A Song for the Weekend #3 – Smugglers Blues by Glenn Frey

A Song for the Weekend #3 – Smugglers Blues by Glenn Frey

Welcome to this week’s Song for the Weekend. With the passing of another music legend last week, I couldn’t miss out on sharing my memories of the ’80’s version of Glenn Frey.

Of course, he was initially famous for being a member of the well-known group, The Eagles, but then Frey went on to find success in his own right by writing songs which featured on some of the prominent film and TV hits of the time. The ‘Heat Is On’ is famous for the film ‘Beverley Hills Cop’ but I prefer the songs that Glenn Frey wrote for the smaller screen and, namely, the TV show ‘Miami Vice’.

Each week, during the mid-1980s, Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs would make an appearance on my TV. Don Johnson had his face on my bedroom wall and I would go into school the morning after the night before, ready to discuss the previous night’s events on the programme with my school friends. 

I can remember saving my pocket money and buying the Miami Vice soundtrack. Even now I cannot drive along to ‘In the Air Tonight’ without thinking of Crockett speeding along in his black Ferrari. Also on that album were two songs by Glenn Frey; ‘You Belong to the City’ and ‘Smugglers Blues’.

Michael Mann, the creator of Miami Vice, heard the song ‘Smuggler’s Blues’ on the radio. The song told of the seedy world of drug smuggling in Florida which was in line with what Miami Vice was all about so Mann commissioned an episode with the same title. The writer worked lines from the song straight into the dialogue, and Frey himself was cast as Jimmy Cole, a pilot who helps Crockett and Tubbs track their man into Colombia.

This song really does bring back so many memories.

Glenn Frey – Smuggler`s Blues Video (1985) from MTVClassic1 on Vimeo.

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  1. January 26, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    I hadn’t realised about his second career, but then again that’s not so surprising for me. I do remember Miami Vice though and maybe, swooning once or twice too. Such an eighties classic, thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo

  2. January 22, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Hi Victoria, my husband was a great fan of Miami Vice. It used to be on telly at about two in the morning over here and being a night bird he used to stay up and watch it. The song ”The Heat Is On” is a proper 1980’s flashback. I recognize the ‘Smugglers Blues’ song but wouldn’t have known who was behind it.

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  3. January 22, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    I’d never heard that song before – I think “The Heat Is On” is the only Glenn Frey song I know. I quite enjoyed watching the video and hearing Smugglers Blues for the first time! It’s certainly been a sad start to January for the music/film world though.
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