Song:Theme From Mission: Impossible
Album:Mission: Impossible: Music From and Inspired By The Motion Picture
Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are normally members of U2. This dance remix of the theme from Mission: Impossible scored them a top ten hit in 1996. It's the only time they recorded solo or as a duo. Of course the film was based on the 60s hit TV series Mission: Impossible (M:I). Paramount Pictures had wanted to do a film remake for years. But it finally came together when Tom Cruise and his manager Paula Wagner were starting a production company and Cruise chose M:I as his first project. The film was directed by Brian DePalma and it was a big hit. Alan Silvestri was hired to score the film. But there were creative differences and Cruise hired Danny Elfman to replace Silvestri. Paramount wanted a hit soundtrack album for the film so they made a deal with U2's label Mother Records with Island Records distribution. Of course Clayton and Mullen are big fans of Lalo Schifrin's M:I theme. So they really wanted to record it. But they were nervous about it because they didn't want to mess up. The main change to the theme was by Elfman as the time signature was changed to make the song danceable. They actually recorded two versions. Clayton recorded his in New York and Mullen recorded his in Dublin. There were several remixes done mostly by Junior Vasquez. There was even a music video. The theme from M:I reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album it is on mostly has music that isn't in the movie. That's what "inspired by" means. There is a second CD of Elfman's score for film music collectors. So this was a one shot hit from Clayton and Mullen and they returned to U2. Here's the video for Mission: Impossible Theme by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.