Lou Reed RIP

Lou ReedIt’s a bit weird sitting here hearing an Italian radio station play “Walk on the wild side”, which will no doubt receive millions of plays in the next few days.

However, I much prefer this one, which never fails to send a little (pleasurable) shiver down my spine. It’s “Perfect Day”. In many ways, it’s the antithesis of “Wild side”, which is redolent of heavy mood changing substances. “Perfect Day”, by contrast, has Reed with an innocent-sounding voice singing about a nice day out in the park, albeit with the inevitable darker undertones of “reap what you sow”. Wonderful.

The song was the B-side to “Walk on the wild side”. There’s a long article on it on the Independent web site.


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