Extreme Ways

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"Extreme Ways"
Extreme Ways.jpg
Single by Moby
from the album 18
  • "Love of Strings"
  • "Life's So Sweet"
Released July 19, 2002 (2002-07-19) (UK)
Recorded 2001
  • 3:57 (album version)
  • 3:32 (single version)
Label Mute
Songwriter(s) Moby
Producer(s) Moby
Moby singles chronology
"We Are All Made of Stars"
"Extreme Ways"
"In This World"
"We Are All Made of Stars"
"Extreme Ways"
"In This World"
Audio sample

"Extreme Ways" is a song by American electronica musician Moby. Released on July 19, 2002 (2002-07-19), it was the second single from his studio album 18. This song is also included on disc one of the American release of Go – The Very Best of Moby.

The track is notably used at the conclusion of all five of the Bourne films. New versions of the song were each recorded for the third, fourth, and fifth films of the series: The Bourne Ultimatum,[1] The Bourne Legacy,[2][3] and Jason Bourne[4] respectively. It was also used as the closing theme for The Hal Turner Show from 2005 to 2009.

Music video[edit]

A video was made for the song in early 2003, and can be seen on the 18 B Sides + DVD and the Bourne Identity "Explosive Extended Edition" DVD.

Bourne versions[edit]

For the first two Bourne films, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, the original version of the song was used during the closing credits. A new version, "Extreme Ways (Bourne's Ultimatum)", was recorded for the third film, The Bourne Ultimatum, and released both on that film's soundtrack on July 31, 2007 (2007-07-31), and as a one-track CD single on September 17, 2007 (2007-09-17).[1] It samples the drum break from Melvin Bliss's "Synthetic Substitution" and the strings from the beginning of Hugo Winterhalter's cover of "Everybody's Talkin'".

Another version of the song, "Extreme Ways (Bourne's Legacy)", was recorded for the fourth film in the series, The Bourne Legacy, and released on that film's soundtrack on August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07). This version was recorded partly at Moby's home studio in Los Angeles and partly at Sony Pictures Studios. At Sony, Moby worked with a 110 piece orchestra with the help of composer James Newton Howard, who scored the film, and composer Joe Trapanese.[3] In addition to the lyrical track, the group also recorded a purely orchestral version of the song.[5] Both versions were released as singles for digital download on July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31).[6]

Moby recorded yet another version of the song, "Extreme Ways (Jason Bourne)", for the fifth film in the series, Jason Bourne, and was released on that film's soundtrack on July 29, 2016.[7]

Thunderbirds Are Go version[edit]

For the ITV hybrid live action/animated series Thunderbirds Are Go, the Jason Bourne version of the song will be used in some episodes of season 2.

Track listing[edit]

MUTE270 (UK)
  1. "Extreme Ways" – 3:32
  2. "Love of Strings" – 6:11
  3. "Life's So Sweet" – 6:31
  4. "Extreme Ways" (video)
  1. "Extreme Ways" – 3:32
  2. Album excerpts – 1:55
    1. "Signs of Love"
    2. "Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday)"
    3. "In My Heart"
    4. "Jam for the Ladies"
V2CP 131 (Japan)
  1. "Extreme Ways" – 3:32
  2. "Love of Strings" – 6:11
  3. "Life's So Sweet" – 6:31
  4. "Extreme Ways (DJ Tiësto's Vocal Remix)" – 7:11
  5. "Extreme Ways (Junior Jack's Club Mix)" – 11:37
Mute 12" vinyl / 12 MUTE270 (UK)
  1. "Extreme Ways (DJ Tiësto's Vocal Remix)" – 7:11
  2. "Extreme Ways (Junior Jack's Club Mix)" – 11:37
  • released February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
Mute 12" / L12 MUTE270 (UK)
  1. "Extreme Ways (John Creamer + Stephane K Remix)" – 9:25
  2. "Extreme Ways (Lee Coombs Remix)" – 8:36
  1. "Extreme Ways (Bourne's Ultimatum)"
  • released September 17, 2007 (2007-09-17).

Chart positions[edit]

Original version[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
French Singles Chart 53
UK Singles Chart 39
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 12

Bourne's Ultimatum version[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
UK Singles Chart 53[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "News: Press Release - extreme ways (bourne’s ultimatum) released on 17th september (available as digital download now)". Moby.com. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moby records new version of 'Extreme' closing theme for upcoming 'Bourne Legacy'". Daily News. August 1, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Moby (2012-07-30). "i've recorded a new version of 'extreme ways' for the bourne legacy". Moby.com. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  4. ^ MobyNews (2016-07-21), Moby - Extreme Ways (Jason Bourne), retrieved 2016-07-21 
  5. ^ Moby (2012-07-31). "brand new orchestral version of 'extreme ways', listen here". Moby.com. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Matthews, Cameron (2012-07-31). "Moby Remixes 'Extreme Ways' for 'The Bourne Legacy' -- Exclusive Video". Spinner.com. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jason Bourne Soundtrack (2016)". www.soundtrack.net. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Moby | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved June 4, 2015.