Sunday, February 26, 2023

Unknown Song #57 Identified

Jwasc92Wrestling is now 7/7 on identifying New Primetime tracks.  US #57 is "Combat," by Devin Bronson.  Bronson is a guitar player who toured with acts like Kelly Osbourne and The Goo Goo Dolls a while back.  His website doesn't look like it's been updated in several years, though.  Combat is found on the album Throttled from the Slam! label.  I couldn't find info on the Slam! label, unfortunately.  Universal's website houses it, but it's not listed on Discogs as far as I can find.  Again, thanks to Jwasc92Wrestling for ID'ing this one.


Thursday, February 9, 2023

Unknown Song #57 (New Primetime) - Combat

Song - Combat
Artist(s) -
Devin Bronson
Released - 2013
Primetime Usage - 2020 (non-highlight)
Contained on - SLAM077 (Throttled)
Featured Highlight - "Pressuring Mahomes" Segment, Super Bowl LV


Now we're into the weeds of obscurity.  Unknown Song #57 was only used for one non-highlight piece during the Super Bowl LV broadcast of NFL Primetime.  During this segment, Steve Young & Anthony "Booger" McFarland (the COVID-era replacement for Tom Jackson) discuss how Tampa Bay's defensive front dominated Kansas City's offensive line and made life miserable for Patrick Mahomes.  The included game clips are accompanied by US #57, a loud, industrial track that sounds like it should be in a factory-shootout scene from a modern action movie.  The song isn't especially pleasant or melodic, but it actually works well for this segment.  It's also easy to hear, which is unfortunately not the case for some of the non-highlight tracks from the last couple seasons of Primetime.  If you can identify US #57, don't hesitate to comment here or on YouTube.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Unknown Song #51 Identified

Jwasc92Wrestling has now finished off all the New Primetime songs (the ones I've posted so far, anyway).  Unknown Song #51 is "Amped," by David Robidoux.  Robidoux, like Tom Hedden, is a well-known NFL Films composer, and many of his compositions appear on the later discs of the NFL's famous Autumn Thunder compilation.  Amped appears on the NFL Music Library album NFL-0049.

Again, special thanks to Jwasc92Wrestling on YouTube for ID'ing US #51 as well as US #'s 52-56.


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Unknown Songs #52, #53, and #54 Identified

As covered in my previous post earlier today, I saw last night that Jwasc92Wrestling had identified US #55 and US #56 on YouTube.  What I didn't know until just after making that post was that Jwasc92Wrestling had also made YouTube comments identifying US #52, US #53, and US #54.  Those comments didn't show up in my YouTube notifications for some reason.  Anyway, here they are:

Unknown Song #52 is "A Date with Destiny."  As initially suspected, this piece is by the same composers (Ron Klein, Udi Harpaz) and is on the same album (EVO062) as US #56/Field of Courage.

Unknown Song #53 is "Blow the Stack," by Tom Caffey, Eric Cunningham, and Chris Lang.  It's contained on the Killer Edge album EDGE80.  Caffey is a prolific sports/pro-wrestling composer, while Cunningham is the founder of Chronic Tracks.  "Chris Lang" is a pretty generic name, so I wasn't able to nail down exactly which Chris Lang he is.

Unknown Song #54 is "Fire Zone," by Tom Hedden.  It's an official NFL song contained on NFL-0056 (CD).  Tom Hedden used to be the NFL music director.

Again, special thanks to Jwasc92Wrestling for pointing out all of these New Primetime tracks.

LINK - A Date with Destiny
LINK - Blow the Stack
LINK - Fire Zone

Unknown Songs #55 and #56 Identified

For the first time, New Primetime music exclusives have been identified.  A helpful YouTuber who posts a lot of production music used in pro wrestling, Jwasc92Wrestling, has identified both Unknown Song #55 and Unknown Song #56.  US #55 is "Superior Strength," by Kavin Hoo.  Hoo is a Malaysian composer described on Discogs as a "new age pianist and composer" and is also the founder of Earthtones Studio.  US #56 is "Field of Courage," by Ron Klein & Udi Harpaz.  I couldn't find much info on Klein, but Harpaz is a longtime composer with his own website.  Harpaz also did the music for seasons 2 & 3 of Airwolf back in the '80s.  Both songs are contained on albums from the EVO production-music label.  Superior Strength is on EVO209, while Field of Courage is on EVO062.

LINK - Superior Strength
LINK - Field of Courage

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Unknown Song #56 (New Primetime) - Field of Courage

Song - Field of Courage
Artist(s) - Ron Klein, Udi Harpaz
Released - 2006
Primetime Usage - 2020-21 (non-highlight)
Contained on - EVO062 (Gridiron Glory)
Featured Highlight - Game Balls: Week 13, 2020

*SONG IDENTIFIED* - 10/10/22

This is technically a post for Unknown Song #56, but you could probably think of it as "Unknown Song #52-B."  It's marcato orchestral style is similar to US #52, and its tempo is only a little slower.  US #56 doesn't sound quite as "piratey" as US #52, but they are still difficult to tell apart.  The fact they were both used for NFL Primetime's Game Balls segment in 2021 doesn't help distinguish them, either.  At any rate, I wouldn't be surprised if US #52 and US #56 were on the same album… assuming either one of them is even on an album.

As an example, here is US #56's lone Game Balls use for 2020:

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Unknown Song #55 (New Primetime) - Superior Strength

Song - Superior Strength
Artist(s) - Kavin Hoo
Released - 2014
Primetime Usage - 2019-20 (highlights); 2020-21 (non-highlight)
Featured Highlight - Dolphins @ Broncos, 2020

*SONG IDENTIFIED* - 10/10/22
Unknown Song #55 is one of those songs that has a solid, punchy core, but comes off incomplete.  In other words, it feels like the composer could have done more with the track than they did.  I suppose it could be an underscore.  NFL Primetime did previously choose the underscore instead of the base track at least a couple other times (Race to Midnight, Take Care), so that wouldn't be surprising.  Anyway, the ESPN sound people put this song on one 2019 highlight (that I know of), and split it between highlights & non-highlight stuff in 2020.  It was used exclusively as a non-highlight track last year.  As an example of US #55's use on NFL Primetime, here's a video of the Denver Broncos inflicting a lot of pain on Tua Tagovailoa.