Song - Bad Company
Artist(s) - Robert J. Walsh
Released - no later than 1999
Primetime Usage - 1999-05
Contained on - Hollywood Film Music HFML 15.10, Hollywood Music HM-007 (Renegade)Featured Highlight - Chiefs @ Bears, 1999
NFL Primetime almost always had a go-to song for defensive, tough, and often ugly games. In the last several years of the program (in its original form), that track was "Bad Company." It's a more orchestral song, rather than synth or rock, and it definitely works as a mood piece for football grittiness. In addition to defense in general, Bad Company was also associated on the show with the Oakland Raiders and the "Black Hole" motif of Raider Nation. It was composed by prolific movie/TV/production composer Robert J. Walsh, who—in addition to his composing work for the company—was briefly a FirstCom executive in the mid '90s. Walsh also founded the Hollywood Film Music library in 1987, which is not to be confused with the Hollywood Music label linked above.
This track is streamable on FirstCom's website. One thing I don't like about their organization is that, although you can sort albums by release date, there's no way I can find where you can actually see the release date listed. If anyone has figured it out, please let me know.
Below is, to my knowledge, NFL Primetime's first use of Bad Company. The Chicago Bears, behind "The Shane Matthews Band," (one of Chris Berman's best nicknames) edge out the Kansas City Chiefs at home to open up the 1999 season.