WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Eddy McManus has truly outdone himself with his rendition of “Walk on the Wild Side,” originally written and performed by Lou Reed on his album Transformer in 1972. This song, which was produced by none other than David Bowie and Mick Ronson, has always been known for its groundbreaking and controversial lyrics, which explore themes of prostitution, trans-sexuality, and oral sex in a way that was unprecedented for rock music at the time. It’s no surprise that the single became a hit, reaching the 16th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1973.
But with Eddy McManus’s version, the song takes on a whole new life. His sexy retelling of the stories of five unique individuals gives the song a fresh, contemporary feel, while still paying homage to the original. The New York Times described “Walk on the Wild Side” as a “ballad of misfits and oddballs” that has become an unlikely cultural anthem, and Eddy McManus’s version only serves to reinforce this sentiment. His interpretation of the song is a testament to the enduring appeal of Reed’s lyrics and the enduring power of music to bring people together, no matter how “wild” or unconventional they may be. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and give Eddy McManus’s version of “Walk on the Wild Side” a listen – you won’t be disappointed.