Oct 9, 2014
Walk on the Wild Side
With a bit of a mind flip, you're into the time slip, and nothing can ever be the same.
"Walk on the Wild Side," by Lou Reed (1972), is about several people making that slip from dull Mundania to the gay world, where all gender and sexual norms vanish and you can find yourself -- or lose yourself -- in the savage possibilities.
Holly shaved her legs and then he was a she.
Candy was everyone's darling in the back rooms.
Sugar Plum Fairy visited the Apollo, where the "colored girls" sang.
Jackie thought she was James Dean and crashed.
Transvestism, back-room sex, male prostitution, interracial sex, drugs -- heavy stuff for 1972.
When I first heard the song, in high school, I didn't understand most of the sexual references. I didn't know that the people mentioned were all members of Andy Warhol's Factory: Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro, Joe Campbell, and Jackie Curtis.
See also: Searching for a Gay Comic; Andy Warhol; Joe Dallesandro