"Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed (VIDEO)
Listen to "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed, No. 6 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
6. Lou Reed, "Walk on the Wild Side" (1972)
This deathless Lou Reed cut paints a wise, sympathetic portrait of the misfits, hustlers and junkies drawn like flies to New York City, where every outsider can find a sliver of acceptance, if not outright redemption. Even the track's signature sound—tubby acoustic bass tangled with slinky, fretless electric—was a hustle: In a 2005 interview, session player Herbie Flowers (who played both instruments) claimed he was just trying to make twice the cash.