Friday, November 30, 2018

Unknown Song #44 Identified

José Teixeira lands another one as he found that Unknown Song #44 is "New Order" by Paul Foss.  I feel like I really missed an opportunity to find this one myself, however, because New Order is on ATMOS 92 and I took a little hiatus from Atmosphere after reaching ATMOS 90.  Oh well… at least it's identified.

I can't find much info on Paul Foss, but he was one of the most prolific Atmosphere composers in the '90s.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Polinsky List

A reader emailed me requesting that I make it more clear how my song posts fit in with the Mark Polinsky mp3/youtube postings of NFL Primetime music.  For those not familiar, the Mark Polinsky set is the most prominent of the "mp3 sets floating around the web" I've referenced multiple times on this site.  Polinsky's posts—instead of being named—have each song numbered, so here's a guide to which Polinsky numbers link to which songs.  I haven't posted anything about a few of these yet, so I'll update this post whenever I do add an entry about one of them.

03 - Gladiator
06 - Legends
07 - Eric D.
08 - Pro
09 - Arnold
10 - Grid Lock
11 - The Event
12 - Roadhog
15 - Crush
19 - 1994-97 NFL Primetime title theme
20 - Showdown

Friday, November 23, 2018

Unknown Song #46 - Mortal Combat

Song - Mortal Combat
Artist(s) - Murray Munro
Released - 2001
Primetime Usage - 2001
Featured Highlight - Buccaneers @ Cowboys, 2001

I'm apologizing right away for the low video & audio quality of this highlight clip.  This is the only game with Unknown Song #46, and this clip comes from the only full-episode post of Week 1, 2001, that I could find (there's another, higher quality post that only has the late games).  The music track sounds like some sort of cheesy & dramatic Halloween monster-chase thing, at least from what I can make out of it.  If anybody knows of a better cut of this highlight (or if you know what the song is), please let me know so I can post it.  Thanks!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Unknown Song #45 - Survivors

Song - Survivors
Artist(s) - Daniel Darras & Christian Leroux (a.k.a. Basile Leroux)
Released - 1998
Primetime Usage - 2001
Contained on - Koka KOK2152 (Double Drama, Vol. 1)
Featured Highlight -
Vikings @ Bears, 2001

*SONG IDENTIFIED* - 12/15/21

Unknown Song #45 isn't real memorable, but it's a good mood piece for certain games.  Not that we got to truly find out, of course, since the upcoming clip was US #45's only use on NFL Primetime (AFAIK).  This clip was the second post-9/11 highlight (immediately following the one from last week's post) and fit pretty well with the Vikings that year.  Not only was 2001 a tumultuous year for the U.S and the world, it was a tumultuous year for the Minnesota Vikings.  Pro Bowl offensive lineman Korey Stringer died of heat stroke during training camp, the team missed the playoffs for the first time in 6 years & suffered double-digit losses for the first time in 11 years, 10-year head-coach Dennis Green was fired just before the end of the season, Cris Carter left following the season, and—as you'll see in the video—players & coaches were often seen bickering with each other on the sidelines.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Unknown Song #44 - New Order

Song - New Order
Artist(s) - Paul Foss
Released - 1997
Primetime Usage - 2001
Contained on - ATMOS 92 (Virtual Corporation)
Featured Highlight - Giants @ Chiefs, 2001

*SONG IDENTIFIED* - 11/30/18

Unknown Song #44 is probably best remembered by NFL Primetime aficionados as accompanying the first post-9/11 highlight on the show.  The NFL's mission for that week wasn't just to mourn the national tragedy, but to also give people an entertaining & distracting respite.  US #44's dark & moody, yet energetic & determined sound perfectly fit that mission.  ESPN didn't choose this song solely for that purpose, though; it was also used during the Week-1 episode from 9/9/01 which obviously had nothing to do with any sort of tragedy.  The bigger question is:  why didn't they use US #44 again after Week 2?  It's a little too repetitive to be a real classic, but its mood & energy still fit well within the Primetime music pantheon.  It's kind of odd, frankly.  Anyway, enjoy the clip.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Unknown Song #43 - Hard Attack

Song - Hard Attack
Artist(s) - Christian Poulet, Fabien Chevallier
Released - 1995
Primetime Usage - 2001
Contained on - KOS 24 (Metal Warrior) (YouTube Link)
Featured Highlight - Redskins @ Chargers, 2001

*SONG IDENTIFIED* - 12/23/18

As with many of the one-off (*EDIT* - this song was also used for the Cardinals/Panthers game in Week 16 of '01—thanks to Kyle Caughlin for that info.) tracks on NFL Primetime, it's not surprising Unknown Song #43 didn't stick around.  I actually didn't know this song even existed until I was in the middle of cutting US #42 last week (it's the very next highlight, so I again apologize for the low video quality).  It's not a memorable or interesting piece, and it only accompanied an uncompelling game—the only interesting thing about the game is that it was the first of LaDainian Tomlinson's career.