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.
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Nov 10, 2020 21:06:23 GMT
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Nov 11, 2020 12:24:05 GMT
futureshock: After we hear COVID19 vaccine is looking good in Phase 3 trials + long before we know when it's to be available, I'd just like to say that coffee is a wonderful thing in the morning. With a dash of baking soda, coconut, maybe ginger,clove, what else?
Nov 12, 2020 19:40:59 GMT
geostrehl: TullTapes uploaded a video about 4 days ago of a London show in 78 with Tony Williams on bass. I took the link and emailed it to Tony. He was very happy. He had never seen that footage before. That must be cool. Imagine seeing yourself 42 years later!
Dec 12, 2020 14:40:40 GMT
rredmond: That's a great story!!! Glad he enjoyed it. Very cool.
Dec 14, 2020 18:06:56 GMT
steelmonkey: I have had 100% confidence, since day one, that my immune system will spare me Corona...so I get the vaccine tomorrow. No logic. My mployers ( hospital) say I have to roll up my sleeve. I wonder if I can let Ian have mine?
Dec 18, 2020 1:44:46 GMT
steelmonkey: If I am 'entitled' by my work, to place in shot line, I should be entitled to assign it.
Dec 18, 2020 1:46:28 GMT
jackinthegreen: Your immune system may protect you........but if you get it, will it protect the people you are looking after........
Dec 20, 2020 1:06:14 GMT
steelmonkey: If I get it, my immune system has failed me and I would not expose other people. The shot made me smarter, stronger and humbler.
Dec 21, 2020 2:47:35 GMT
steelmonkey: Corona in California is like the blind men and the elephant...everyone makes up their own safety criteria and believes themselves. Its getting more and more bizarre and less scientific.
Dec 21, 2020 2:54:28 GMT
mossyrock: Hooray for the start of longer days! It's hard to see the screen for the glare this am but far be it from me to shut out the Oak King on the first day! Welcome back
Dec 21, 2020 17:24:49 GMT
steelmonkey: Merry Christmas from a California Psychiatric Facility. I have spent the last 15 Christmases in the psych ward...this must go on my permanent record. Good thing I still carry a key and get paychecks.
Dec 25, 2020 16:45:57 GMT
jackinthegreen: Hats off to ya Steelmonkey, your doing a great job there, all the best for 2021 man
Dec 26, 2020 1:26:38 GMT