My wife and I have been on a Rockford Files kick of late. We’ve been watching the show on Netflix from the first episode forward. We’re still in Season 1, but man is that show even better than I remembered it.
My wife’s always been a Rockford Girl. She thinks James Garner is the most handsome man ever on a TV series. I used to dig the show as a kid, digging Rockford’s hair, erect shirt collars, and general sense of Mandom, but I didn’t dig him that way. Until this recent kick, however, I couldn’t remember much about the show other than the theme song and his cool car. I thought one of those Cagney and Lacy women costarred with him, but I was confusing it with Rock Hudson‘s ’70s PI show, McMillan and Wife. He wasn’t as hot as His hair hair wasn’t as good as Rockford’s. Speaking of the theme song, does any TV theme song better encapsulate its main character than Mike Post’s classic, which perfectly captures the sound of Rockford’s renegade cowboy of a 1970s PI?
But this isn’t the reason I bring up Jim Rockford’s and his never-changing rate for his detective services. I’d like to engage in a discussion of the local music rockonomy as you have experienced it.