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Music single – Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side

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CB had to get around to this song eventually. It was instant good shit from the first time I heard it coming out of the radio.  I mean it was just not the usual radio fare.

From the opening bass riff, the subtle guitar, brushes on the drum and then the perfect voice. CB was taken in by Lou Reed and this great piece of music. That bass and the rest of the sound are irresistable. A little strings, some background vocals and then the sax. That put the cherry on the tune for me. CB always likes a good story song. This is Lou’s contribution. This was my intro to Lou and it was the beginning of a long relationship. Dug it’s vocal style. Great groove.

If you’re looking for a little “do da do da do.”action, this is the song for you.

35 comments on “Music single – Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side

  1. Aphoristical
    July 29, 2018

    Pretty explicit lyrics too – it’s pretty amazing it got radio play, but it’s just that infectious.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 29, 2018

      Great groove that brings you into the story but yeah I guess the more subtle references hid behind other bands that were more in your face with that stuff.

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  2. catchgroove
    July 29, 2018

    On paper Lou is just another one hit wonder. But VU had had the neat little feature that nearly everyone who listened to them started a band. Lou has so many great records from his solo career it is bizarre this is the only hit.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 29, 2018

      This sent me on a Lou jag. Everything Lou. So much good stuff. I know a lot of folks long for his VU days but I got so much out of his solo work. I think the radio and record company tried other songs. And trying to get Reed to do want they wanted would be like herding cats. So many good songs. I love Coney Island Baby.
      I seen Lou, I think it was the Sally Can’t Dance album. Worst concert ever for CB. I still stayed a fan.

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  3. hotfox63
    July 29, 2018

    The song made Lou Reed legendary. Herbie Flowers received for his distinctive bass playing only little money. But he saw it as a normal lot for a studio musician: “You do your job and then you have to go.”

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  4. christiansmusicmusings
    July 29, 2018

    Definitely one of the cool 70s tunes!

    I always thought that in addition to producing the song, David Bowie also played the great sax solo at the end. But according to Wikipedia, it was actually Ronnie Ross, who taught Bowie how to play the sax when Bowie was a kid.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 29, 2018

      Back then all those guys were exchanging ideas. I got into Mick Ronson later when he hooked up with Ian Hunter. All those credit mistakes. I always had a hard time thinking Bowie played that lick. Maybe he did? I know Van Morrison plays a pretty good sax.

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  5. Jim S.
    July 29, 2018

    You could not get away today with saying “and the colored girls sing.” A nice slice from the seedy side of NY life. I didn’t some of the nastier lyrics till I got the album because there was a censored version for the radio. I believe that all the character in the song are ones that Lou knew.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 29, 2018

      That whole Warhol thing i didn’t get but I did dig the music. I remember when he hooked up with Springsteen on Street Hassle and I just loved Bruce’s contribution to the song.

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      • Jim S.
        July 30, 2018

        Now that I missed. Talk about the Odd Couple. Bruce’s friends are all meat-and-potatoes guys, kinda like CB.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 30, 2018

        Here it is. It’s long. !978. I thought it was cool that they got together. Yeah odd couple but that’s what Bruce was about (I always thought he was a bit of a street rat). Open minded musically like the Doc. Bruce waltzes in about the 9 minute mark. Cool.

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      • Jim S.
        July 30, 2018

        I’ll check it out 2nite. Thanks.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 30, 2018

        It will be like climbing into a time machine. Very cool. Remember this was when Bruce wasn’t “Mega Bruce”

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      • Jim S.
        July 30, 2018

        I love how all these guys were just regular schlubs before they were famous.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 30, 2018

        I think Springsteen has worked hard at that. He has some pretty solid people in his corner. Plus I think he gets it. He just has more $$$ than you and I Doc.

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      • Jim S.
        July 30, 2018

        Yeah, well, and maybe more talent. I’m speaking for myself here.

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      • Jim S.
        July 31, 2018

        Interesting. I had no idea Springsteen was on any Lou Reed thing or that they even knew each other. Bruce does a monolog! Being the researcher I am, I had to find out about this. Apparently they were all at the Record Plant in NYC, Lou knew Van Zandt, wondered if Bruce would do it and he did. He apparently wanted to go uncredited as he was in the middle of legal bullshit. Anyway, thanks for that slice of history.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 31, 2018

        at one time CB was a BS guy sort of like you and ABB. Same as you there was no instant internet for help. He was always doing things like this. Talk about Odd Couple, Patti Smith?Bruce? But man did that work.

