Thursday, July 27, 2006

Return to pink shirts and dock shoes

Play it: Miami Vice - Season 1
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Tomorrow sees the wide release of Miami Vice, Michael Mann's re-visit to his influential TV show from the 1980s. It's getting mixed reviews, but I'm glad that at least it was him doing it and not in the hands of some hack.

One great by-product of the movie's release is the new Sleuth Channel is re-airing of all the old episodes every weeknight at 8PM (EST,) starting with the Pilot episode ("Brother's Keeper") Tuesday, August 1st. And... the first two seasons were released on DVD this week (special combo edition.)

As I was compiling a playlist (in conjunction with the movie) I found myself getting all nostalgic for that era (my high school glory days,) as the songs so capture the mid-80's. I was planning on putting all the seasons together, but after reaching over 160 songs in just 3 seasons, it became necessary to break it out by year. First off, naturally, is season one, which musically is consistenly the best to profile. The show, as legend has it, started as a memo/idea that simply read "MTV cops," and Michael Mann went from there. Whether or not it's true, the series did incorporate MTV style and music into the druglords vs. cops world of Miami, and early on it was pretty in synch with the network. There's no Don Johnson singing (and only one Philip Michael Thomas track) found in the first season, thankfully.

The most famous song moment comes in the pilot with Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight." (PLAY VIDEO CLIP) While it doesn't seem like such a big deal now, it was revolutionary having a song play all the way through interwoven into the dialogue and plot. It's telling that for the new movie soundtrack, the only song redone is this one (by Nonpoint,) as Moby thankfully leaves Jan Hammer's theme behind and creates his own homage. Other surprising moments from the first season soundtrack include "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider, "I Send a Message" by INXS, and "Renegades Of Funk" by Afrika Bambaataa. Naturally I've included special Jan Hammer moments like "Crockett's Theme" and "Rico's Blues," which were on many a new age mix back in the day (wait... did anyone actually have a new age mix back in the day?)

Later seasons would see not just more music, but actual cameos from the performers (Sheena Easton, Glen Frey, Phil Collins, Frank Zappa and more.)

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Miami Vice - Season 1

1. "Miami Vice Theme" Jan Hammer - Theme Music
2. "Miss You" The Rolling Stones - Episode 101 - Pilot
3. "All Night Long (All Night)" Lionel Richie - Episode 101 - Pilot
4. "Somebody's Watching Me" Rockwell - Episode 101 - Pilot
5. "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" Cyndi Lauper - Episode 101 - Pilot
6. "In The Air Tonight" Phil Collins - Episode 101 - Pilot
7. "She's A Beauty" The Tubes - Episode 102 - Heart of Darkness
8. "Missing You" John Waite - Episode 102 - Heart of Darkness
9. "Sharp Dressed Man" ZZ Top - Episode 102 - Heart of Darkness
10. "This Masquerade" George Benson - Episode 102 - Heart of Darkness
11. "Reality Dub" Linton Kwesi Johnson - Episode 103 - Cool Runnin'
12. "Jammin'" Bob Marley & The Wailers - Episode 103 - Cool Runnin'
13. "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown" Augustus Pablo - Episode 103 - Cool Runnin'
14. "Crockett's Theme" Jan Hammer - Episode 104 - Hit List
15. "Tush" ZZ Top - Episode 104 - Hit List
16. "I'm So Excited" The Pointer Sisters - Episode 104 - Hit List
17. "What's Love Got To Do With It" Tina Turner - Episode 105 - Calderon's Demise
18. "Wonderful Tonight" Eric Clapton - Episode 106 - One-Eyed Jack
19. "Jump (For My Love)" The Pointer Sisters - Episode 106 - One-Eyed Jack
20. "New Girl Now" Honeymoon Suite - Episode 106 - One-Eyed Jack
21. "Stay With Me" Teddy Pendergrass - Episode 107 - No Exit
22. "I Don't Care Anymore" Phil Collins - Episode 107 - No Exit
23. "Go Insane" Lindsey Buckingham - Episode 108 - The Great McCarthy
24. "Rico's Blues" Jan Hammer - Episode 108 - The Great McCarthy
25. "Born To Be Wild" Steppenwolf - Episode 108 - The Great McCarthy
26. "Some Guys Have All The Luck" Rod Stewart - Episode 108 - The Great McCarthy
27. "Self Control" Laura Branigan - Episode 108 - The Great McCarthy
28. "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" The Animals - Episode 109 - Glades
29. "I Send A Message" INXS - Episode 109 - Glades
30. "Better Be Good To Me" Tina Turner - Episode 110 - Give A Little, Take A Little
31. "Relax" Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Episode 111 - Little Prince
32. "Tiny Demons" Todd Rundgren - Episode 111 - Little Prince
33. "Turn Up The Radio" Autograph - Episode 111 - Little Prince
34. "Legs" ZZ Top Episode 112 - Milk Run
35. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Pat Benatar - Episode 112 - Milk Run
36. "Poison Ivy" The Coasters - Episode 114 - Golden Triangle
37. "Mr. Lee" The Bobbettes - Episode 114 - Golden Triangle
38. "Lunatic Fringe" Red Rider - Episode 115 - Smuggler's Blues
39. "Tubbs And Valerie" Jan Hammer - Episode 116 - Rites of Passage
40. "I Want To Know What Love Is" Foreigner - Episode 116 - Rites of Passage
41. "Renegades Of Funk" Afrika Bambaataa - Episode 117 - The Maze
42. "Tea In The Sahara" The Police Episode 117 - The Maze
43. "Money (That's What I Want)" Barrett Strong - Episode 118 - Made For Each Other
44. "Treat Me Nice" Elvis Presley - Episode 118 - Made For Each Other
45. "The Glamorous Life" Sheila E - Episode 119 - The Home Invaders
46. "Green Onions" Booker T. & The MG's - Episode 120 - Nobody Lives Forever
47. "Bad To The Bone" George Thorogood - Episode 120 - Nobody Lives Forever
48. "The Rhythm Of The Heat" Peter Gabriel- Episode 121 - Evan
49. "Biko" Peter Gabriel- Episode 121 - Evan
50. "Wire" U2 - Episode 122 - Lombard