Most of you will recognize this song as the sample for Tribe Called Questâ€™s Can I Kick It; while I think the Tribe song is an creative and energetic reinvention, itâ€™s pale in comparison to the quaint and haunting original. Take A Walk On The Wild Side was the surprise hit single from Lou Reedâ€™s solo debut Transformer, and was produced by David Bowie, a big fan of Reed. In typical Velvet fashion, the songs lyrics are as unorthodoxed and elcletic as they come; covering topics like drugs, oral sex, race, male prostitutes and transexuality. As a member of The Velvets, Reed was very involved with Andy Warhol and the debauchery that came a long with it. In fact, some of the characters referred to in this songÂ are Andyâ€™s â€œsuperstars.â€ With lyrical content so trite these days if find myself caught up in the more psychedelic and creative eras of music. For those of you who donâ€™t listen to lyrics worry not, the songs quirky and infectious bass line is usually what lures most in.
There are two bass sounds happening at once, a double-bass and a fretless bass guitar. Secondly, the musicians are playing a major tenth interval, a quirky and unusual decision at the time, enjoy.
New York City is the place where they said hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.â€