Song - International Statement (Main Track & Alternative Version)
Artist(s) - Alan Bell (Alan Blackham), Roger Dexter
Released - 1990
Primetime Usage - Main Track: 1997-05; Alternative Version: 1991-96
Contained on - Chappell AV 34 (Classical Excellence)
Featured Highlight - Main Track: Raiders @ Chiefs, 1999; Alternative Version: Steelers @ Bears, 1995
The song is technically called "International Statement," but it may as well be called "Oh, yeah… the NFL Primetime song!" Its mix of early 20th. century orchestral style and '80s instrumentation & edge creates a fitting accent for any "epic" football highlight. In fact, starting in the late '90s, this track became NFL Primetime's go-to accompaniment for the highest profile games. That trend continues unabated even to this day, though, because this song seems to always be featured at least once on The Blitz each week and at least once on each postseason day on Primetime. Unfortunately, it's gotten to the point that this quality composition has become a cliche for over-the-top epicness and I long to actually hear something else with the top-tier highlights. It's the football music equivalent of "Bohemian Rhapsody" after Wayne's World.
One thing many NFL Primetime viewers may not remember, however, is that they actually used two versions of International Statement during the run of the show. ESPN started using the "epic" version we all know in 1997, but they had actually been using the "Alternative" track with an added driving rock drum beat over the previous 6 seasons. I think the added percussion tones down the over-the-top aspects of this song and, as a result, I would love to see ESPN bring this version back.
Unlike FirstCom's own Powersurge from the previous post, International Statement can ironically be found on the FirstCom website using the above link. Even if you didn't have the link, though, it's easy to find because Classical Excellence is the earliest Chappell AV album currently housed there.
In commemoration of my second song post, you get a twofer! The first highlight, using the Main Track, is the Raiders/Chiefs game at the end of 1999 where Oakland won at Arrowhead for the first time in the '90s and consequently knocked Kansas City out of the playoffs. The second video, with the Alternative Version, features the Steelers finally getting over .500 on their way to their first Super Bowl appearance in 16 years.