PUSHER, THE

Latest update on 03/11/2011

Artist: Steppenwolf
Author: Hoyt Axton
Label: Dunhill
Year: 1968

Later also in film Easy Rider. In days before Steppenwolf, singer John Kay was a dishwasher in the L.A. Troubadour club, where Hoyt Axton frequently performed. An early May 1967 live performance, when the band was still known as The Sparrow, appeared on Early Steppenwolf in '69.

Covers:

1971:

Hoyt Axton [author on lp Joy To The World; copyrighted in '64]

1974:

Nina Simone

1992:

Neneh Cherry & Michael Stipe [same guitar riff in Trout]

1996:

Blind Melon [posthumous; the pusher visited singer Shannon Hoon a little too often]

Just like Hoyt's Snowblind Friend (see there), The Pusher warned against drug abuse. Still, both songs faced radio bans.

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