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on August 9, 2011, 6:47 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I really enjoyed BTM when they focused on established stars such as Weird Al, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, and Meatloaf. I even enjoyed Ozzy (it was before the whole Osborne reality show exploitation). But then they started focusing on rising stars and flavors of the month, I lost interest. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 4, 2009, 9:09 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Chubby Rain, I couldn't have summed it up better myself. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 3, 2009, 4:00 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 This was a really fun show when they detailed some great stories that had some bands that had some real stories- like Motley Crue, MC Hammer, Ozzy Osbourne etc. But when they have to drag out new talentless groups like Britney Spears and Lil' Wayne to try to raise ratings and the even more ridiculous BTM2 (a half hour show about new artists- lame) it started to go down the drain. Also the funny thing about the show was that the guy that did the announcing's voice, his phrases and mannerisms, the way the show was shot, and even the music became so cliched that all of the stories felt the same. You knew when the "bad music" started and the guy with the serious voice came on- they decline and fall into drugs after big fame was coming, followed up by the usual 5 minutes at the end where it "was on the upswing" and every burned out one hit wonder and 80's glam band had a new future in like 2005 or whatever- right... Well anyway this show was always a guilty pleasure, honestly who didn't want to know the backstory of RATT? -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on March 26, 2009, 6:25 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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