Fri. Oct. 22, 2021

Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (RCA)

Classics: Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (RCA)

“Holly came from Miami F L A, hitchhiked her way across the U S A. Plucked her eyebrows on the way, shaved her legs and then he was a she. She says “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side,” said “Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side…”

A native of Brooklyn, Lou Reed lived his life in that fascinating way one can feel when reading certain books. Experimenting things without preconceived ideas allowed him to dig the deepest into the directions he chose. He went into commercial failure along with the Velvet Underground. But that didn’t get him and his band from being the subject of a cult status in the years that followed their demise.

Venturing into a solo career in 1971 was no better for him with his debut-LP obviously overlooked by a big majority of Pop critics. Another solo effort though – the ‘Transformer’ album released the following year – and Reed, despite his particular vocal style sounding like an unlikely mix of Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, would reach the upper heights. Most likely with the David Bowie and Mick Ronson produced ‘Walk On The Wild Side’. A Jazzy double-bass driven smmoth groove serving as the background to a quite avant-gardist if not risqué theme for the time being. Itself evoking taboo matters such as transsexuality, male prostitution, oral sex and drugs. Even though RCA released an edited version of the song Stateside.

‘Walk On The Wild Side’ would be his biggest classic ever…

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Reed remained active until the end of his life. He sadly died from liver disease, six months after a transplant, at his home in Southampton, NY, at the age of 71…

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