Private Eye (1988)

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A private eye is killed. His brother an ex-cop investigates his death. And he discovers a web of corruption within the police department.

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2 December 2003 | surlygreaser
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| 'Chris Isaak provided twanging, echoing, hiccuping, vocals'
now I'm not sure when this episode played,i think it was at some point during its first several months or so,but in said episode,Chris Isaak over dubbed his vocals for a character named billy ray or some such thing in an episode about payola,murder & rock-a-billy music. Jim youngs,of'the wanderers' & 'footloose'fame,played the twanging' hic-upping'teen idol type,by the way,the actor is also actor john savage's brother of 'the deer hunter' fame and I'm pretty sure the Chris Isaak music was off his first two records,'silver tone' & 'Chris Isaak' respectively. I'm also pretty sure the other music,i.e. background music and such,was played by Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren,being that this show was also from the makers of 'crime story' another series about the same kind of genre that was out about the same time and by the way,i thought both shows had a lot of style and a really 'retro deco neon drenched noirish 50's/early 60's dragnet look' that was really cool. "private eye" having a nu-wave 'rebel with out a cause' kind of feel,complete with a 'unshaven trench coat wearing cigarette smoking' hard drinking' gumshoe type and a 'black leather jacketed,blue jeans, white t-shirt wearing',engineer boot wearing,duck tailed,chopped black 50's hotrod mercury driving',shotgun & switchblade toting',greasey juvenile delinquent' type....it fit the 86/87 stray cats video MTV thing that was popular then for a brief time. "crime story" of course was chalk full of big late 50's/early 60's Oldsmobile's,Cadillac's,Lincoln's,Buick's,Pontiac's,Desoto's,Chrysler crown imperial's and other assorted 'enormously finned automobiles as big as Texas,tough talking' detectives spouting' mickey spillaneisms every other word too usually trembling little wise guy punk types and you couldn't tell who the good guys or the bad guys were,cause they all dressed in black,right down to the tench coats and pork pie hats,until a gun fight broke out that is and a handful of guys would go down in a hail of gunfire and since the good guys always won,ala 'dragnet' & 'highway patrol',you'de know that the bad guys were the punks on the ground all bullet riddled, kinda cool,huh?

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