Song Of The Day – Curtis Mayfield – “Superfly” (1972)

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This brilliant, groundbreaking track was released on this day in 1972. Pop Music had never addressed the seemy underbelly of Urban America in such an honest way before, and in a sense it paved the way for the waves of honest self-expression that would begin to flow out of the ‘hoods the following decade. It was pretty innovative musically, too, combining soul and funk and Rock into a unified, hypnotizing rhythm. The three-power-chord chorus is a pure Rock progression, resolving the probing verses with unique conviction and authority. This track not only changed music, it also forever changed police show soundtracks on TV and in the movies.

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