BTM2 (partially found VH1 documentary series; 2000)
BTM2 was a short-lived spin-off of the musical documentary series Behind The Music that ran on VH1 in 2000 for 10 episodes. Created by Jeff Gaspin and Gay Rosenthal and narrated by Ambrose Smith, BTM2 had largely the same format as its parent series, with famous musicians who have gained popularity being interviewed and profiled, with the only differences being that each episode was a half-hour long as opposed to Behind The Music's hour-long episodes and that it chronicled newer and upcoming artists at the time.
After ending its run, BTM2 has not been broadcast on VH1, with the show not being acknowledged by the network since as it is not listed on VH1's website. As a result, BTM2 faded into obscurity, leaving most of its episodes missing.
List of episodes[edit | edit source]
|1||Mary J. Blige||Lost||Even as a young girl, this modern-day Aretha was wowing the crowds at talent shows and in her church choir. Mary J. Blige's debut album, What's The 411 (produced by Puff Daddy), defined a new genre: hip-hop soul. Songs like "Sweet Thang" and "Real Love" became instant anthems; a tour with Jodeci brought Mary J. some "real love" of her own with that group's K-Ci. But success couldn't protect this ghetto princess from heartbreak. Her second album, My Life, details the loss of her love, and ushered in some pretty rough times with drugs and alcohol. She faced down serious battles - both emotional and financial - to emerge triumphant with 1999's Mary - a classic soul album which reveals a woman who has come to terms with herself, thanks to her own inner strength and a little help from friends like Lauryn Hill, Eric Clapton and the Queen of Soul herself.|
|2||Dixie Chicks (now known as "The Chicks")||Lost||Do blondes have more fun? This Texas trio answers a resounding yes! So would you if you were the first country band to top the pop charts (with their current album Fly), having hung in there long enough to graduate from the honky tonk circuit to the Lilith Fair stage. Formed by sisters Martie and Emily Seidel and named after the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken," the band began as a rhinestone-wearing novelty act that also happened to be skilled in bluegrass breakdowns. When the Chicks decided they needed a new singer, their mentor Lloyd Maines suggested his daughter Natalie, a sassy girl with a powerful voice and a rock 'n' roll wardrobe. The newly formed trio's debut Wide Open Spaces became the best selling album by a country group, and they've been Fly-ing high ever since.|
|3||Enrique Iglesias||Lost||Don't call this Latin hearthrob a "crossover success"; as Iglesias points out, he "crossed over" at the age of eight, when he moved from Spain to Miami to live with his father, Julio. Not interested in riding anyone's coattails, though, Enrique used the last name Martinez when he embarked on his own singing career, to ensure that he would be appreciated for his music, not his lineage. And appreciated he was, selling out arenas all over the country in support of his debut Spanish-language album, which also won a Grammy. Enrique's first English-language single, "Bailamos," and the album Enrique, has caused nothing less than a sensation. Latin music may be hot right now, but Enrique Iglesias helped to make it hot, not the other way around.|
|4||Smash Mouth||Lost||Hey now! This lovable punk-ska-metal-funk-garage band from San Jose went through a lot - including petty theft, disastrous industry showcases, and even an attempt to be a rap band - before finding themselves "Walking On The Sun" with a cut off their self-released debut album Fush Yu Mang. Thanks to their pal, DJ Carson Daly, Smashmouth had a radio hit on K-Rock without signing a record deal; of course, once the bigwigs heard "Walking" they all came running, and the band threw in with Interscope. Their second album Astro Lounge was even bigger than the first, and right now, say the tattooed love boys, their goal is sun, fun and longevity. They lost founding drummer Greg to chronic back injuries, but he will always be their biggest fan.|
|5||Tori Amos||Partially Found||She was playing piano when she was only 2 years old and, with help from her preacher father, got her first steady bar gig at 14. These are just two elements of Tori Amos' unusual history: After an '80s pop-metal project called Y Kant Tori Read went sour, Amos took her follow-up solo record, Little Earthquakes, to London, where she became the darling of the British press. Today most of her fans fall in the rabid category, thanks to Amos' intensely personal songs and her willingness to stand up for herself. A dedicated performer, Amos tours frequently; fortunately, her husband is also her sound engineer, so the two aren't often separated. An experimentalist with a solid trad pop craft on her side, she recently released the wild, two-disc outing To Venus And Back.|
|6||Counting Crows||Found||They were the buzz of the biz before they'd even made an album, and once Counting Crows appeared on Saturday Night Live in support of August and Everything After, everybody was "Jones"-ing for their classic rock sound to the tune of 1 million record sales a month! Former construction worker Adam Duritz saw his fantasies of stardom materialize before his eyes, and sadly, he found himself unhappier than ever. That's saying a lot; the band music isn't exactly known for its upbeat attitude. Escaping to L.A. and into the arms of friends like Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, Duritz played regular guy (even bartending at the Viper room) until he felt like being a rock star again. Recovering the Satellites and 1999's This Desert Life followed, showing fans a band that is still at the top of its game while staying down to earth.|
|7||Paula Cole||Lost||Paula Cole's story is that of a prom queen from Rockport, Mass., who experienced a personal and professional awakening when she discovered her natural musical gift. Work in high school theater productions led to a stint in the gospel choir at the world-famous Berklee College of Music, where Cole eventually formed her first band. Her gigs may have been playing airport lounges, but her songs and voice were good enough to catch the attention of Peter Gabriel, who hired the young singer as part of his touring ensemble. Not content in the "backup vocalist" role, Cole began working in earnest on a record of her own music. 1996's This Fire was her breakthrough album. Supporting the self-produced disc (for which she won a Grammy), Cole became a major player in 1998's Lilith Fair tour, getting almost as much attention for her armpit hair as for her big hit "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" 1999's Amenfinds her embracing basic themes of love and gratitude.|
|8||Bush||Found||Having risen to huge heights on the coattails of grunge (and on the heels of Kurt Cobain's suicide), Bush's emotional, driving sound was dismissed by many as paint-by-numbers pop. Having a teen idol-handsome lead singer didn't add to the band's street cred, needless to say. But Gavin Rossdale and Nigel Pulsford, who named their band for the town of Shepherds Bush, stand by their original inspiration and motivation: a passion for American post-punk bands like the Pixies and, yes, Nirvana. A stint in L.A. schooled Gavin in the American music of the late '80s/early '90s; he says he started singing as a way to overcome shyness. But the road to Platinum success wasn't an easy journey for Bush. In fact their label initially refused to put out Sixteen Stone until KROQ in California started playing a demo of "Everything Zen." In early '95 Bush fulfilled an early dream by playing CBGB's in New York, and within months they were performing to crowds in the thousands. Now, as their third and latest album The Science of Things sells progressively fewer records than the last two, Bush take an honest look at where they are and where they've been. Gavin's superstar girlfriend, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, tells of the highs and lows of living a rock star fantasy.|
|9||Geri Halliwell||Found (British version)||Geri Halliwell tells the remarkable story of a starstruck girl from Watford England, who followed her dreams of fame to fast food restaurants, topless modeling gigs, and even a stint hosting a Turkish game show before she read about an audition for an all-girl group. Severely depressed over her father's recent death, Geri almost didn't make it to the audition. Something got her there, though, and Geri/Ginger embarked on a wild ride around the world with her pals Sporty, Scary, Baby and Posh. A meeting with Nelson Mandela and her own breast cancer scare at 18 got Geri thinking about making a difference in the world, and when a Spice Girls TV taping conflicted with a charity appearance she chose the latter. Now a UN Ambassador and solo superstar (her album Schizophonic yielded three #1 singles in the U.K.) Geri Halliwell is a shining example of the very thing the Spice Girls symbolized to so many young women: Girl Power.|
|10||Beck||Found||For Beck Hansen, music has always been a source of amusement and sanity. The child of Bibbe Hansen, who he describes as an "Auntie Mame" figure, young Beck found refuge in the folk songs and 78s he found at the library. During a year-long stint on New York's Lower East Side he discovered the anti-folk scene and learned that "you could play a punk rock song and make it sound like a Woodie Guthrie song" and vice versa. When Beck sat down with producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf one fateful afternoon in L.A., he wasn't trying to do either one; he was trying to rap, and the resultant song, "Loser" -- conceived, written and recorded in six hours - became the opening track of Mellow Gold. The song was both his ticket to creative freedom and an albatross around his neck. Beck's second major label release, Odelay, was a critically lauded landmark; its wild pastiche of songs unleashed the party man who showed up to rock the millennium on 1999's Midnight Vultures. That said and done, today Beck's preferred indulgence is "a good night's sleep."|
Availability[edit | edit source]
Four full episodes of BTM2 are available online, with one (Geri Halliwell) being the British version from a Channel 4 broadcast. There is partial footage of the Tori Amos episode courtesy of a fan's YouTube channel, though judging from its title, the remaining footage of the episode might have been available for viewing at one point, before being made unavailable. In addition, screenshots and a full transcript of the Tori Amos episode have been made available through another fan's website. The remaining five episodes are considered lost. In addition, videos of snippets of the episodes were available on the BTM2 webpage which were playable using Quicktime and Windows Media Player, but are no longer able to be played on the archive of the webpage.
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See Also[edit | edit source]
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- Screenshots and transcript of the Tori Amos episode. Retrieved 9 Aug '21
- Archived BTM2 webpage on the VH1 website. Retrieved 9 Aug '21