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  6. greenpete58
    July 30, 2018

    STREET HASSLE might be my favorite Reed album, and “Dirt” and “I Wanna Be Black” are classic. Springsteen is uncredited, I guess due to contractual restrictions.

    As much as I revere his Velvets work, I agree that “Wild Side” is a great song, and those are real Warhol Factory regulars (Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn). The first time I heard it, I was reading “Autobiography of Malcolm X,” and his line about the Apollo hooked me.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 30, 2018

      Agree on the ‘Street Hassle’ album (I have a few others up with it). Bruce got around in those days. Yeah there was all that court shit that tied him up for a while. Man what a bunch of bullshit.
      When I went back to find the Velvets music I was hooked. I went on a Cale jag also. Cross currents like your timing with Malcolm’s book really stamp things for us. You ever listen to ‘Songs foe Drella’? Something about it I like.

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      • greenpete58
        July 30, 2018

        I heard a little of “Songs for Drella” and didn’t care for it much. But critics give it a firm thumbs up. I like Cale (John) and have “Paris 1919” and “Fear,” which are pretty good.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 30, 2018

        Something real sad about it. That was my take on Warhol. These two knew him better than CB. Yeah I like a lot of that Cale stuff including the two you mentioned.
        I watched a doc on VA. Interesting what they were doing compared to what was going on out west in SF musically.

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      • greenpete58
        July 30, 2018

        If you want to read a good book about the Factory (including Reed, Cale, Nico and the rest), check out “Popism: The Warhol Sixties.” So much going on creatively (and weirdness, of course). A lot is made about Reed’s more experimental and “graphic” songs, but he had a real folk sensibility going on, too, and there’s a lot of sensitivity and empathy.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 30, 2018

        Yeah, people get locked onto certain tags. There was way more to Lou than meets the ear.

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  7. J.
    August 26, 2018

    I love this tune, CB. Love it. First Lou Reed track I ever heard. Even before Perfect Day (I first heard that thanks to Trainspotting). Even before Velvet Underground). Exceptional stuff.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 26, 2018

      I was so cool (in my own small mind) I had a buddy silkscreen the ‘Transformer’ cover onto a t-shirt. Love this tune and the album it came from plus a lot of other of Lou’s stuff.

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      • J.
        August 27, 2018

        Transformer is a great album. I like a lot of Lou’s stuff. Most of what I’ve heard, anyway. He was definitely a peculiar chap.

        Actually, I prefer his solo stuff to Velvet Underground… and I know I’m alone there.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 27, 2018

        I’m with you on that one. I went on a decade binge after Transformer. Easily the worst concert I ever went to. It was the Sally Can’t Dance’ tour, I think. I might have told you. He was wrecked out of his head. I stayed a fan despite that shmoz.

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      • J.
        August 27, 2018

        Some artists can survive something like that, eh? A lesser act you’d be calling time on them.

        I mind seeing Lanegan back in 2004 and he was about a hour late on stage. I was really disappointed, but he was amazing when he came on… despite being out of sorts. Stuff online suggested it wasn’t an isolated incident during that tour.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 27, 2018

        It’s good for a lot of reasons when they get their shit together. I use to cut a lot of slack now I’m just to miserable and impatient. There’s a good idea for a take, “Pricks I’ve seen in concert”. Jerry Lee Lewis fits that bill but I love the guy.

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      • J.
        August 27, 2018

        Aye, it’s been great seeing Lanegan get back on track (and stay there). He’s long been a favourite of mine and I’d met him a few times after gjgs and he was good enough to engage in chat. I worried about him for a while, though.

        I’ve never seen anyone as combustible or volatile as Jerry Lee Lewis. I can imagine that was an event! (Though I have seen Scott Weiland and many would say that qualifies).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 27, 2018

        I like Lanegan also but wasn’t up on his personal battles. But yeah good that he’s saving himself a shitload of grief.
        Jerry Lee was just a prick. seen him a few times. Some times he behaved and others …. not so much. Bottom line he rocked and is so talented. He was just venting at anyone within 10 feet of him. He’s the King and lets you know it. I’d go see him tomorrow if he was playing.
        Hitting the hay. Good chat J. I’ll pop over and check out that “New Band’ you’re featuring.

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