So I heard when the first Mission Impossible movie was being made the director had initially pegged Japanese/French acid jazz outfit United Future Organization to score the theme.
When he played it for Tom Cruise, Mr. Katie Holmes predictably went and pulled a star fit and told the director ‘I don’t know who they are, and don’t care. 86 ’em and replace with U2, thanks’.
DAMN YOU XENU!
Well Mr. Hunt, perhaps next time you’ll choose from our wonderful selection today.
Besides the aforementioned U.F.O., The James Taylor Quartet also lays down a great acid jazz version
Laugh all you want at his Proud Mary cover but Leonard ‘Mr Spock’ Nimoy cuts a killer Mission Impossible theme.
Siberian throat singer Bugotak‘s version is the hands down weirdest, yet thoroughly enjoyable, one of the lot.
Have to admit I have a soft spot for Psychobilly, so I included Meteors’ surfworthy side project The Surfin‘ Dead‘s version. And on that topic, also got a couple of great surf guitar covers from the likes of Dynamic Subarashi and Laika & The Cosmonauts.
Out of the 60’s garage come The Kane Triplets who pepper their take with some proprietary vocals.
The late great No Wave artist Lizzy Mercier Descloux cut two funky, breaks-worthy takes.
Longtime French Acapellists, The Swingle Singers, ‘Dum Dum Ba DUM DUM‘ their way through their version.
Verve Records jazz cat, Jimmy Smith takes the MI Theme and his Hammond into some funky unexplored territory.
And I guess it wouldn’t be a proper Versions Galore post without a good reggae cover and both Sly& Robbie and Randy’s Allstars don’t fail to amaze.
Hopefully these tunes won’t be self destructing anytime soon.
United Future Organization – Mission Impossible
James Taylor Quartet – Mission Impossible
Leonard Nimoy – Mission Impossible
Bugotak – Maadai-Kara (Mission Impossible)
The Surfin Dead – Mission Impossible Theme
The Dynamic Subarashi – Mission Impossible
Laika & The Cosmonauts – Mission Impossible
The Kane Triplets – Theme from Mission Impossible
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Mission Impossible
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Mission Impossible 2.0
The Swingle Singers – Mission Impossible (a cappella)
Jimmy Smith – Mission Impossible
Sly & Robbie – Theme from Mission Impossible
Randy’s Allstars – Mission Impossible