Hi pals, coming up on this week’s episode of Go With The Heat Valerie Gordon returns, surprising everyone, to help her friend and frame someone else for murder in the final lost episode Too Much Too Late. This is the penultimate episode of all of Miami Vice and of This Week In Vice. Next week is the final episode of This Week In Vice and the last time we’ll be covering the 1980’s. For the second to last time, this wee we’ll be looking back to Oct. 1 to Nov. 18, 1989, when Miami Vice was King.
On Oct. 17 at 5:04PM, just before the start of game 3 of the Bay Bridge World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Fransisco Giants, a 6.9 earthquake struck the Bay Area. Centered in the Santa Cruz mountains and named for the nearby Loma Prieta Peak, the earthquake devestated the South Bay with ripple effects all over Northern California. With millions of dollars in damages, over 3,000 injured and 63 people killed in the quake it also happened on live on national television as the two local Bay Area teams were playing each other in the World Series.
As a Bay Area native, this quake is a major moment in my life. Dozens of buildings damaged, bridges and overpasses collapsed and millions without power left the area in shock for years and is still talked about by those who lived through the event. The one bright spot was on Oct. 28 when my favorite team, the Oakland A’s, finished their sweep of the Giants to win the World Series.
In the fall of 1989 there are only three songs that will reach number one on the Hot 100. Although all three are great, there’s one mammoth song we have to talk about. The other two songs to reach the top spot are Listen to Your Heart by Roxette and When I See You Smile by Bad English. These songs are fine and all, but they’re not Janet Jackson.
By a landslide the biggest song of this time period and perhaps the biggest song of 1989 is Miss You Much by Janet Jackson. From the mega album Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 which had number one songs from 1989 to 1991, a massive tour and even a movie, this was the first single released and immediately hit number one. The song, the beat, the dancing and the music video are all examples of Janet’s greatness that would endure through most of the 90’s.
There are only two movies that rule the box office of fall 1989. One of them is from last week with Black Rain winning two weekends in early October. But the biggest movie and dominating the box office for 5 weeks is Look Who’s Talking. Starring John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis and Bruce Willis as the voice of Mikey this movie was a surprise hit. To be totally honest, I’d rather watch Uncle Buck.
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 for our last two episodes ever. I’d love to hear from you! Email the show firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @gowiththeheat. That’s all for this week, I’ll be back one more time next week to say goodbye to the 80’s. Bye pals.
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