It may seem pretty tame now but back in the early Seventies 'Walk On The Wild Side' broke new ground with its depiction of transexuals, drugs and bohemia.
The life of Reed's first solo hit began in 1970 when he was approached about a project to turn Nelson Algren’s book "Walk on the Wild Side" into a musical. Reed worked on a title track but never wrote the musical. However the resulting song became one of his most enduring compositions.
In "Walk on The Wild Side" he recounts the lives of the transexuals and tranvestites who hung out with Andy Warhol at The Factory. They were Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis. "Joe" is Joe Dallesandro, a notorious hustler. Later Holly recalled that Reed had simply told the truth.
In London in 1971, after the release of an unsuccessful debut solo album, Reed was suffering a personal and professional low. The sexual ambivalence and avant garde decadence of the Velvet Underground’s music had been a major influence on David Bowie and Mick Ronson and so they both agreed to produce Reed's next album, Transformer. In actual fact Bowie made little contribution to the finished product but Mick Ronson's treatment of Walk On The Wild Side helped Reed to his first solo hit.
At first, Reed didn't want the track to be released as a single fearing it would be banned and never get any radio play. But Bowie insisted and Reed, fortunately, relented. In 1973 the song reached number 10 in the UK charts, no doubt helped by a young Johnnie Walker, who made the track record of the week before BBC bosses realised what the lyrics meant. In America it was the no. 1 jukebox hit, but the censors were more heavy handed, turning the song into a series of bleeps.
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I consider Lou Reed one of the all time greats...as a writer, observer and experiencer of this planet far beyond just a Singer songwriter. He's not going to heaven so when he does get where he's going I think they'll wave him over with the poets like Ginsberg and Whitman, the pioneers like Warhol and Rimbaud and the coolest of the cool ( don't slug me Ray, I know you're not pro-Lou and this will be blasphemy to you) like Miles Davis and Django Rheinhardt. I have almost all his albums and some of his later, obscure ones like 'Drella, Magic and Loss' and 'Set the twilight Reeling' helped me survive and endure my own rough times in the lands of drugs and lost love. Listen to 'Street Hassle' or 'Rock Minuet' and tell me there's been another guy like LOOOOOOOOOOOOUUU. He was not writing songs out of a rhyme book and thesaurus.
crosseyedmary75: Once in Royal David's City Stood a lowly cattle shed Where a mother laid her baby You'd do well to remember the things He later said. Could have held Him in one hand. The things He would later say became the backbone of Western Civilization.
Dec 28, 2019 3:45:41 GMT
crosseyedmary75: 2,000 years later, we have His words. We know what He said. Ian sang, And the all-time winner Has got him by the balls He picks up Gideons Bible Open at page one, I thank God he stole the handle and the train it won't stop going Headlong to his death. Why?
Dec 28, 2019 4:01:18 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Thanks for the welcome. Thanks to Martin and to each well-wisher for the season and the new year. How cool is it to share our appreciation for the greatest band of all time! TULL fans must also be unique. We know this group of men is a most special gift
Dec 28, 2019 20:23:46 GMT
rredmond: Welcome crosseyedmary75!! And joemer, big ups to Philly from South Jersey! And when we're no longer here, our friends will be drinking all the beer!
Dec 31, 2019 13:23:40 GMT
snaffler: Its a few years since ive been on this forum, but i'd like to belatedly wish a Happy New Year to all members. I haven't listened to Jethro Tull for a long time. I needed a break.
Jan 3, 2020 21:14:14 GMT
steelmonkey: Estimated time when I will get tired of 'A Change of Horses': NEVER
Jan 11, 2020 23:44:39 GMT
maddogfagin: Feel the same way about "Budapest" - who else but IA could have composed that song.
Jan 12, 2020 14:50:11 GMT
steelmonkey: I love Budapest,too...but to answer your question, Knopfler came damn close with 'Private Investigations' !
Jan 14, 2020 2:22:41 GMT
nonrabbit: I've written a thesis on your very thoughts Chairman Steel
Jan 15, 2020 11:07:39 GMT
steelmonkey: Please forwad results of your research to the central commitee for review.
Jan 16, 2020 20:15:29 GMT
maddogfagin: Ash: I've left a private message for you
Jan 18, 2020 7:29:53 GMT
babbie00: Are the images of the filming available anywhere else. They no longer seem to appear here.
Jan 19, 2020 4:32:50 GMT
ash: maddogfagin; I replied
Jan 27, 2020 18:32:13 GMT
maddogfagin: ash; ditto, snap and advance but do not go pass go
Jan 28, 2020 15:41:35 GMT
ash: maddogfagin; I've been busy
Feb 2, 2020 10:32:49 GMT
steelmonkey: Good News...just signed in from new computer at new job....this means hours of Tull fun, on the clock. Small silver lining on the dark cloud of return to full time work.
Feb 4, 2020 21:32:15 GMT