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"Joe Cool" is an instrumental track used in the lobby of the Gomorrah in Fallout: New Vegas and on the Mysterious broadcast radio station in Old World Blues. It was originally titled "Stars and Teardrops" and was composed by Nino Nardini for the Sam Fox Production record label under the "Jazz (Small Group)" heading.

It appears on the Carlin CD Jazzy Vibes, only available for production music licensing from Warner/Chappell Production Music (formerly available from APM Music).[1]


The recording date can be determined by the matrix numbers on the original record label. The dead wax area of the record features a small "R" indicating the Sam Fox music library had outsourced its material to the RCA Records Pressing Plant in Rockaway, New Jersey which was in operation from 1954-1973.[2] The matrix number of the record is "S4RM". Under the RCA Victor Master Serial Number Codes (III. 1963 - 1990's):[3]

Designation Character Explanation
First Character Year Code S 1965
Second Character Label Designation - Custom 4 Re-recorded from client's furnished tapes
Third Character Size & Speed R 12 inches - 33⅓ RPM
Fourth Character Groove Type M Mono (Fine groove)


  • The composer's birth name was Georges Achille Teperino though he is more popularly known as Nino Nardini. The record label indicates the composition was originally published by Samfred Music under BMI. However, the BMI registry contains two entries for the composition and two International Standard Musical Work Codes (ISWC).
  • The composition is doubly-registered in ASCAP as "Stars and Teardrops" written by Nino Nardini. The composition is not listed as "Joe Cool" in its database.
Performing Rights Organization Title Composer ISWC Number
BMI Joe Cool Nino Nardini T-906869441-7[4]
BMI Stars and Teardrops Georges Achille Teperino T-925049447-4[5]
ASCAP Stars and Teardrops Nino Nardini T9250494474[6]

As the composer's pseudonyms and alternate composition titles never appear more than once together in each database, it has resulted in the same work being assigned more than one ISWC number.


Fallout New Vegas Radio - Joe Cool

Fallout New Vegas Radio - Joe Cool

External linksEdit


  1. APM Music - Carlin/CPM Transition
  2. RCA Pressing Plant indicators "-R-"
  3. RCA Victor Master Serial Number Codes - 1942-1980's
  4. BMI website listing for "Joe Cool" (ISWC# keyword: T-906869441-7)
  5. BMI website listing for "Stars and Teardrops" (ISWC# keyword: T-925049447-4)
  6. ASCAP website listing for "Stars and Teardrops"
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