Hi pals, coming up on this weeks episode of Go With The Heat we’re in the middle of our summer rerun series looking back at the best of season 4. 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 July 17 to August 20, 1988, when Miami Vice was King.
On July 21 in Atlanta, Georgia Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic Nomination at the party’s convention. Just a week prior Dukakis had chosen Lloyd Bensten as his running mate against Republican George H. W. Bush. Dukakis would go on to have a campaign plagued by poor decisions including thte famed Tank Photograph just before the general election.
This week we only have two songs that were on the top of the Hot 100 in midsummer 1988. For one week the undeniable classic Hold on to the Nights by Richard Marx would climb to the top spot. But, Richard Marx would be quickly replaced by a behemoth. From the album of the same name is Roll With It by Steve Winwood. Nominated for Record of the Year, Best Male Pop Performance and Best Album Roll With It dominated adult comtemporary charts. I’m sure right now, somewhere in the US a contemporary radio station is playing this song as you’re listening to this.
Lets be real though, Hold on to the Nights is the much better song.
As with music there are only two movies that won the box office in this time. There is one other as Who Framed Roger Rabbit would reach number one 4 weeks after previously holding the top spot. But the two other movies puts me in a real conundrum.
Released on July 29 starring Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue is Cocktail. This classic romantic comedy-drama is the definition of the 80’s, following at hotshot bartender living the trendy lifestyle while chasing his perfect match.
But, the other movie is, in my opinion, better than Cocktail (you heard me). Released on August 12 is the ultimate western Young Guns. With an unbelievably deep cast starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Philips, Charlie Sheen and more the movie is a retelling of the Billy the Kid story. Young Guns would lead to the even MORE important Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory which has, for me, Bon Jovi’s best song ever.
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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