The X-Files was one of the most popular sci-fi/mystery series of the 1990s and the show’s theme tune was one of those catchy pieces of music that just got stuck in your head.
As a result of the show’s success, two different versions of the theme tune charted around the world in 1996. One was by the original composer, Mark Snow, but the version which was played more on radio here in South Africa was the DJ Dado version.
Dado was an Italian club DJ who specialised in the dream trance genre. Capitalising on the success of his contemporary Robert Miles, who had recently topped the charts with the instrumental hit Children, Dado’s version of The X-Files Theme reached number one in Denmark and reached the top 10 in Switzerland, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the UK, Sweden and Italy.
In most countries it was his only hit, although in his home country he went on to notch up five more top 10 singles, including the number one Give Me Love in 1998.
Which version of the theme was better? Snow’s or Dado’s? Some would argue neither, as Mike Oldfield (famous for the hits Tubular Bells and Moonlight Shadow in the ’70s and ’80s) also released a version from the X-Files movie in 1998.