June 17, 2010


It's fitting that Miami Vice, a TV show that is said to have begun its life as a memo at NBC reading simply "MTV cops," would not only be influenced by, but influence, 1980s pop/New Wave culture. The producers spent huge wads of cash on the rights to use original recordings of hits on the show: the program's soundtrack was a veritable Who's Who of 80s performers. Miami Vice was also scored by legendary keyboardist Jan Hammer, and when his theme song was released as a single in 1985, it went straight to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. To this day it remains the last instrumental #1.

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