By 2000, HERC had given up discovering new music via the radio preferring to listen to his mixtapes and CDs. That's not to say he was out of touch with the latest hotness - through a network of a few trusted friends including John Book, HERC had his finger on the pulse on the genres of pop, hip hop, metal, alternative and even country. He also heard new music via movie and television soundtracks and as he settled into his chair in the darkened theater to watch Mission: Impossible II on Memorial Day Weekend 2000, little did he know he was about to hear two new Summer Songs. Metallica's snarly, growling start/stop "I Disappear" played over the film's closing credits. Though HERC hadn't always been a Metallica fan, he finally came around after hearing their epic "One" off ...And Justice For All and had attended two concerts by the band as well as been present for the madness that accompanied the release of their self-titled album in 1991 when nearly 200 fans packed into a record store meant to hold maybe 50 after midnight to be the first to get their hands on the new album. After some disappointing music from the band following that landmark album, HERC was glad to hear the boys back in top form. (Of course, the Napster brouhaha quashed those good feelings real quick. For the record HERC never used Napster, not even once. His friends did though and through them HERC heard files that sounded like complete and utter crap which was the sole reason he refrained.) HERC really liked the movie (and he is fully aware you probably didn't) and the soundtrack was icing on the cake for him. "I Disappear" received many, many head-bangin' air guitar run-throughs that Summer. And still does to this day.
Though he doesn't consider himself a fan of the band, their name or their music (and especially not the red hat wearing man), HERC really digs Limp Bizkit's "Take A Look Around", the opening of which is heard in the background of a few of the movie's scenes because it is basically a rocked up version of the Lalo Schifrin's original theme from the Mission: Impossible TV series the films are loosely based on. It is another dynamic rocker, the perfect release for HERC's somewhat stressful life at the time. "Take A Look Around" completes the one-two punch that started with "I Disappear", two of HERC's Summer Songs from the Summer of 2000.