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Performances Song History


Vocals: Instrumental

Original Artist: Curtis Mayfield

Original Album: Superfly soundtrack (1972)

Debut: 1991-11-01

Historian: Mark Toscano

"Pusherman" by Curtis Mayfield was “played” about as much as “Hold Your Head Up” or “Cold As Ice” ever has been: instrumental, and only briefly. It was used as the outro for Fish after “Love You” on 11/1/91 for a very simple reason: while he hates the aforementioned ‘70s flashback radio staples, Fish likes “Pusherman.” Always the recipient of his band members’ unending torment, they granted him a reprieve for this show as a gesture of goodwill. Interested fans may want to check out the classic black action film Superfly for a whole film-load of Mayfield’s music, including this chart-topping hit.

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