“Swoop, swoop, oh baby rock, rock…” Only early ‘70s radio would play a song with blatant references to giving head and not have a problem with the lyrical content. Such was the atmosphere that welcomed Lou Reed’s second solo record after leaving the Velvet Underground and his biggest hit “Walk On The Wild Side.” If Lou standing on the back cover with a huge boner in his pants wasn’t enough, fans were treated to his usual lyrical fare – transvestites, drug use, Andy Warhol, frequent hookups and, or course, homosexuality. The album was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson who had been profoundly influenced by The Velvet Underground and had regularly covered several of their songs in their live sets. In fact, this song was originally a Velvet Underground outtake from 1969 sessions that went unreleased until the mid-1980s Velvet Underground compilation albums “VU” and “Another View.” Sundazed Records will be issuing a box set of all of the Velvet Underground vinyl albums this fall that is supposed to include the great lost 1969 Velvets album. “Transformer” came out in 1972, the same year as Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” album, and in my estimation it has stood the test of time much better. With that said, it was Bowie’s golden production touch (and background vocals on this track) that revived Reed’s career, giving him his biggest album and hit. Bowie would go on to resuscitate the careers of Mott The Hoople and Iggy Pop from here, while Reed continues to release records on his own.
You may listen and say “wait a minute Uncle Marty, didn’t we just hear Take songs last week on The 3D RadioActivity?” Yes, radio listeners you did, and on this episode we are playing songs that we didn’t have enough time to play on our regular get-togethers! Every program I search out the best or quirkiest tracks to use. For instance, we heard 25 songs recently that revolved around the Take idea. My original list of tunes had over 175 of them, that would be enough for six more shows. If you are a regular listener, you know that I usually come to the studio with more cubic tunage than I can play in two hours, I always say it’s better to have too much than not enough, right? This week is Thanksgiving here in the United States, and when you ask a lot of people what their favorite part of the holiday is, they might tell you “Leftovers”. That’s what we are serving up, fresh off the turntables or hard drive. We always have a tasty mix, so join us for a break from sports on TV or in the backyard, I’m going to crack open a rootbeer with a big old scoop of cool vanilla icecream to go with these hot jams.
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