Nassir Nassirzadeh: ‘Rewind to Glory’ mix

Give us a “K,” give us a “C,” give us a… you get where this is going. Anthony Valadez and Nassir Nassirzadeh get sports-nostalgic at KCRW HQ. Photo by Anna Chang.

This one goes out to all the ‘90s kids who ignored the “New Releases” section at their local Blockbuster Video, and made a beeline for “Special Interest.” It’s for everyone who obsessively taped each one of Hulk Hogan’s greatest WWF entrances, and did the same for countless Chicago Bulls and LA Dodger games. In short, it’s for sports fanatics of all stripes, but especially those whose formative years took place from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. 

KCRW’s Nassir Nassirzadeh presents, Rewind to Glory: An exploration of late ‘80s and early ‘90s sports culture as soundtracked via VHS. Wanna hear the Alan Parsons Project cut that greeted the classic lineup Bulls each time they took the court? How about Wreckx-n-Effect shouting out NBA all-stars in 1992 (including some nice nods to the Golden State Warriors)? This and so much more is here, including the best of the best library music sourced to fit every sports doc that one had to dig to find. And for those really looking to feel some type of way, listen through to the very end for Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love” (from The Karate Kid Part II OST), the main title theme from 1993’s underdog masterpiece Rudy, and Nassirzadeh reflecting on the added layer of experiencing these cultural touchstones as a proud first generation Iranian-American. 

The Alan Parsons Project – “Sirius” (Intro song for thee Chicago Bulls)
Rick Derringer – “Real American” (Theme song for Hulk Hogan)
Mark Safan – “Win in the End” (From Teen Wolf, 1985)
Paul Hertzog – “Fight to Survive” (From Bloodsport, 1988)
Mahlon Merrick – “Look Sharp-Be Sharp” (Theme song from the Nintendo game Mike Tyson's Punch Out, 1987)
John Tesh – “Roundball Rock” (Theme song for The NBA on NBC)
Yanni – “Acroyali / Standing in Motion - Live” (From the 1992 NBA All Star Game intro on NBC)
Wreckx-N-Effect  – “Ready or Not” (From NBA Superstars 2, VHS music video compilation, 1992)
Michael Jackson – “Jam” (From The Chicago Bulls 1992 Championship VHS Untouchables)
Ray Russell – “Light Across the World” (From Michael Jordan’s Playground, 1990)
Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman – “Elements” (From Michael Jordan: Come Fly with Me, 1989)
Peter Cetera – “Glory of Love” (Theme from The Karate Kid, Part II, 1986)
Mark Shreeve – “After the Silence” (From Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend, 1992)
Jerry Goldsmith – “Main Title” (From Rudy, 1993)





Anna Chang