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Theme From Mission: Impossible
"Theme from Mission: Impossible"
Mission Impossible single.jpg
Single by Lalo Schifrin
from the album Music from Mission: Impossible
Released1967
Recorded1967
GenreTheme music
Length2:31
LabelDot
Lalo Schifrin
Tom Mack
Audio
"Theme from Mission: Impossible (vinyl)" on YouTube

"Theme from Mission: Impossible" is the theme tune of the TV series Mission: Impossible (1966-1973). The theme was written and composed by Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin and has since gone on to appear in several other works of the Mission: Impossible franchise, including the 1988 TV series, the film series, and the video game series.

Overview

The theme is written in a 5
4
time signature, which Schifrin has jokingly explained as being "for people who have five legs".[1] Schifrin started from the Morse code for M.I. which is "_ _ .."; if a dot is one beat and a dash is one and a half beats, then this gives a bar of five beats, exactly matching the underlying rhythm.[2] The first notes of the theme are played by a flute using a trill. Schifrin's working title for the song was "Burning Fuse."[3]

The actor Martin Landau, who played the character Rollin Hand on the show, attended the recording session for the theme song. "Lalo raised his wand to the musicians and I heard 'dun dun, da da, dun dun, da da' for the first time, and it was deafening," Landau recalled. "Lalo interrupted the band and said, 'no, no, it should be like this.' They resumed and before we could say anything, they had recorded it. I was stunned. It was so perfect. I came out humming that tune."[3]

The original single release peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 19 on the magazine's Adult Contemporary chart in 1967 (Leonard Nimoy, before playing Paris in Mission Impossible in 1969, also covered the theme two years earlier).[4]

In 2010, a fictionalized account of Lalo Schifrin's creation of the Mission: Impossible tune was featured in a Lipton TV commercial aired in a number of countries around the world.[5]

Track listing

7" Single

Side A:

  1. "Mission: Impossible" - 2:31

Side B:

  1. "Jim on the Move" - 3:12

Charts

Chart (1967) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 41
US Billboard Easy Listening 19

Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. version

"Theme from Mission: Impossible"
Theme from Mission Impossible.jpg
Single by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
from the album Mission: Impossible: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
ReleasedJune 3, 1996 (1996-06-03)[6]
Recorded1996
Genre
Length3:27
LabelMother Records
Lalo Schifrin
  • David Beal
  • Larry Mullen
Music video
"Theme from Mission: Impossible" on YouTube

In 1996, the theme was remade by U2 members Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. for the soundtrack to the film. The duo recorded two versions of the song, the main theme and another subtitled "Mission Accomplished". The main theme was used during the end credits.

Chart performance

The instrumental became a hit in the United States, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and receiving a gold certification, selling 500,000 copies there.[7][8] It additionally peaked at number one in Finland, Hungary and Iceland, number two in Australia and Ireland, and number seven in the United Kingdom.

Critical reception

Larry Flick from Billboard wrote that U2 members Clayton and Mullen "cover the film's instantly recognizable theme, effectively funking it up for the '90s with a shuffling jeep beat." He complimented Lalo Schifrin's melody as "suspenseful and compelling as ever" and added, "It'll give fans of the TV show a fun jolt while entertaining a whole new generation."[9] Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report commented, "Those not familiar with this piece of music A) are under five years of age, B) have been living with Theodore Kaczynski for the past 25 years, or C) are not aware of television. This interpretation by half of U2 will be heard by millions of moviegoers expected to see what's been anticipated as the film of the summer. Try cranking this up and driving around the hills of San Francisco! Very cool."[10] Music Week rated it four out of five, adding that the song "should be massive".[11] The magazine's Alan Jones stated, "They have successfully updated it while retaining its more memorable motifs and drafted in mixers including Junior Vasquez, Guru and Goldie to give it a variety of dancefloor flavourings."[12]

Track listings

CD Single

MUMTT75 / 576470-2
No.TitleLength
1."Theme from Mission: Impossible"3:27
2."Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)"3:05
Total length:6:32

12-inch Single

12MUM75 / 576471-1
No.TitleLength
1."Theme from Mission: Impossible"3:27
2."Theme from Mission: Impossible" (Junior's Hard Mix)8:50
3."Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)" (Dave Clarke Remix)4:30
4."Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)"3:05
5."Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)" (Cut The Red Not The Blue)4:35
6."Theme From Mission: Impossible" (Junior's Hard Dub 1)7:44
Total length:32:11
MUMCD75 / 576471-2
No.TitleLength
1."Theme from Mission: Impossible"3:27
2."Theme from Mission: Impossible" (Junior's Hard Mix-Edit)4:10
3."Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)"3:05
4."Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)" (Cut the Red Not the Blue)4:35
5."Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)" (Dave Clarke Remix)4:30
Total length:19:47

Charts and certifications

Cover versions

Jazz organist Jimmy Smith recorded a cover version for his 1968 album Livin' It Up.

One cover version was recorded by French No Wave artist Lizzy Mercier Descloux on her 1979 album, Press Color.[57]

The theme's melodies form the basis of Limp Bizkit's 2000 single "Take a Look Around", which was recorded for the soundtrack of the second film.

Russian ethnic band Bugotak recorded a Russian-language rap song with ethnic Siberian instruments based on "Take a Look Around", the theme and "Empty Spaces" by Pink Floyd, entitled "Missiya Maadai-kara nevypolnima".

American rapper Kanye West and producer Jon Brion created a remix version at the end credits of the third film.

Brave Combo covered the theme as a "deep groove cumbia" on their 2008 album, The Exotic Rocking Life.

Houston rapper Chamillionaire, remixed the theme song for his cancelled third album Venom in 2010.[58][59]

Tiësto created a dance remix version of the theme to promote the fourth film in the series Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).[60]

In January 2013, violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling and The Piano Guys, Steven Sharp Nelson (cello) and Jon Schmidt (piano), released their interpretation of the "Theme from Mission: Impossible".[61][62] The arrangement is true to the Schifrin original, but also employs a passage with a liberal use of the Piano Sonata in C by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart K. 545 first movement and a self-composed passage to end the piece.[63] The arrangement was introduced with a music video having a comedic cloak and dagger theme. Two official copies of the video have garnered nearly 10.7 million views (as of April 2021) on Lindsey Stirling's YouTube channel[64] and over 20 million views on The Piano Guys YouTube channel (as of April 2021).[63]

For the promotion of the fifth film Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Japanese guitarist Miyavi covered the theme.[65]

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