You Belong to the City

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"You Belong to the City"
Single by Glenn Frey
from the album Miami Vice soundtrack
B-side Smuggler's Blues
Released November 15, 1985
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop rock, new wave[1]
Length 5:51
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Glenn Frey, Jack Tempchin
Producer(s) Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey singles chronology
"Smuggler's Blues"
(1985)
"You Belong to the City"
(1985)
"True Love"
(1988)

"You Belong to the City" is a song written by Glenn Frey (of the Eagles) and Jack Tempchin, and recorded by Frey during his solo career. It was written specifically for the television show Miami Vice in 1985. The song nearly reached the top of the charts, peaking at number two (behind Starship's We Built This City) on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, although it did reach the top of the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.[2] This song, along with Jan Hammer's "Miami Vice Theme", helped the Miami Vice soundtrack album reach the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart for 11 weeks in 1985, making it the best-selling album of the year and the most successful TV soundtrack of all time.[citation needed] Frey has performed this song live when touring with the Eagles in the past, but has not done so since 2005. A version of the Eagles performing the song can be found on their DVD Farewell 1: Live from Melbourne released that year.

History[edit]

All instruments were performed by Frey except the saxophone part played by studio musician Bill Bergman, as well as the drum track by Frey's long-time drummer, Michael Huey. The song was recorded at Fool On The Hill studios, New York City, in end of 1984. The synthesizer used in this song was a Yamaha DX7.

Music video[edit]

At the beginning of the video, the notes of the introductory saxophone riff are played as Frey sits in his apartment, looking out the window and smoking. Elsewhere, a woman prepares at home for a night on the town. She has Miami Vice playing on the television, a pattern which is repeated every time a television is shown in the video. Frey leaves the apartment and walks the streets of town, his journey interspersed with scenes representative of New York nightlife and culture. He crosses paths with the woman when the taxi she is riding in almost runs over him. Later, they meet again when Frey sees her through the window of a pub, then walks in. She sees him and he watches her brush off the advances of another man, but makes no move to approach her himself. Finally, he gets up to leave, but the woman catches him as he hails a taxi and they decide to walk back to her place together. The video then cuts to Frey leaving her high-rise the next morning. In the final shot of the video, Frey gazes out onto a vista of New York City.

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"If I Was" by Midge Ure
Polish number-one single
December 14, 1985 – December 21, 1985 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Metal Heart" by Accept
Preceded by
"We Built This City" by Starship
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks number-one single
October 19, 1985 – November 2, 1985 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sleeping Bag" by ZZ Top

References in popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon, Allen S. (1998). "Jay-Z: In My Lifetime". Rap Pages (L.F.P. Incorporated) 7: 233. For strictly hard-core rappers, using a white/new wave 1980s pop tune like Glen Frey's "You Belong to the City" would be considered treading on thin ice 
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  3. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989, part 2". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
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  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks: Issue 9414." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0599." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Glenn Frey" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Glenn Frey – You Belong To The City" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Glenn Frey – You Belong To The City". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  11. ^ "YOU BELONG TO THE CITY – Glenn Frey" (in Polish). LP3. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending NOVEMBER 23, 1985 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 1, 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 43, No. 16, December 28, 1985". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1985". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1985 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 1, 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  16. ^ "Jay Z feat. Blackstreet's The City Is Mine sample of Glenn Frey's You Belong to the City". WhoSampled. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 

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