Song - Mission to Future
Artist(s) - Jeff Newmann
Released - 1988
Primetime Usage - 1989-90
Contained on - SON 292 (Automotion 3), Sonoton SCD 16 (Automotion 3)Featured Highlight - Colts @ Patriots, 1989
In 1989, the behind-the-scenes staff at ESPN apparently decided to throw out all of the music used during the first two seasons of NFL Primetime and bring in a clean slate (a couple songs from 1987 would eventually return). The vast majority of these new tracks came from a German production music library called Sonoton, which was founded by Gerhard Narholz (a.k.a. "Norman Candler") and his wife, Rotheide, in 1965. Their eldest son, Christoph, composed a Primetime song that I haven't yet displayed while the middle child, Gregor, is also a prominent composer. Anyway, Sonoton started putting their stuff on CDs in 1988 and ESPN took full advantage a year later. The Sonoton-heavy period on NFL Primetime only lasted 2-3 years, but it was a wonderful era of the show if you love synth.
As I mentioned last week, one of these albums—Automotion 3—actually contains a full five tracks that were used on NFL Primetime. "Mission to Future," by Jeff Newmann, is the first of these tracks to be featured here, and it's a nice & energetic-yet-laid-back composition that fits football well. You'll also notice a rather "Final Countdown"-ish segment in the middle of the song. Accompanying Mission to Future is a quirky highlight featuring two 1989 also-rans. It's also the second highlight I've posted on this blog to show Doug Flutie. Have fun, and there's still a lot more to come this week.