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.
nonrabbit: Hi aborealis and Welcome to the Forum. I haven't got an answer for you - maybe as you say, the days of PC. I also don't know what the original intro was either but I've just read this >>>
Jan 27, 2021 19:09:50 GMT
aborealis: Appreciate your reply nonrabbit.It's early days yet but I would like to get to the bottom of why the intro ," We welcome everyone on television ,the frogs and the sprouts,the daffodils the daygoes the ities ",etc.I can't believe Ian would want this removed
Jan 31, 2021 12:08:09 GMT
nonrabbit: I'm not familiar with it aborealis but if it is as you have put here, than I can see why it might be deemed not appropriate. Other than asking the band or the production team you may not get to the bottom of it.
Jan 31, 2021 16:22:24 GMT
jackinthegreen: Hmmmm, its OK........but will not be to everyones taste.
Feb 2, 2021 1:13:42 GMT
jackinthegreen: I like it, but to anyone other than a Tull fan, I doubt it..........
Feb 4, 2021 0:59:50 GMT
jackinthegreen: Anyhow, how's everyone doing? It's cold here in Scotland, we have had a bit of snow, what's it like where you are???
Feb 4, 2021 1:01:29 GMT
jackinthegreen: Ok, so how many have had the vaccine???
Feb 6, 2021 1:20:59 GMT
steelmonkey: I got both shots but lack of side effects makes me suspect they took one look at me and said 'placebo'.
Feb 9, 2021 1:45:35 GMT
jackinthegreen: I had the 1st jab on Saturday, and I asked that very question.....but was told placebo's are only used in trials, so everyone who gets the vaccine gets the vaccine
Feb 9, 2021 14:29:12 GMT
jackinthegreen: ..and like you steelmonkey, all I had was a slightly sore arm for a couple of days, but some people get worse side effects as you say.
Feb 9, 2021 14:31:18 GMT
geostrehl: Got my 2nd Moderna this morning. The first one kicked my butt for a day, so I'm dreading the side effects from this second shot! But it's normal for young people with robust immune systems to get a stronger immune response. I guess 32 is young??? Oh well!
Feb 9, 2021 17:38:00 GMT
maddogfagin: Had my first AstraZeneca jab yesterday - quite painless
Feb 12, 2021 9:14:49 GMT
rredmond: Welcome walkingwithyou!! I don’t know the answer to your question, but someone else surely will!!
Feb 13, 2021 21:07:54 GMT
steelmonkey: Bad news maddog...if the jab was painless, they took a look at you and decided: placebo.
Feb 15, 2021 3:07:00 GMT
jackinthegreen: but there is no placebo...........
Feb 16, 2021 1:41:52 GMT
ash: My first AstraZeneca jab is next week . The sooner we are done the quicker it's back to seeing Mr A in concert and a "normal life"
Feb 17, 2021 9:40:55 GMT
steelmonkey: Just back from a one week road trip to the Northwest...rain,snow,sleet,ice,slush,cold...they can have it. 81 degrees, short pants and Tull T shirt back home near the Bay.
Feb 24, 2021 1:15:45 GMT