Hi pals, coming up on this week’s episode of Go With The Heat its the last of the Summer reruns of our Miami Vice season 4 review. 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 Sept. 25 to Oct. 29, 1988, when Miami Vice was King.
I’m setting all other news aside and really looking at a sports moment that shaped my life. On Oct. 15 the 1988 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The series was between the LA Dodgers and my hometown heros, the team I grew up just down the street from, the Oakland Athletics. Both teams were powerhouses and had the two greatest closers in the history of baseball in Dennis Eckersley and Orel Hershiser. In game one a crushing blow to the A’s would come off the bat of Kirk Gibson who would hit a walk-off two run homerun to win the game. The A’s would never recover and the Dodgers would win the series 4 to… You know what, I can’t talk about it anymore.
In TV news…
On Oct. 18 the classic show Roseanne debuts on ABC. No political statement or pot-shotting here. Just a reminder that the original Roseanne show in the 80’s was some of the best TV ever made. Put all the personalities aside, the original show is as good as TV was and ever shall be.
Okay, there’s a lot to unpack this time. There are 4 number one songs from a very, VERY wide gamut of artists. First up is the unique and could-only-be-a-hit-in-the-80’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin. Its not a surprise this song was created and its not a surprise its used frequently in popular culture. It is a huge surprise this song reached number one on the Hot 100 for two weeks!
Skipping one I’m going to come back to, we go to Red Red Wine by UB40. This is actually a cover song, but might be the greatest cover song ever. Okay, second behind Jimi Hendrix. Its a song everyone knows but probably don’t know who sings it. Up next is A Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins. This is also a cover song, appearing on the soundtrack for the film Buster. The song was extremely popular and held the top spot for two weeks.
Now to the song I’m most excited to talk about. From the mega album Hysteria is Love Bites by Def Leppard. This is easily my favorite song from Def Leppard and is the only song from the band to reach number one. Even though it only held the top spot for one week its the perfect hair band “feels” song.
As with music there are a bunch of movies that would reach number one in this timeframe. First up is Dead Ringers from the amazing David Cronenberg. This movie received high praise, especially for Jeremy Irons who played a dual role. Next is Gorillas in the Mist starring Sigourney Weaver. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards its actually a mystery why it only held the box office for one week.
Third is Alien Nation, which is probably my favorite movie of our selection this week. Starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin the movie kicked off the Alien Nation franchise that includes a TV show and films, comics and novels. The idea is often used and is now a scifi troupe, having aliens attempt to cohabitate earth after appearing suddenly. Second to last we have The Accused starring Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis. Jodie Foster would win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Sarah Tobias. Last we have Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and at this point I’m just tired. Its about a guy coming back, killing people, yadda yadda yadda. They’re all the same.
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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