Red 7 captured the heart beat of 'Miami Vice' with this tune
One complaint you hear about popular music is that it all sounds the same. Well, sometimes even the '80s were not immune from that criticism. Today we visit the '80s movie Manhunter and the song Heartbeat by Peter Gabriel - no wait, it's Red 7.
A veteran TV writer for shows like Starsky and Hutch, Michael Mann came to prominence in the '80s as the executive producer of Miami Vice and Crime Story. He also started his directorial career in the '80s with the underrated Thief starring James Cann, Tuesday Weld and Willie Nelson. His forte of the crime drama coincided with the casting of William Petersen as FBI profiler agent Will Graham in 1986's Manhunter. Based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, one of Manhunter's legacy is the introduction of the Hannibal Lecter (spelled Lecktor in Manhunter) character in the movies. (In Manhunter, he was played by a young Brian Cox). Despite the buzz of the movie and Peterson being named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the "Hot Actor" in their debut Hot Issue, the movie failed at the box office.
With most Mann movies, the soundtrack played an important role in setting the tone for the movie and among the songs included in Manhunter was Red 7's Heartbeat. Whether you heard it back in the day or for the first time today, you cannot deny that Red 7 lead singer Gene Shashuk sounds like a Peter Gabriel clone. Produced by Genesis' Mike Rutherford, Heartbeat's origin did not begin on the Manhunter soundtrack as it also was on Red 7's 1985 debut album and was featured in Season 1 of Miami Vice.
Red 7 would make one more album before losing their pulse. Mann would emerge triumphal in his directorial career when he would rattle off a long list of awarded films such as Last of The Mohicans (92), Heat (95) and The Insider (99) among many others. Peterson would also rebound from Manhunter and become one of TV's most admired characters playing Gil Grissom in the original CSI. In 1991, Anthony Hopkins portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Silence Of The Lambs would create one of the most iconic villains in cinema history that inspired the recent NBC series.