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Miami Vice

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Miami Vice, 1984-89
Undercover cops, Miami, cdigarette boats, drugs, fast cars ... wow! (The cars and boats came from seized properties of drug miscreants) Johnson as James “Sonny” Crockett & Phillip Michael Thomas as Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs. Real men wore pastels & stubble beards. Yummy. Crockett had an alligator named “Elvis” on his sailing yacht. (Never a good idea to have a real alligator around) Music played a real part of the popularity of the show. Many, many bands & artists wrote for, performed for the show, or even acted in the show.
This is the original opening theme song (no lyrics)



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Smuggler’s Blues, Glenn Frey, 1985
(Written for Miami Vice, by Glenn Frey,
who acted out the video for the 16th
episode, called “Smuggler’s Blues.




There's trouble on the street tonight
I can feel it in my bones
I had a premonition that
He should not go alone



I knew the gun was loaded
But I didn't think he'd kill
Everything exploded
And the blood began to spill



So, baby
Here's your ticket
Put the suitcase in your hand
Here's a little money now



Do it just the way we planned
You be cool for twenty hours
And I'll pay you twenty grand



I'm sorry it went down like this
Someone had to lose
It's the nature of the business
It's the smuggler's blues
Smuggler's blues



The sailors and the pilots
The soldiers and the law
The payoffs and the ripoffs
And the things nobody saw



No matter if it's heroin
Cocaine or hash
You've got to carry weapons
Cause you always carry cash



There's lots of shady characters
Lots of dirty deals
Every name's an alias
In case somebody squeals



It's the lure of easy money
It's gotta very strong appeal
Perhaps you'd understand it better
Standing in my shoes



It's the ultimate enticement
It's the smuggler's blues
Smuggler's blues



See it in the headlines
You hear it every day
They say they're gonna stop it
But it doesn't go away



They move it through Miami
Sell it in L.A
They hide it up in Telluride
I mean it's here to stay



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