Friday, September 28, 2018

Unknown Song #39 - Power Plant

Song - Power Plant
Artist(s) - Rick DiFonzo
Released - No later than 1997
Primetime Usage - 1997-98, 2000-05
Contained on - BRg Contemporary BRg1019 (Electric Arc)
Featured Highlight - Bears @ Vikings, 2000


Unknown Song #39 was one of a handful of songs NFL Primetime debuted in 1997 that lasted until the end of the show.  It wasn't used all that often, especially after 2001, and it didn't tend to accompany games of real import.  Still, US #39's dark-yet-ambivalent tone is quite appropriate for teams going through adversity.  It also seemed to get disproportionately used for Jacksonville Jaguars' highlights in the early-2000s, which was fitting.  This particular highlight doesn't showcase the Jags, though.  It instead features two QBs from the class of 1999 squaring off in The Metrodome.

*EDIT* - Robert Enriquez confirmed on youtube that this song was used a couple times in 2004, and it was never used in 1999.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Unknown Song #38 - Gut Wrencher

Song - Gut Wrencher
Artist(s) - Ron Burns
Released - No later than 1997
Primetime Usage - 1997
Featured Highlight - Ravens @ Oilers, 1997


After 7 straight posts involving songs that were used only once, it's time for a song that was actually used multiple times… albeit only in one season.  Unknown Song #38 is a standard blues-rock track that fits perfectly with the state of Tennessee.  Why, what a coincidence!  An NFL team happened to move to Tennessee the very year this song was used!  I don't actually know for sure if this piece was used exclusively for Tennessee Oilers games since this is the only highlight I have using it, but that would've made sense.  Anyway, the one highlight I do have with US #38 displays an unusually dominant performance by the Flying-B-Era Ravens.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Unknown Song #37 Identified

I kinda figured this one would be found quickly, and—thanks to José Teixera/José Muñoz—it was!  I was also right that I'd heard this song—"Pacemaker"—before.  It sounded like a '90s tune, though, so I didn't go back to those early MusicHouse albums.  Anyway… Pacemaker was composed by production-music legend Alan Hawkshaw, so it turns out he does have an NFL Primetime track other than Neck and Neck.

Here's the revised link, or I guess you could just scroll down a little…

Friday, September 14, 2018

Unknown Song #37 (Oddball Week, Part 7) - Pacemaker

Song - Pacemaker
Artist(s) - Alan Hawkshaw
Released - 1987
Primetime Usage - 1997
Contained on - MusicHouse E1 (Hi-Band)
Featured Highlight - Chiefs @ Broncos, 1997


The Oddball Week finale is thankfully here.  Unknown Song #37 is a song I swear I've heard before when browsing production-music albums a few years ago.  When I went back through some stuff after first seeing this NFL Primetime episode, however, I couldn't find it.  Hopefully one of you readers (or youtube viewers) will recognize it and can identify it.  Anyway… US #37's accompanying clip has the Chiefs heading to Marty Schottenheimer's "House of Horrors," Mile High Stadium.  Kansas City would lose this one, but they would at least get the second laugh by winning the division anyway.  Denver, of course, would get the third & final laugh by upsetting KC in the Divisionals and winning their first Super Bowl title a few weeks later.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Unknown Song #36 (Oddball Week, Part 6) - Classical Interface

Song - Classical Interface
Artist(s) - Darryl Way
Released - 1991
Primetime Usage - 1997
Contained on - Rouge RMCD 2012 (Classical Rock)
Featured Highlight - Jaguars @ Ravens, 1997


It's now time for the penultimate edition of Oddball Week.  Unknown Song #36, though not great, is still a big improvement over the last two.  As Kyle Caughlin pointed out on youtube, it's got a bit of a salsa flare to it.  That, plus the piano, makes it sound like Latin-infused early-'90s dance-club stuff.  The accompanying game highlight features the Jacksonville Jaguars, fresh off a surprising AFC Championship appearance, playing at the Baltimore Ravens and their "Flying B" helmets.