Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed - Transformer
Label: RCA Victor - PK 2095 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Australia & New Zealand • Genre: Rock • Style: Glam
The song received wide radio coverage, despite its touching on taboo topics such as transsexual people, drugsmale prostitutionand oral sex. In the United States, RCA released the single using an edited version of the song without the reference to oral sex. InRolling Stone ranked it at number in its list of the greatest songs of all time.
Two decades after the song's release, Reed told interviewer David Fricke"I know my obituary has already been written. And it starts out, "Doot, di-doot, di-doot The baritone saxophone solo played over the fadeout of the song is performed by Ronnie Rosswho had taught David Bowie to play the saxophone during Bowie's childhood.
The bass hook was devised by Herbie Flowers and was performed by him on double bass overlaid by fretless electric bass. Drums were played by Ritchie Dharma using brushes rather than conventional drumsticks. The Be-Bop Deluxe* - Ships In The Night is played as a sixth chord. The pre-chorus introduces Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed - Transformer major second[D major].
The song is also noted for its twin interlocking bass lines played by Herbie Flowers on double bass and overdubbed on a stacked knob fretless Fender Jazz Bass.
In the documentary Classic Albums: Lou Reed: TransformerReed says that it was Nelson Algren 's novel, A Walk on the Wild Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed - Transformer itself titled after the song " The Wild Side of Life " that Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed - Transformer the launching point for the song, even though, as it grew, the song became inhabited by characters from his own life.
As with several other Reed songs from the s, the title may also be an allusion to an earlier song, in this case Mack David and Elmer Bernstein 's Walk Sunday Morning - No Doubt - The Singles 1992 - 2003 the Wild Sidethe Academy Award -nominated title song performed by Brook Benton for the film based on Algren's novel.
During his performance of the song on his Live: Take No Prisoners album, Reed humorously explains the song's development from a request that he write the music for the never-completed musical version of Algren's novel. InRolling Stone magazine ranked it as the rd greatest song of all time. The single peaked at 16 on the Billboard Hot singles charts in early From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Trouser Press. Retrieved June 7, Rolling Stone.
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