A song from U2’s earliest days will appear on the soundtrack to “Killing Bono,” the Paramount Pictures film being released April 1 in the U.K.
“Street Mission,” a song from 1977 when Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and the Edge’s brother Dik Evans were calling themselves the Hype (video below) , is performed in the film by the musician-actors portraying the band in its earliest incarnation.
Sony will release the soundtrack March 28; there is no release set for the U.S. of either the film or soundtrack.
The rock ‘n’ roll comedy is based on the lives of the two schoolmates who left the band that would eventually become U2. In the film, Neil McCormick and his brother Ivan leave Dublin for London in the early 1980s to become bigger than U2. The film chronicles U2’s career from high school up through their landmark, multimillion-selling album “The Joshua Tree.”
Besides the Hype tune, the soundtrack features the vocals and arrangements of Irish singer-songwriter Joe Echo, who earned a Grammy nomination for collaborating with Madonna on “Celebration.” Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan, the actors who portray Neil and Ivan McCormick, perform on the soundtrack.
A re-issued version of Neil McCormick’s memoir “I was Bono’s Doppelganger,” which the movie is based upon, will be repackaged as “Killing Bono” and released on March 31.