Song - New Prospect
Artist(s) - Zack Laurence
Released - 1984
Primetime Usage - 1987-88
Contained on - Bruton BRN 13 (New Prospects), Bruton BVA005 (The Zack Laurence Anthology)Featured Highlight - Chiefs @ Oilers, 1988
If you like heavy brass with a driving bass line, then this track is for you. Zack Laurence's "New Prospect" is straightforward, loud, in your face, and it gets the job done. As a result, it's not surprising ESPN featured it prominently during the first two years of NFL Primetime. New Prospect is one of many songs with the word "Prospect" in the title from Laurence's appropriately titled, variations-on-a-theme album New Prospects. This LP was never officially converted to digital as far as I know (though amateur uploads are easy to find through the magic of Google & YouTube), but about half of it is contained on Bruton's The Zack Laurence Anthology linked above. I haven't discovered a whole lot of info about Laurence, but I've found him to be one of the more prolific & talented production music composers of the 1970s & '80s.
Week 6 of 1988 was not kind to quarterbacks. A disproportionate number of signal callers suffered injuries during that week, and the Houston Oilers were not immune. With Warren Moon not even dressed, backup "Commander" Cody Carlson dislocated his thumb early in their game against Kansas City. Former replacement QB (and ex-Montana QB) Brent Pease then came in and "led" his team to a 7-6 victory despite terrible numbers. Here's the highlight: