Wikipedia sums up today’s entry quite tidily:
Walk on the Wild Side is a Lou Reed song from his 1972 second solo album Transformer. It was produced by David Bowie. The song received wide radio coverage, despite its touching on topics such as transsexuality, drugs, male prostitutes and oral sex and the term “colored” to refer to African Americans.
The lyrics tell of a series of individuals and their journeys to New York City, and is a thinly-veiled biography of several of the regular “superstars” at Andy Warhol’s New York studio, The Factory, namely Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro, Jackie Curtis and Joe Campbell (referred to in the song by his nickname Sugar Plum Fair.
Everybody loves a shout out eh? Today’s Wild Side transformers are are quite an eclectic lot. Starting off is my pick of the day, DJ Disse, whose instrumental downtempo version is loaded with lot’s of nice dubby effects. More jazzy downtempo goodness also comes from the likes of Arcoiris and Andre Caccarelli and Stephy Haik.
Stuttgart ska stalwarts, No Sports remake theres as a beach side reggae number.
If I had a second pick for today it would most certainly be Albert Pla and his nice little Spanish acoustic version El Lado Mas Bestia De La Vida.
Some more laid back versions come from ex-D Generation glam punker Jesse Malin and Tok Tok Tok, whose acoustic-soul version gets nice little back beat courtesy of some human beatboxing.
Nothing sounds as charming as French girls who sing in English, and Mrs. Depp aka Vanessa Paradis purrs through hers rather sweetly.
If laid back aint your bag we have a few get up and dance versions. You can either bust out your bellbottoms for Herbie Mann‘s disco number or slather yourself in Vicks and jack to the sound of a surprising acid house version from Charm. Or if those are little to upbeat, you can light up a clove and dance to till your steel plated Mad Max boots fall off with Un-4-Scene‘s EBM version.
Some great live versions are here too from The Strokes, late great Clash founder Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, as well as a Peel Session from early UK punks The Skids.
And lastly we have 80’s europops Coco M and a great WTF?!?! version from German entertainer Gerty Molzen who recorded her 1984 version at the sprightly age of 79.
DJ Disse – Walk On The Wild Side
Arcoiris – Walk On The Wild Side
Andre Caccarelli and Stephy Haik – Walk On The Wild Side
No Sports – Walk On The Wild Side
Albert Pla – El Lado Mas Bestia De La Vida (Walk On The Wild Side)
Jesse Malin – Walk On The Wild Side
Tok Tok Tok – Walk On The Wild Side
Vanessa Paradis – Walk On The Wild Side
Herbie Mann – Walk On The Wild Side
Charm – Walk On The Wild Side
Un-4-Scene – Walk On The Wild Side
The Strokes – Walk On The Wild Side (Live)
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Walk On The Wild Side (Live at St. Ann’s, Brooklyn)
The Skids – Walk On The Wild Side (Peel Session)
Coco M – Walk On The Wild Side
Gerty Molzen – Walk On The Wild Side