Apollo Four Forty
These lads from Liverpool set up the first Apollo Control Studio in 1990 in a church in Camden, London. From this "command center" they spent much of the decade mixing tracks for the likes of U2, EMF, Shabba Ranks and many more, while creating original music for their own Stealth Sonic Recordings label. In 1994, "Astral America" became the group's first track to hit the U.K. Top 40; in '97 they hit the U.K. Top 10 with "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Dub," a high-energy jungle track that samples the riff from Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love." The outfit's had a steady chart history since (in the U.K., at least), as well as much success licensing songs to films, television, sports, video games and ads. In fact, every track on the group's third LP, Getting High On Your Own Supply, was requested for some kind of commercial purpose. The group's widest U.S. exposure has come from soundtracks: aside from contributing to films as disparate as 101 Dalmatians and S.W.A.T., they've done theme songs for Lost in Space and Charlie's Angels 2000.