Song - Crush
Artist(s) - Mark Matthews, James Griffith
Released - 1990
Primetime Usage - 1991-95
Contained on - FirstCom A2 (Intense)Featured Highlight - 49ers @ Cowboys, 1995
"Crush" could probably count as NFL Primetime's "epic" theme for the first half of the '90s. I like it, though, because it has more synth and is therefore less over-the-top than International Statement. It was composed by Mark Matthews and James Griffith. I couldn't figure out if Mark is any relation to Mary Therese Matthews or if James is related to Sally Anne Griffith, but—since they were all FirstCom composers—I wouldn't be surprised. Unlike with the female Matthews/Griffith set, however, I have not found more than one Primetime song written by Mark or James.
Crush is contained on FirstCom A2 - Intense. Unlike a lot of the Primetime themes on early FirstCom CDs, I don't think this track is on any of the earlier FirstCom Up Tempo LPs. Crush isn't legally streamable or downloadable, as far as I know, but the single-digit FirstCom "A" discs are the most common ones to show up on eBay (that's how I got FC-A2). Fast Drive is also on this album, plus one other Primetime song I haven't yet covered.
Accompanying Crush is an interesting footnote from the 1995 season. The defending champion 49ers, despite being without Steve Young, rolled into Texas Stadium and thumped the eventual champion Dallas Cowboys. Also included in this highlight is Merton Hanks's famous (infamous?) "Pigeon Dance," which was certainly one of the most unique celebration moves in NFL history. Have fun!