Monday, October 28, 2019

"Miami" by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

Song#:  2935
Date:  11/15/1986
Debut:  87
Peak:  70
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  With two hits nearly going Top 10 at Pop and three tracks reaching the Rock Top 10, including the #1 title track, Seger's Like a Rock album (#3) was shaping up to be another multi-platinum seller. Indeed over time it would be certified triple platinum. Hoping to squeeze one more hit out of the LP, the label released this fourth single, but it didn't do much to further promote the album. The track made it to a low #42 at Rock while barely making it out of the bottom quarter of the Pop chart. Still, the album outperformed its predecessor, 1982's double-platinum The Distance (#5).

ReduxReview:  This was another good track from Seger, but like his previous single, "It's You" (#52), it was just a bit too laid back to crush through the pop radio competition. I'm sure that by the time this was being released it had been picked up for use (see below) and they were perhaps trying to make a hit out if it just prior to the show's airing, but it just wasn't strong enough to make the journey up the chart. 

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song got picked up and used in the hit TV show Miami Vice. It would be used in an episode titled "Cuba Libre" that aired in January of '87. That episode featured a rare acting appearance by Latin music star Willie Colón. Colón began as a trombonist but also branched out to singing and songwriting. Over his career he has earned ten Grammy nominations and in 2004 received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Latin branch of the Grammys. Seger's "Miami" track was not his first to be used on the show. In an earlier episode, a track from Seger's 1976 hit album Night Moves, "Come to Poppa," was used in the opening sequence.


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