The Cue Sheet Podcast, Episode 7: The Music of ‘Miami Vice’

music of Miami Vice

The Cue Sheet Podcast heads to Miami! After returning for a new chat about the music of Gilmore Girls last month, Candice and Jeff are draped in pastel, drinking piña coladas and going deep into the music of Miami Vice.

One of the earliest TV dramas to use a pop music soundtrack in such a pivotal role, Miami Vice had the biggest music licensing budget for any TV show in its day, using music from big name artists like Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Sheila E., Debarge, The Power Station, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Kate Bush, The Smiths, and in somewhat more unexpected moments, Suicidal Tendencies and Ministry. Plus it’s one of only five shows to have its theme song top the charts—any guesses what the other four were?

We talk about the musical legacy of Miami Vice, discuss some of its greatest musical moments as well as a few that haven’t aged all that well, plus the two-word phrase that basically brought this show into existence.

Listen to our music of Miami Vice episode below, and check out our playlist of songs in our favorite moments from the show.

Share some of your favorite Miami Vice music moments in the comments, and let us know if there’s a show you’d like us to cover on a future episode!

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Our theme music is by Bit Maps. Listen to and download their music via Bandcamp.


This podcast referenced the following articles:

Rolling Stone: Jan Hammer on the songs of Miami Vice

Ultimate Classic Rock: 30 Years Ago—Miami Vice ends after changing music forever

Looper: The Untold Truth of Miami Vice


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