Bass and Trouble
Featured in Episodes
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
Did Not Chart
Year Released
Language Barrier
Manu Dibango
RIAA Certification
Sequence song appears
"Bought and Paid For": Gina confronts Arroyo at her house
"Payback": Crockett, Tubbs & Cates in bar
Previous Song
Bought and Paid For: "Cold Wind Blows"
Payback: "The Water's Too Deep"
Next Song
Back In The World: "Strange Days"
Payback: "Soul Kitchen"

"Bass and Trouble" is a song performed by Sly and Robbie, recorded on the album Language Barrier in 1985. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episodes "Bought and Paid For" and "Payback".


  • "Bass and Trouble" is one of ten songs that were reused in more than one episode of Miami Vice. In fact, it was the first song to appear in two different episodes of the show.
  • The album Bass and Trouble includes guest appearances (mainly playing instruments) from Miami Vice musical performers Miles Davis and Afrika Bambaataa, as well as Bob Dylan and Herbie Hancock.
  • It is reported that the duo of Sly and Robbie have either produced or performed on 200,000 songs. Some of the artists they have worked with include Black Uhuru, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, Madonna, Mick Jagger and Britney Spears.

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