lost password recovery

recover my password

Suggest a Songfact / Artistfact

Sign up for our newsletter

Get the Newsletter

Smuggler's Blues by Glenn Frey

Album: The AllnighterReleased: 1984Charted:
  • Frey played a bad guy on the TV show Miami Vice in a 1985 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. Frey described his character in the episode as "This pilot who was a wacko and loved hard rock."
  • 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."
  • Frey wrote this song with Jack Tempchin, a longtime Eagles associate who also co-wrote "You Belong To The City" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling."
  • This was one of several solo hits for Frey during the Eagles hiatus (1981-1993). Explaining the group's breakup, he said, "I started the band, I got tired of it, and I quit."

    Frey's '80s output isn't as durable as that of his Eagles co-founder Don Henley, but he found a contemporary sound that served him well on tracks like this one.
Sign in or Register to post comments

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
see more comments