Curtis Mayfield – Superfly (1972)
I haven’t seen the 1995 movie Angus.
Though after listening to (& loving) Weezer’s initial soundtrack contribution, Wanda, I feel like I have.
The song ended up being rejected, in part because the lyrics essentially described the entire movie. So instead, the soundtrack featured another Weezer track, You Gave Your Love To Me Softly, a 2-minute beauty by any measurement system.
That was the first time I can remember a song being rejected for being TOO closely related to its parent film.
I haven’t seen the 1972 movie Superfly.
Though thanks to Curtis Mayfield’s vivid lyrical descriptions…
Now I’m not sure if Mr. Mayfield had any tracks or lyrics rejected for explicitly referencing the film & characters; but even during the first listen, I felt transported to the Superfly world.
While the world of pushermen & poverty Mayfield described didn’t sound like my kind of place, the Superfly soundtrack is my kind of soundtrack.
People (myself included) go to the movies as an escape, to temporarily disconnect from a current situation & immerse in another setting for a while.
The best movies are able to draw me in for a couple of hours, as the Billy Joel Piano Man lyric says, “to forget about life for a while.” Life is good but it’s a nice feeling when a movie is able to attract & keep my undivided attention.
Which makes me think Superfly ought to be an interesting flick.
If its completely engaging soundtrack is any indication at least.