Thursday, May 20, 2021

Non-Highlight Track - Mayhem

Song - Mayhem
Artist(s) - David Rogers, Paul Shaw
Released - 1997
Primetime Usage - 1998-03 (primary Inside the Numbers theme)
Contained on - ATMOS 95 (Shockwaves 2)
Featured Highlight - Inside the Numbers - Week 1, 1999

You'll be forgiven if you have trouble distinguishing "Mayhem" from Asphyxia.  They both have a similarly heavy '90s techno-rock sound, they were both used for non-highlight music on NFL Primetime, and they were both composed by David Rogers & Paul Shaw.  Even I've occasionally second-guessed which one I was listening to when sifting through Primetime clips.  My advice for distinguishing them:  Asphyxia was mainly used for Game Balls, while Mayhem was mainly used for Inside the Numbers.  To help illustrate, here's the ItN segment from the first week of the 1999 season.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Non-Highlight Track - Asphyxia

Song - Asphyxia
Artist(s) - David Rogers, Paul Shaw
Released - 1998
Primetime Usage - 2001-05 (regular Game Balls, secondary Inside the Numbers)
Contained on - ATMOS 111 (Impact)
Featured Highlight - Game Balls - Week 10, 2001

In addition to Industrial News, I've found three more non-highlight tracks that were used on NFL Primetime.  The first, "Asphyxia," was the primary Game Balls theme for the final five seasons of classic NFL Primetime.  It was also occasionally used for Inside the Numbers during this period.  The track is found on Atmosphere's Impact album and is available on the web at the Universal site (linked above).  Unfortunately, info about Asphyxia's composers is scarce.  David Rogers & Paul Shaw both wrote a bit for the Atmosphere & Carlin libraries, but I wasn't able to find anything else about them.

I will post the remaining two discovered non-highlight tracks in the near future.