Song - Xenon
Artist(s) - Jeff Newmann
Released - 1988
Primetime Usage - 1989-90
Contained on - SON 292 (Automotion 3), Sonoton SCD 16 (Automotion 3)Featured Highlight - Oilers @ Steelers, 1989
The third song to be profiled from Automotion 3, "Xenon," does kinda have the sciency & spacey synth sound you'd expect for a piece with that name. It also has a happy-go-lucky feel that makes it work best for friendlier games (much like Priority). I don't have much else to say about the music, so let's get to the highlight. In the late '80s/early '90s (the Glanville & Pardee years), the Houston Oilers had a real reputation for not being able to win outside their comfy Astrodome. That seemed to be a perfect setup for failure as they headed to Pittsburgh for a December contest in super-Wintry conditions. The Oilers were nonetheless able to overcome their weaknesses (as well as 7 fumbles) and grit out a 7-point win in Three Rivers Stadium. The Steelers got their revenge a few weeks later, though, and knocked off Houston on the road in overtime in the Wild Card round. Fun fact: Chuck Noll won 4 Super Bowls in the '70s, but his only Coach of the Year award came after his final playoff appearance in 1989.