Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Non-Highlight Track - Strength

Song - Strength
Artist(s) - Paul Foss
Released - 1997
Primetime Usage - 2001-05? (infrequent non-highlight track)
Contained on - ATMOS 92 (Virtual Corporation) 
Featured Highlight - Game Balls - Week 2, 2001


The last of the four non-highlight tracks I've ID'd thus far, "Strength" is a somewhat somber & moody piece that wasn't used very often on NFL Primetime.  The clip included here, the Game Balls section from Week 2 of 2001 (the first post-9/11 week), is the first use of Strength I know of.  I think it was used periodically until the end of classic Primetime, but I'm not really sure; I don't really want to sift through five seasons worth of NFL Primetime episodes just to log uses of a rare non-highlight song.  If anyone does have better knowledge of Strength's exact usage, don't hesitate to comment.

Strength is the third NFL Primetime track I've found to be composed by Paul Foss.  It's actually contained on the same album as New Order, which was used for the second-&-final time on the show in the same episode as the clip below.  It's also the eighth song I've ID'd to come from the Atmosphere library, which I believe puts that library third behind FirstCom & Sonoton.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Non-Highlight Track - Mayhem

Song - Mayhem
Artist(s) - David Rogers, Paul Shaw
Released - 1997
Primetime Usage - 1998-03 (primary Inside the Numbers theme)
Contained on - ATMOS 95 (Shockwaves 2)
Featured Highlight - Inside the Numbers - Week 1, 1999

You'll be forgiven if you have trouble distinguishing "Mayhem" from Asphyxia.  They both have a similarly heavy '90s techno-rock sound, they were both used for non-highlight music on NFL Primetime, and they were both composed by David Rogers & Paul Shaw.  Even I've occasionally second-guessed which one I was listening to when sifting through Primetime clips.  My advice for distinguishing them:  Asphyxia was mainly used for Game Balls, while Mayhem was mainly used for Inside the Numbers.  To help illustrate, here's the ItN segment from the first week of the 1999 season.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Non-Highlight Track - Asphyxia

Song - Asphyxia
Artist(s) - David Rogers, Paul Shaw
Released - 1998
Primetime Usage - 2001-05 (regular Game Balls, secondary Inside the Numbers)
Contained on - ATMOS 111 (Impact)
Featured Highlight - Game Balls - Week 10, 2001

In addition to Industrial News, I've found three more non-highlight tracks that were used on NFL Primetime.  The first, "Asphyxia," was the primary Game Balls theme for the final five seasons of classic NFL Primetime.  It was also occasionally used for Inside the Numbers during this period.  The track is found on Atmosphere's Impact album and is available on the web at the Universal site (linked above).  Unfortunately, info about Asphyxia's composers is scarce.  David Rogers & Paul Shaw both wrote a bit for the Atmosphere & Carlin libraries, but I wasn't able to find anything else about them.

I will post the remaining two discovered non-highlight tracks in the near future.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Unknown Song #46 Identified

The one-off horror-esque song from the 2001 Bucs/Cowboys highlight is now known.  It's called "Mortal Combat" (note the lack of a "K"), and it was composed by Atmosphere Library regular Murray Munro.  Special thanks to rwinger24 on youtube for ID'ing this track.

LINK - Original Post (has album link)
LINK - Decent Audio Quality Post

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Unknown Song #11 Identified

I know I promised that the next posts on this blog would be the Unknown Songs from New Primetime, but there's been a new development.  Literally minutes after I made the NFL Primetime Title Song post last night, I was told on the Primetime Music discord that some of the albums from the elusive Musikos music library had been procured.  We've only managed to find Album 3 from the Sports set (there are 4 albums in that set total), but there is one NFL Primetime song on there:  "Spring Training."  No artist credits came with the album downloads, unfortunately, and info on the Musikos library is scarce.  As a result, I don't know who composed Spring Training.  I do know that William Soden & Neal Davenport (founder of Davenport Music) were heavily involved in Musikos's compositions, but Spring Training doesn't really sound like Soden and I don't believe those two were the only composers.  Anyway, special thanks to Josh Ochs for locating these Musikos albums.

Thanks to a Musikos promotional album (with a bunch of short clips) I received in October, I know there are at least 3 other Primetime songs on the other 3 Musikos Sports albums.  If anyone has any info on the whereabouts of other Musikos albums, don't hesitate to comment or email or post on the discord or whatever.  Also, since Musikos started in 1990 and these songs were used on NFL Primetime in 1988, these songs must've been composed well before they ended up on Musikos albums.  So don't hesitate to contact me if you might know about other libraries where these tracks may have been released first.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Info About NFL Primetime Title Song (1998-04, 2006-Present)

This NFL Primetime title theme isn't the first—it's actually the fifth—but it's the one most associated in people's minds as "The NFL Primetime Theme."  ESPN started using this theme for NFL Primetime in 1998, and it's been used every year since with the lone exception of the final year of classic Primetime in 2005.  It was also used for just about every other ESPN NFL show from the late-'90s to the early 2010s (thanks to simtek34 for reminding me of that).  The song isn't an ESPN original, though.  It's basically just a re-recording of Edd Kalehoff's "Monday Night Football MIKE Theme" that debuted, I believe, in the 1980s.  The Primetime version sounds less bright than the MNF one, and I think it's in a lower key.

I have no idea where to get an official clean cut of this NFL Primetime theme, but a youtube poster by the name of nirvanainstrumental has made an admirable attempt.  Not all of the talk-over dialogue has been removed, but this post of the song is much cleaner than just listening to a raw episode of the show.  Here's the post:  LINK

Here's the link to Kalehoff's MIKE theme:  LINK

As for what's coming up on this blog…  The next project will to be to post the new Unknown Songs from the current ESPN+ version of NFL Primetime.  Most of those tracks aren't up to par with the classic Primetime stuff, but they're still part of the pantheon.  Stay tuned!

Monday, September 21, 2020

Good Morning America! Now Streamable

The classic Bruton LP Good Morning America!, which contains briefly used NFL Primetime tracks NY Giants and Spearhead, is now streamable at archive.org.  Special thanks to Godzfire for discovering this.