Hi pals, coming up on this week’s episode of Go With The Heat we’ve made it to the last episode of Miami Vice. Over the last 3 years we’ve reviewed all 108 previous episodes and it has finally brought us to this. With the series finale Freefall it also means this is the last episode of This Week In Vice. In this, the ending episode, this week we’ll be looking back to the last days of the 80’s, from Nov. 19 to Dec. 31, 1989, when Miami Vice was King.
On December 3, Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George Bush declared the Cold War over. The two met just a few weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Malta Summit as the two countries relationship warmed leading up to the Gulf War.
On Dec. 17 a little animated show called The Simpsons aired on Fox and I’m sure no one has heard from it since…
You can tell the 80’s are coming to an end just by looking at the music that has graced the top of the Hot 100 in the last months of 1989. But in our last This Week in Vice we have the best of the best of the 80’s. There are three songs that reach number one in this time stretch. First lets get the other two out of the way to get to the all-time classic. First up is Blame It on the Rain by Milli Vanilli which we’ve talked about a lot over the last few weeks. Up next is We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel. From the album Storm Front this was one of 3 number one’s on the album.
But, there is no way we end the 80’s and This Week in Vice without talking about Phil Collins one more time. From the multi-platinum album … But Seriously is Another Day in Paradise. The song would win a Grammy for Record of the Year and be one of Collins’ biggest hits. The album featured several classics including I Wish It Would Rain Down and others. Another Day in Paradise would be Collins’ last Hot 100 number one and I can’t think of a better way to end This Week in Vice than with one of my favorite songs of the 80’s from one of the decades most prolific artists.
For the last time we’ll talk about movies we have 4 films winning the box office to end 1989 with, of course, some of the decades best. First up is Harlem Nights starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. The period piece was also written and directed by Murphy and judged too harshley by critics. Next is The War of the Roses starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. Directed by DeVito its the epitome of 90’s materialism taking front and center.
The last two are classics. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson is Back to the Future Part II. Flying cars, hoverboards and self-lacing shoes are all components of the film and many modern tech companies announcements. Finally our last movie and the last number one movie of the 1980’s. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and the rest of the Griswolds in the timeless holiday movie National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. This movie is synonymous with Christmas and tradition for millions of households every year.
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 look at the final episode of Miami Vice. I’d like to thank each and every one of you that’s been with me on this journey. I’m happy I’ve been able to relive so many amazing memories from the greatest decade of the 20th. century. I’ve had a lot of fun over these 108 episodes and I’m sad to say goodbye. I’d love to hear from you! Email the show firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @gowiththeheat. That’s all for the 80’s and for me, officially signing off This Week In Vice, bye pals.
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