Theme From Mission: Impossible

Album: Mission: Impossible Soundtrack (1996)
Charted: 7 7
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  • This is a reworked version of the Mission: Impossible television theme song, which was originally composed by Lalo Schifrin and was known as the "Burning Fuse." What became the theme was written for a chase scene, but Mission: Impossible creator Bruce Geller liked it better than what Schifrin wrote for the main theme and used it instead. The theme was recorded for the 1996 movie starring Tom Cruise.
  • Clayton and Mullen are the bass player and drummer, respectively, of U2. It was offered to U2 as a group, but Bono and The Edge did not have time to do it. The updated techno version changes the 5/4 time signature to a more club friendly 4/4. Batman composer Danny Elfman, who rescored the theme for the movie, told Entertainment Weekly: "A great bass line is a great bass line in any era. You can always do something fresh with it."
  • The success of this song prompted producers to have Limp Bizkit rework the theme for the movie's sequel in 2000. "Take A Look Around," a nu metal treatment based on the theme's classic riff, didn't make the Hot 100 but peaked at #3 in the UK.

    Rather than rework the existing theme for the third installment, Kanye West wrote "Impossible" as an additional theme. The rest of the films in the series - Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation, and Fallout - didn't produce versions from contemporary artists.
  • This was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, but lost to "The Sinister Minister" by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
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  • Sean from Toronto, CanadaThis song also had a music video, which featured clips from the movie.
  • Alvin from Sioux Center, Iau2's success prompted the producer's to get Limp Bizkit to do it? Where does that make sense?
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