Walk on the Wild Side: LOU REED

Australian singles charts:
Walk on the Wild Side entered the Kent charts on 23 April 1973 and peaked at #100.

The song is on Transformer which entered the Kent album charts on 9 April 1973 and peaked at #12.

Lou Reed

David Bowie, Mick Ronson

Record label of Australian release:
RCA Victor

BONUS CLIP BELOW: the five people sung about in Walk on the Wild Side explained, and some words about Warhol himself

Walk on the Wild Side was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, and received wide radio coverage. It became Reed’s biggest single, despite it touching on taboo topics such as transgender people, drugs, male prostitution, and oral sex. In the United States, RCA released an edited version of the song without the reference to oral sex.
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This song is about cross-dressers who come to New York City and become prostitutes. “Take a walk on the wild side” is what they say to potential customers. Each verse introduces a new character. There is Holly, Candy, Little Joe, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Jackie. The characters are all members of the famous Andy Warhol Factory, as was Lou.
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