Today’s music video of the day is Bad Boys, by the Jamaican reggae band, Inner Circle.
Yes, that would be the Cops theme song.
When Inner Circle first recorded and released Bad Boys in 1987, the song didn’t receive much attention. That all changed in 1989 when a new docuseries premiered on Fox. Cops followed the police as they patrolled the streets, dealt with a hostile citizenry, and broke up domestic disputes. Every episode opened with a disclaimer (“All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”) and the opening verses of Bad Boys.
In 1993, the show’s worldwide success led to Inner Circle rereleasing Bad Boys as a single and filming the music video below:
Thirty-one seasons later, Cops is still in production and even those who may not be aware of who performed the song still know the famous “whatcha gonna do?” chorus.