Thursday, July 05, 2007

Walk on the Wild Side Headline Watch

The Evening Standard has an article about Lou Reed's Berlin revival (which I reviewed too). We'll get to the headline in a minute, but first, a bit of the article:

Every song, even the already wondrous Caroline Says II, was an improvement on the recorded version and the sound was the finest I've heard at any venue in years. Most brave and most incongruous was not merely the brass and string sections, but the 12-strong New London Children's Choir, whose angelic vocals, particularly on the closing Sad Song, acted as an innocent counterpart to Reed's tales of darkness, squalor and violence.

As ever, Reed ran to form by not speaking during the set (some narrative to a tale sorely lacking it might have been a benison), but the troupe did craft an encore of non-Berlin classics: a raucous Sweet Jane; an almost unbearably gorgeous Satellite Of Love, where bassist Fernando Saunders sang one verse and the choir another, and Walk On The Wild Side which fooled the censor in 1973 and, in 2007, still sounds subversive with children on backing vocals. Mesmerising.

Nice. But back to the headline. As you probably know, every article about Lou Reed has to have "Walk on the Wild Side" in its headline, and this most recent story is no exception. But they have twisted things a bit because it is not Reed who is talking a walk on the wild side (or mild side or wilder side) but his album instead. Here it is: "Dark Classic Takes a Walk on the Wild Side." I love how completely meaningless that is. First of all, can an album take a walk? And second, nothing in the review suggests that this version of Berlin is wilder than the original. Nevertheless, "Dark Classic Takes a Walk on the Wild Side" is the editor's final decision.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi, this has nothing to do with lou reed, but i have a question about Advanced theory that has been bothering me for a while. i saw a video of Flaming lips on BBC's top of the Pops playing Do You Realize?? with Justin Timberlake playing bass with them. JT is probably the best pop star around right now, and the comparisons to Michael Jackson are apt, but that's besides the point. He was wearing a dolphin suit, which makes me think that it might be too obvious, overt maybe? Also I have trouble believing that Wayne Coyne is a genius. Does Andvanced theory still apply?

Jason Hartley said...

I've been on the fence about Wayne Coyne. I think that he just doesn't qualify for Advancement, though I like a lot of what he does. You have to be not only a genius, but a certain kind of genius, and he just doesn't cut it. As for JT, too many cool people like him these days for this to be an Advanced move by Coyne. The dolphin suit doesn't help things either.

CK said...

I hope there are plans to release this concert. I believe Berlin is really his zenith, as his efforts to create the complete aural novel took up a lot of his waking hours in those early solo years. I always loved how it could put the uninitiated on total edge.