Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Automotion 3, Part 3 - Xenon

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.


  1. Do you have a CD of all of the different NFL Primetime songs in your blog?

    1. Sorry, I don't. I may create one for my own private use once I've identified everything, but I'm still a ways away from that. I suppose I could try to sell one once I get that far, but who knows if it would be worth the trouble with all the required licensing/royalties.