I had to go to Vimeo instead of YouTube to find the video for this song, which is one of the better examples of a story video. Miami Vice even used this song as the inspiration for an episode with the same title. Glenn Frey played a smuggler pilot; I think his character ended up as badly as his character in the video.
Frey did a lot of work for movie and TV soundtracks in the 80s; I think it’s one of the reasons a lot of his solo work doesn’t hold up as well as, say, Don Henley’s does. But as I’ve stated many times before, being middle of the road and mainstream doesn’t mean your work takes less talent and skill. “Smuggler’s Blues” might be terribly dated now (or not, if you listen to some of the news coming out of Mexico these days), but it’s a pretty tight Rock-Pop tune. And I love the video.