Saturday, December 18, 2021

Unknown Song #31 Identified (+ additional note)

US #31, the first segment of Oddball Week, has been identified as "Go For It" by Ray Russell.  This is weirdly the second Week 1, 1997, song to come from a late-'80s MusicHouse album.  It's also the third Ray Russell track to be identified as an NFL Primetime track.  Oddly, two of Russell's three pieces were one-offs used for Cardinals @ Bengals games in the first week of their respective seasons (N.Y. Giants was used in Week 1, 1988).  Special thanks to Noah S for discovering this one.

For some reason, Go For It doesn't show up on KPM's album listing for MHE7, so I added the KPM search link instead.  LINK

Also, one additional note:  "Hard Attack," whose Kosinus album was absent from streaming services for some reason, has now been posted on YouTube.  Thanks to Seth Campbell for noticing this.  YT LINK

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Unknown Song #45 Identified

Unknown Song #45, best known for its use on the second post-9/11 highlight, has been identified as "Survivors."  Survivors is contained on the Koka Media album called Double Drama, Volume 1 and was written by Daniel Darras & Christian Leroux.  I couldn't find much of anything on Darras beyond his presence on Koka albums, but Christian Leroux—also known as Basile Leroux—is apparently a well regarded French studio guitarist.  Special thanks to Craig-UK for finding this track.

A couple more non-highlight songs have also been identified recently, so look for my posts about those in the near future.


Saturday, December 4, 2021

Non-Highlight Track - Rock Me Pope

Song - Rock Me Pope
Artist(s) - Ruben Ayala
Released - 1998
Primetime Usage -
1998-2000 (Game Balls)
Contained on -
Access Music AM003 (Fashion Victims - Death Wish Sports)
Featured Highlight - Game Balls:  Week 17, 1999

The segment known as Game Balls, or officially "Primetime Players," began on NFL Primetime in 1994.  Well, to be technically accurate, there was a "Primetime Players" segment during the 1992 & 1993 seasons, but that one featured highlight clips with radio calls rather than players of the week.  Anyway, three songs were primarily used for Game Balls during the original run of the show (some other songs, such as Old School Radio Bed, were infrequently substituted).  Unknown Song #26 was used from 1994-97 after being used as a highlight track in 1992.  Asphyxia was used for the last five seasons of classic Primetime (2001-05).  And now, the one remaining Game Balls theme has been located.  "Rock Me Pope," by Ruben Ayala, was used for Game Balls from 1998-2000.  Ayala wrote songs for Access Music & FirstCom, but I couldn't find any other meaningful info about him.

Special thanks to Dopethrone (nirvanainstrumental on YouTube) for finding this one.