Saturday, March 31, 2018

Unknown Song #26 ("Game Balls")

Song - Unknown Song #26
Primetime Usage - 1992 (as highlight music)
Featured Highlight - Lions @ Buccaneers, 1992

Most NFL Primetime aficionados will recognize Unknown Song #26 as the Primetime Players ("Game Balls") accompaniment music from the mid-to-late-'90s.  I believe it was used as the Inside the Numbers song at one point, too.  What most fans probably don't remember is that US #26 was also used as a regular highlight track during the 1992 season.  Don't worry if you don't remember, though, because it's one of the weakest highlight songs in the show's history.  US #26 is very much an emotionless interlude piece that just doesn't go together with action.  It's use with Game Balls/Inside the Numbers is much more fitting.

Here's a Lions blowout of the Buccaneers to go with this relatively boring piece.  Those new orange pants sure do look spiffy, though.  Oh, and I have absolutely no idea why Wayne Fontes is wearing a shirt with Union Jacks all over it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Unknown Song #25 Identified

I finally hit another copyright-notice jackpot.  US #25 is "World Cup Shuffle," by Phil Beazley & Phillip John Rigger.  I can't really find any meaningful info on the artists or on the label, Castle Music.  Neither this particular Castle Music, nor Rigger, appear to even be listed on Discogs.  Beazley is listed, but is only given two (non-Castle) album credits.  The Castle library is carried on APM's website, though, as well as iTunes for some reason.

Revised Link

Unknown Song #25 - World Cup Shuffle

Song - World Cup Shuffle
Artist(s) - Phil Beazley, Phillip John Rigger
Released - 1988
Primetime Usage - 1991-93
Contained on - CM-0009 (The Fineline) (also on iTunes)
Featured Highlight - Falcons @ Redskins, 1992


If you like low-quality synth instrumentation, then Unknown Song #25 is for you.  It doesn't really sound like the primitive synths of the 1970s & early-'80s (that's more appropriate for, say, the Sega Genesis), but instead sounds more like the lowest-quality stuff from around the time this track was used on NFL Primetime.  This piece does have decent energy, however, so it's passable for football highlights despite its obvious cheesiness.  Accompanying US #25 is a Deion Sanders focused highlight where his Falcons lost a tough game against the defending-champion Redskins.  Oh, and there's also a George Will sighting, if you're into that sort of thing…