80s Hair Metal Era

Paramount+ Announces Documentary on the ’80s Hair Metal Era

Paramount+ has announced the upcoming premiere of a new docuseries titled “Nöthin’ But a Good Time: The Uncensored Story of ’80s Hair Metal,” set to debut later this year. Revealed exclusively on June 20, the three-part series is directed by Jeff Tremaine and is based on the book by Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock. The docuseries promises an in-depth exploration of the bold 1980s hair metal scene, featuring interviews with some of the era’s most influential musicians and dedicated fans.

The series will provide a comprehensive look at the hair metal phenomenon, which dominated the rock music scene throughout the 1980s. With its flamboyant fashion, high-energy performances, and unforgettable anthems, hair metal left an indelible mark on music history. “Nöthin’ But a Good Time” aims to capture this vibrant period through candid conversations and rare footage, offering a fresh perspective on a genre that continues to captivate audiences.

Director Jeff Tremaine, known for his work on the “Jackass” franchise, brings his unique storytelling style to the project. In a press statement, Tremaine expressed his enthusiasm for the series, calling it “a celebration of the most outrageous decade in rock n’ roll. It’s my love letter to the ‘80s.” The docuseries promises to deliver a “fresh and shockingly candid behind-the-scenes look at one of music’s most iconic eras,” showcasing the wild ambition and larger-than-life personalities that defined hair metal.

The docuseries features a star-studded lineup of interviewees, including Poison frontman Bret Michaels, Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy, Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, Skid Row guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo, TV and radio personality Riki Rachtman, Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor, and “Jackass” star Steve-O, among others. These musicians and personalities will share their firsthand experiences, shedding light on the highs and lows of the hair metal era.

Bret Michaels, known for his charismatic stage presence and hit songs like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” is expected to provide insight into Poison’s rise to fame and the band’s influence on the genre. Stephen Pearcy will discuss Ratt’s contribution to hair metal with hits like “Round and Round,” while Nuno Bettencourt will offer a guitarist’s perspective on the technical prowess and showmanship that characterized the era. Dave “Snake” Sabo will recount Skid Row’s journey from obscurity to stardom, and Riki Rachtman will provide anecdotes from his time hosting MTV’s “Headbangers Ball,” a show that was instrumental in promoting hair metal bands.

Corey Taylor and Steve-O, although from different entertainment realms, will discuss the enduring legacy of hair metal and its impact on subsequent generations of musicians and performers. Their perspectives will add depth to the narrative, highlighting how the rebellious spirit of the ’80s continues to influence today’s music and culture.

Each episode of “Nöthin’ But a Good Time” will explore various aspects of the hair metal scene, from the glitz and glamour of the Sunset Strip to the backstage antics and excesses that became synonymous with the genre. The series will also examine the cultural and social factors that fueled hair metal’s rise and eventual decline, offering a nuanced view of this dynamic period in music history.

As the release date approaches, fans of hair metal and rock history enthusiasts can look forward to an entertaining and informative journey through one of the most colorful eras in music. “Nöthin’ But a Good Time: The Uncensored Story of ’80s Hair Metal” promises to be a must-watch for anyone interested in the legacy of rock n’ roll and the enduring allure of the ’80s.