Hi pals, coming up on this week’s episode of Go With The Heat we’re replaying all our favorite moments from this season of Miami Vice in our season 4 clip show. On This Week In Vice, we’re looking at the summer between seasons 4 and 5. This week we’re taking a look back to June 12 to July 16, 1988, when Miami Vice was King.
On July 3 Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down by the US Navy after the jet did not respond to attempted contact from the US vessel. The aircraft was destroyed adn killed all 290 people on board including 65 children. In 1996, nearly a decade after the tragedy, the US agreed to pay $131 million in a settlement with the families and the International Court of Justice.
In a sports round-up Mike Tyson KO’s Michael Spinks in 91 seconds, Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 1,000 consecutive game with the Orioles, the Yankees fire Billy Martin, and the newly minted Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets enter the expansion draft.
In this timeframe there are 4 songs that would reach the top of the Hot 100. Three came from artists who have been recently seen at the top, including Together Forever by Rick Astley, Foolish Beat by Debbie Gibson and Dirty Diana from Michael Jackson. Each of these songs would be on top for just one week. Rounding out this section of the summer is The Flame from the amazing band Cheap Trick.
From the album Lap of Luxury, The Flame was the pinnacle song for the bands comeback. The album would have four singles that would enter the Hot 100 and this song would be an international hit. Although not written by the band, it was still performed live and is one of the bands most recognizable songs.
This week in movies is really, REALLY tough as three fantastic movies reach number one at the box office. First a personal favorite. I can understand if you don’t particularly care for it, but its still good to me is Red Heat. Starring James Belushi and Arnold Schwarzenegger its a classic mismatched buddy cop story in which a freestyle NY cop is partnered with an intense Russian.
But… Since I know you don’t want to discuss the things I LIKE, lets get into the two other classics. Released on June 22 is Who Framed Roger Rabbit which is actually an under-appreciated film that came out years before computer animation became the norm. The combination of “toons” and regular actors pushed this film to be a critical and commercial success. But, the most important movie released in this time is maybe the decades best romantic comedy…? Starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and a deep cast is the classic Coming to America. Full of deep jokes and one-liners that have stood the test of time, Coming to America is easily in the group of greatest comedies ever.
Coming to America
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @gowiththeheat. That’s all for this week, bye pals.
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