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Superfly by Curtis Mayfield

Album: Super Fly SoundtrackReleased: 1972Charted:
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  • This was originally an instrumental passage used in the 1972 movie Super Fly, but it ended up having a huge role in the film. It plays over a scene where the drug-dealing villain is betrayed and then killed. Mayfield added anti-drug lyrics to separate the song from the movie's romanticism of the ghetto drug scene.
  • Super Fly was part of a movie genré known as "Blaxploitation." When white people started leaving urban areas in the US for the suburbs, movie studios realized there was a large black audience near theaters, and began making films catering to them. Movies like Shaft and Foxy Brown were the result.
  • Mitsubishi used this in commercials for its 2000 Montero Sport.
  • Nelly sampled this on his 2004 song "Tilt Your Head Back." (thanks, Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR)
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Comments: 6

On January 7th 1973, "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield peaked at #8 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 12th and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #5 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and #52 in the United Kingdom...
Was nominated for a 1973 Grammy Award for 'Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special' (winner was Nino Rota for 'The Godfather')...
It was the 2nd single from the 'Superfly' soundtrack album to make the Top 10, "Freddie's Dead", peaked at #2 on the R&B Singles chart and #4 on the Top 100 chart...
And for the 'Superfly' soundtrack album; on Oct. 8th, 1972 peaked at #1 (for 6 weeks) on the R&B Albums chart and a week later on Oct. 15th also reached #1 (for 4 weeks) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
R.I.P. Mr. Mayfield (1942 - 1999). He left us way too soon.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Even though the film glorifies the gangster lifestyle, Mayfield's lyrics make it clear he does not condone the character's lifestyle. Mayfield owned hiw own record company and believed in 'makin' it' the old-fashioned way thru work.Charles - Charlotte, Nc
This is a brilliant soundtrack. Just inspired music! One of the best soundtracks EVER! It holds up against the test of time so well. I was happy to see my young nephew with the album recently. He was blown away that his 50-year old uncle from the suburbs could relate to its drug-dealing theme. Hey, I used to be young and live in the city.Guy - Woodinville, Wa
As cool as this record is, Mayfield's performance in the MOVIE "Superfly" is even cooler. He did something that black artists of the day rarely did--he strapped on a guitar and performed with other real musicians. He avoided the goofy coordinated dance-step stuff by guys in purple polyester matching suits that was typical of the era. It was just Curtis and the band with their amps on low playing in a smoky nightclub, and it is worth the price of the video rental just to see that.Dirk - Nashville, Tn
Superfly was definitely an excellent soundtrack. My favorite song on the album has got to be "No Thing on Me (The Cocaine Song)." Like Curtis says, it sure is funky. Snoop Dogg covers the song with Bootsy Collins on his album Rhythm & Gangsta; check that one out. Watch the Superfly movie, too. Good movie with unfortunately hilariously awful overdubs.Sammy - New York, Ny
Platinum-selling "Superfly" was recorded in 1972. Other standouts from the movie were "Pusherman" and "Freddie's Dead."Paul - Chicago, Il