Space Invader
Featured in Episode
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
Did Not Chart
Year Released
Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott
RIAA Certification
Sequence song appears
Lani in arcade with Crockett & Tubbs
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"Space Invader" is a song performed by The Pretenders, recorded on the album Pretenders in 1980. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Trust Fund Pirates".


  • "Space Invader" includes sound effects from the classic video game "Space Invaders", released by Midway in 1978 and is credited with starting (along with Pac-Man and Donkey Kong) the video arcade craze of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Lani was playing "Space Invaders" during the sequence the song appears. Video arcades were a popular teenage hangout in the 1980s (featured prominently in the movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High's opening credit sequence.
  • Two of the band's performers (and both writers of the song) passed away within one year of each other, Honeyman-Scott in 1982 and Farndon in 1983, both from drug overdoses).


  • Chrissie Hynde - rhythm guitar
  • Martin Chambers - drums
  • Pete Farndon - bass
  • James Honeyman-Scott - lead guitar/keyboards

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