Listen to UNKLE’s ‘Lonely Soul’ – the Hijack theme song

UNKLE’s ‘Lonely Soul’ is a cool pick for the Apple TV thriller

British electronic, trip hop group UNKLE’s ‘Lonely Soul‘ (feat. Richard Ashcroft) is the theme song chosen for the new Apple TV Plus mini series Hijack.

The track is a cool addition to the Idris Elba-led drama, especially as it features lyrics that are appropriate for a hijack plot — the idea that you are just one ‘lonely soul’ out of hundreds, thousands or millions, and what happens to you isn’t that important in the grand scheme of things.

Although, of course, you might be important to God.

When was UNKLE’s ‘Lonely Soul‘ first released?

UNKLE’s ‘Lonely Soul‘ was one of the tracks released on the music group’s debut studio album Psyence Fiction, which came out in August, 1998 on the indie label Mo’ Wax.

The song includes vocals from now-former Verve lead singer Richard Ashcroft, and was one of several tracks on the album featuring iconic musicians include Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and The Beastie Boys’ Mike D.

It is also the only full-length UNKLE album then-UNKLE-member DJ Shadow appeared on, as he left the group after they toured in support of Psyence Fiction.

The album experienced big success in the United Kingdom, where it charted at #1 on both the Independent Albums chart and the Dance Albums chart, as well as at #4 on the UK Albums chart.

In the U.S., Psyence Fiction saw similar success with a #1 rank on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and a #107 rank on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album also charted in eight other countries including Scotland, Australia and Germany.

Nowadays, while UNKLE is still going strong more than 30 years after the group was founded, it now comprises three members — James Lavelle, the only original member of the group left, vocalist Jack Leonard and keyboardist Matthew Puffitt.

Listen to UNKLE’s ‘Lonely Soul‘ from the Hijack opening credits on the Spotify widget and in the video.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered anime, manga, K-drama and music news for over a decade.