“They didn’t have enough confidence in the material that they had to try and hook kids in with some disco thing.”
— Gene Siskel on Dragnet (1987)
In 1987, Dragnet was released into theaters. Based on the classic television series, Dragnet was a comedy that featured Dan Aykroyd as straight-laced Sgt. Joe Friday and Tom Hanks as his new partner, Det. Pep Streebeck. Perhaps realizing that they had spent $20,000,000 making a movie about a show that most teenagers had never heard of, Universal Pictures decided to promote the film by having Aykroyd and Hanks rap about fighting crime.
The end result was City of Crime and this music video. Collaborating with Aykroyd and Hanks on this song are former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath vocalist Glenn Hughes and famed guitarist Pat Thrall. This video was directed by Marty Callner, who is best-known for doing videos for Aerosmith and Poison.