Miami Vice Theme

The Miami Vice Theme is an instrumental piece by Jan Hammer from 1985 and the theme song of the TV crime series Miami Vice. It was a number -one hit and is also included on the first soundtrack album of the TV series.


Hammer, who was in charge of the theme song for the series, made several suggestions; already played the first of his topic was what was accepted. The issue was apparently before the fast pace of the series. It felt less by its melody than by the electronic " high-tech package".

To hear the first time was the instrumental piece in the first three episodes of Miami Vice, but they played it there with percussion, keyboard and without electric guitar. According Hammers manager Elliot Sears, this was the first version before the release, which was not mixed by hammer. Percussionist David Earle Johnson used at one point a sampled Nigerian drum motif, which is why it came to a copyright process.

The instrumental piece was also used for the NBA All-Star Weekend 1986 and over the years for some American radio stations their title track, for example, Westwood One 's Radio Free DC: The G. Gordon Liddy Show, where the piece from 1992 to 1997 as title track of the radio program was used.

Additional publication on tape

The publication took place on 8 November 1985 in the United States Miami Vice Theme was a number -one hit. The song spent a total of 22 weeks in the American charts; in other countries it became a Top 5 hit. 1986 won the instrumental piece at the Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Instrumental show - Pop ( Best Pop Instrumental Performance ) and Best Instrumental Composition ( Best Instrumental Composition ) Grammy. Since Miami Vice first aired in late 1986 in the German-speaking countries, the instrumental celebrated there until the spring of 1987 chart successes ( Germany: 4th place, Austria: 5th place, Switzerland: 8th place), two years after the song already in use in the English-speaking countries in was represented on the charts. In Germany, the song held the February 9, 1987 a total of 25 weeks in the charts.

Music Video

The music video is a very brief episode of Miami Vice, follow in the plot Sonny Crockett ( Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs ( Philip Michael Thomas ) Jan Hammer, who is a fugitive, while Hammer also the song playing on a synthesizer. At the end of the music video hammer escapes in a helicopter and flies away.

Cover versions