Hi pals, coming up on this week’s episode of Go With The Heat Al Lombard comes back to Miami leaving the Vice crew in the middle of a mob war in the first lost episode World of Trouble. With only five episodes to go I’m going to split up the rest of 1989 over these final episodes of This Week In Vice. This time we’ll be looking back to May 7 to June 24, 1989, when Miami Vice was King.
There were lots of minor stories in the news throughout this stretch but the biggest news came from China. On June 4, Chinese troops opened fire on student protestors in Beijing in what many call the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Since mid-April students and civilians had occupied the square and various points around the city. After Chinese Premier Li Peng declared martial law, soldiers moved in to remove the protestors. The Chinese governments confirmed death toll would be 241, however many groups estimate it much higher.
In late-Spring 1989 and in this time period there are 6 different number one songs that top the Hot 100. Many of them are from artists we know and love from the 80’s. These inlcude I’ll Be There For You by Bon Jovi, I’ll Be Loving You (Forever) by New Kids on the Block, Satisfied by Richard Marx. There are a couple newcomers including Rock On by the Young and the Restless actor Michael Damian and from the Beaches soundtrack Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler.
The biggest song from this time is Paula Abdul’s second single Forever Your Girl. From the album of the same name the music video was directed by now famed movie director David Fincher and included a young Elijah Wood and Nikki Cox as backup dancers.
There are a few less movies at number one than songs during the 7 weeks we’re covering for This Week In Vice. Finally dethroning Pet Semetary is the comedy classic See No Evil, Hear No Evil starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Next is the final movie in the Indiana Jones trilogy with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and there never. was. another. Indiana. Jones. movie.
Third is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, the second Shatner directed Star Trek movie in which Spock searches for God. Last on the list is Ghostbusters II which is a reminder that everyone needs to calm down about Ghostbusters reboots, remakes and sequels. Ghostbusters II is just as crappy as all the others.
And that’s everything you need to know that was happening when Miami Vice was king. Be sure to join us on Go With The Heat at gowiththeheat.com. I’d love to hear from you! Email the show email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @gowiththeheat. That’s all for this week, bye pals.
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