Lou Reed: Walk On The Wild Side

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

Produced by David Bowie, “Walk On The Wild Side”—from his second solo album Transformer—is one of Reed’s biggest mainstream successes. The epically irreverent 1972 track speaks to so much of his life’s widespread interests: New York City, curious adventures, harmoniously complex guitar work, jazz, English literature (the song was developed for a Nelson Algren novel), doo-wop, Warhol and more. Reed’s music has the uncanny ability to be both appreciated at surface level but even more greatly admired with a deeper inspection. His humble attitude and singular genius make him an eternal benchmark for all.