Walk On The Wild Side (Lou Reed Song) - Covers and References

Covers and References

  • In 1985, 79-year old veteran German actress Gerty Molzen recorded her own version of the song, cleaning up some of the lyrics in the process. She performed it on Late Night with David Letterman in the US and on Gay Byrne's Late Late Show in Ireland.
  • In February 1990, two club/hiphop versions charted simultaneously in the UK - Jamie J. Morgan's cover produced by Richard Mazda reached #27, whilst Beat System got to #63.
  • Vanessa Paradis covered the song in her 1990 album Variations sur le même t'aime.
  • In 1990 Hong Kong group Softhard (軟硬天師) covered the song to chinese version "愛在暗中作動時".
  • Trumpeter Rick Braun covered the song on the 2005 album Yours Truly.
  • Jesse Malin covered it on On Your Sleeve, a cover album released in 2008.
  • At a charity event, Lou Reed played this song with comedians Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, and Jack Black. Each person took on one verse of the song.
  • Young@Heart perform this song in concert.
  • Irish/Australian comedian Jimeoin covered the song in 1993 on his music/comedy CD, Goin' Off.
  • Hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest sampled the song in "Can I Kick It?", on their 1990 debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. ("Can I Kick It?" has in turn been covered by various other artists.)
  • Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch sampled the song in the 1991 single "Wildside".
  • A few bars of a syrupy cover of the song are performed by the squeaky-clean teen variety act "Hooray for Everything!" in the 1993 episode "Selma's Choice" of The Simpsons.
  • Natalie Portman sings the line "And the colored girls go Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo" in the 1996 film Beautiful Girls.
  • In a scene from the 2001 film Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig starts singing it while in an oven.
  • In the 2002 film The Salton Sea an old man with a tracheotomy sings the song on a karaoke machine in a bar.
  • Rod Stewart's 1977 hit song "The Killing of Georgie" covers similar terrain as "Walk on the Wild Side", and also takes important elements of melody and backing vocals.
  • Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind has stated that the band's hit song "Semi-Charmed Life" was meant as a response to "Walk on the Wild Side", but from a San Francisco perspective.
  • Danny Brown (rapper) sampled the song in his 2012 single Grown Up
  • The Flowers of Hell released a 2012 cover version made using the work-in-progress lyrics from an early Lou Reed demo

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