Chase (instrumental)

Single by Giorgio Moroder
from the album Midnight Express
  • "Love's Theme"
  • "Istanbul Blues"
  • "(Theme From) Midnight Express"
Released 1978
Recorded 1978
  • 13:06 (maxi single)
  • 8:26 (LP version)
  • 3:38 (single version)
Label Casablanca
Writer(s) Giorgio Moroder
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder singles chronology
"Let The Music Play"

"Chase" (also known as "The Chase") is an instrumental composition by Italian music producer Giorgio Moroder. It was released as a single during 1978 from his Academy Award-winning soundtrack album Midnight Express (1978).[1][2] It is a disco instrumental that was subsequently extended and released as a maxi single. It made the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1979, peaking at number 33, and the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 48.


Created especially for the film Midnight Express, Alan Parker, the director of the film, explicitly asked Moroder for a song in the style of "I Feel Love", which Moroder composed for Donna Summer. It was Moroder's first time composing a movie soundtrack.[3] Although a disco piece, "Chase", along with "I Feel Love", is more specifically considered the pioneering introduction of the hi-NRG genre, which came to prominence in the early 1980s. The music was arranged by Harold Faltermeyer under the leadership of Giorgio Moroder. A remix of the song, credited to Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon and renamed "The Chase", was released in 2000 and had a positive commercial performance, charting in several countries.[4]

Track listing

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Chase"   13:06
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Chase"   3:38
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Love's Theme"   3:20


Original version
Charts (1979) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 48
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 33

Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon version
Charts (2000) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 44
Italy (FIMI)[4] 25
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 68
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 44
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 46

In other media

The song was used as the entrance theme for the professional wrestling tag team, The Midnight Express during the 1980's and 1990's, although their name nor their characters were not based on the movie.


External links

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