Yes, this song sounds more than a little ridiculous, except that I really, really love it. It’s the perfect theme song for one of the craziest, sleaziest films ever made, Gary Sherman’s 1982 film “Vice Squad.” Wings Hauser, who plays a sadistic pimp named Ramrod (is that a great villain name or what?!?), contributes this gem of an opening song, written by Simon Stokes, previously featured on Dave’s Strange World with his angry senior citizen anthem “Hey You”.
If I ever become a professional recording artist, I want to do a cover of this song as my first single. The video would feature me in a blonde jheri-curl wig and black Members Only jacket shrieking this song to some Traci Lords look-a-like in spandex.
Trivia note: Back in the day, Martin Scorsese said that “Vice Squad” should have been nominated for several Academy Awards that year. He liked the movie so much that he got into a screaming match with his then-girlfriend, Paramount studio executive Dawn Steel, over the merits of the film at a Hollywood party.
Here’s the brilliant under-one minute trailer I remember seeing when I was 12 years old: