The band had originally wanted to release the song as a single back in 1987 however the label refused to release it because they felt it was too melodic and didn't represent the band's sound. It would not be released until 1992 to promote the What Hits!? compilation album, a hits package EMI released to cash in on the band's newfound major label mainstream success thanks to their album Blood Sugar Sex Magik and hit ballad, "Under the Bridge".
The music video was released on November 9, 1992 and received heavy rotation on MTV. The video features a mixture of animation and footage of the band from their 1989 "Higher Ground" music video. John Frusciante and Chad Smith appear in the video even though they didn't play on the song and were not with the band at the time it was recorded.
In 1987, the band gave a lip-synched performance of "Behind the Sun" and "Fight Like a Brave" at the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon.
Despite the band's intentions for the song to become a single and years later eventually becoming one, the song has never been performed live although it has been teased quite a few times with its intro including on the band's One Hot Minute tour during "Give It Away". On September 10, 2012, the song was once again teased while the band was performing in Tel Aviv for the first time. It was teased right before "Under the Bridge" was played.
It is also notable in being the only song from the Slovak era to have made it to the charts (although it was released after his death).
Hillel Slovak's brother (James Slovak) named Hillel's biography Behind the Sun.