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Smuggler's Blues

by

Glenn Frey



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Frey played a bad guy on the TV show Miami Vice in 1985 in an episode based on this song. It was good timing for Frey, who wrote a song about drug smuggling at a time when Miami Vice was looking for ideas.
Miami Vice had lots of musical connections. Singer Sheena Easton also acted on the show, and the show's stars, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, both released albums (Johnson had a Top 10 hit with "Heartbeat"). One episode featured Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight."
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Comments (6):

This was co-written by Frey and his frequent writing partner Jack Tempchin. Tempchin wrote two Eagles hits, "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone". After the group broke up, Frey needed a songwriting partner to help with lyrics since he was no longer writing with Don Henley. So he asked Tempchin.
- Ken, Louisville, KY
On February 1st 1985, Glen Frey starred on the NBC-TV weekly series 'Miami Vice' in an episode called 'Smuggler's Blues'...
The record "Smuggler's Blues" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart on March 31st, 1985; and on June 16th it peaked at #12 (for 1 week), it was also its 12th week on the Top 100 (it spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart)...
It was track six on his 2nd studio album, 'The Allnighter', and the album peaked at #22 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "Sexy Girl" (at #20) and "The All Nighter" (at #54).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
This is an underrated song. I think it is often just written off as cheesy 80's music but I disagree. This song has good guitar and the subject matter is intriuging. The video for this song follows the songs story about drug dealers. I always felt this song never got the credit it deserved.
- brian, boston, MA
Phil Collins sported an AWESOME mullet in that episode. The going bald/mullet look was KILLER!!!
- Jeff, Austin, TX
One episode of "Miami Vice" also featured Phil Collins, himself! It was titled "Phil the Shill" and is one of the funniest episodes of the entire series.
- Karen, Manchester, NH
Well written...tells a story ...good beat and you can dance to it.....I give it a '94'
- rich, elkins, WV
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