The Late Movies: Songs About Spies
By Erica Palan
On this date in 1947, the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency were established in the United States under the National Security Act. In honor of sneaky, stealthy, secretive men and women everywhere, here are six songs about spies.
Spies Like Us
Released in 1985 in conjunction with a Chevy Chase movie of the same name, this tune is Paul McCartney's final solo top-10 hit in the U.S. to date.
This Hall and Oates song was one of the duo's first songs to get heavy rotation on MTV—thanks, in part, to its detective-themed video.
Secret Agent Man
Though this song has been covered dozens of times, the most famous version remains this version by Johnny Rivers, which was used for the opening of the American broadcast of the British spy series Danger Man.
Rush's lead singer, Geddy Lee Weinrab, said this about the song: "It's one of the goofiest songs I think we've ever written, but I'm quite happy with the result. In its own way, I think it's an interesting little piece of lunacy."
Last of the Secret Agents
Nancy Sinatra's title song from her film of the same name was reused as an end title song in Bill Murray's The Man Who Knew Too Little.
The Decemberists wrote this song about the former CIA operative outed by Robert Novak and Bush adminstration officials.
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