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Is Walk on the Wild Side transphobic? Student group issues apology after playing Lou Reed song
A Canadian student association has published an apology after a playing the Lou Reed song Walk on the Wild Side during a university event.

The student group needs to issue an apology to the ghost of Lou Reed. There was nothing transphobic about the lyrics and if they had bothered to contextualize the lyrics in the song, it’s time and Lou Reeds life they would recognize their error.

This isn’t “political correctness”, this is abject ignorance. Holly (the trans woman mentioned in the song) is Holly Woodlawn, one of Warhol’s “superstars” and star of many of his films. Candy (who “came from out on the island”) was Candy Darling, another trans superstar. The world of The Factory, which Lou was part of, celebrated gender fluidity before that was a word. Reed himself was in a long-term relationship with Rachel, a trans woman who was the muse for much of his 70s songs and is featured on the cover of at least one of his albums.

History didn’t start the day you were “woke”, you little prats. Take a moment away from SnapBat or InstaFriend and read about the fucking world, not just your world, and learn a thing or two. Here’s a good idea; “Google it” before you run off at the mouth.

a playlist of 70’s-80’s rock n roll classics that everybody knows and loves. for those times when you just wanna rock the fuck out.

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tracklist : 1. the joker - steve miller band // 2. low rider - war // 3. sweet child o’ mine - guns n roses // 4. stairway to heaven - led zepplin // 5. carry on wayward son - kansas // 6. more than a feeling - boston // 7. should i stay or should i go - the clash // 8. baba o’riley - the who // 9. bohemian rhapsody - queen // 10. go your own way - fleetwood mac // 11. brown eyed girl - van morrison // 12. my generation - the who // 13. american woman - the guess who // 14. sweet home alabama - lynyrd skynyrd // 15. have you ever seen the rain - creedence clearwater revival // 16. born to be wild - steppenwolf // 17. knockin’ on heaven’s door (acoustic) - bob dylan // 18. all along the watchtower - jimi hendrix // 19. love her madly - the doors // 20. crazy train - ozzy osbourne // 21. walk on the wild side - lou reed // 22. american pie - don mclean // 23. walk this way - aerosmith // 24. paint it black - the rolling stones // 25. paradise city - guns n roses // 26. bad moon rising - creedence clearwater revival // 27. pour some sugar on me - def leppard // 28. another one bites the dust - queen // 29. house of the rising sun - the animals // 30. ramblin’ man - allman brothers band // 31. we’re not gonna take it - twisted sister // 32. back in black - ac/dc // 33. money - pink floyd // 34. the chain - fleetwood mac // 35. dream on - aerosmith // 36. listen to the music - the doobie brothers // 37. like a rolling stone - bob dylan // 38. black dog - led zepplin // 39. any way you want it - journey // 40. simple man - lynyrd skynyrd // 41. i won’t back down - tom petty // 42. rock you like a hurricane - the scorpions // 43. rock and roll all nite - kiss // 44. you give love a bad name - bon jovi // 45. la grange - zz top // 46. jump - van halen // 47. highway to hell - ac/dc // 48. you really got me - the kinks // 49. (i can’t get no) satisfaction - the rolling stones // 50. living on a prayer - bon jovi

Some Songs On My Playlists That The Signs Should Check Out

Aries: Freedom at 21 by Jack White, Gypsy by Black Sabbath, Children Of The Bad Revolution by Lana Del Rey

Taurus: Back In Your Head by Tegan and Sara, The End by The Doors, Conquest by The White Stripes

Gemini: Skinny Love by Bon Iver, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals, Baby Darling Dollface Honey by Band of Skulls

Cancer: Tangled Up In Blues by Bob Dylan, Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers, 1949 by Lana Del Rey

Leo: Electric Feel by MGMT, Summertime by Janis Joplin, Fck Forever by Babyshambles

Virgo: Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra, Seneca by Patti Smith, Carolina Drama by The Raconteurs

Libra: VNasty & Lil Debbie: Gotta Ball, Take It Easy by The Eagles, Pretty Baby by Brendan Benson

Scorpio: This Is What Makes Us Girls by Lana Del Rey, Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed, Where Is My Mind by The Pixies

Sagittarius: Tom Sawyer by Rush, Cocaine by Davy Graham, Fear & Delight by The Correspondents

Capricorn: Black Mambo by Glass Animals, Don’t Preach to Me by the Skallywags, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

Aquarius: Crystalized by The XX, People Are Strange by The Doors, Elk Blood Heart by All Them Witches

Pisces: I Am The Rain by Pete Doherty, Lola by The Kinks, Road Trippin by Red Hot Chili Peppers

TV Announcer: Come to Duff Gardens, where roaming gangs aren’t a big problem anymore. Now featuring the clean-shaven sounds of “Hooray for Everything!”

Singers: Hey kids / Take a walk on the wild side / And all the races sing! / Doo doo doo / Shoo-bee doo-bee doo / Doo doo doo / Shoo-bee doo-bee doo / Yeah!


4  H O G W A R T S   H O U S E S :  Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus 

Gryffindor :  Fight Like A Brave - Red Hot Chili Peppers // Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana // Friends - Led Zeppelin // Nobody’s Perfect - Jessi J // The W.A.N.D. - The Flaming Lips  // Another One Bites The Dust - Queen // Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs // Fearless - Pink Floyd // Four Five Seconds - Rihanna (with Kanye West & Paul McCartney) // Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen  [ listen ]

Slytherin:  History - Blue Foundation // Crawling King Snake - The Doors // Warriors - Imagine Dragons // Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed //  Bad Influence - P!nk // Take What You Take - Lily Allen // Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde // Tigerlily - La Roux // Hallelujah - Panic! At The Disco // I Am Mine - Pearl Jam  [ listen ]

Hufflepuff:  Mean - Taylor Swift // Stay Gold - First Aid Kit //  Go Gentle - Robbie Williams // True Colors - Phil Collins // You’ve Got a Friend in Me - Lyle Lovett and Randy Newman // Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd // He Is Your Brother - ABBA //  Trees  - The Oh Hello’s // King And Lionheart - Of Monsters And Men // Light - Sleeping At Last  [ listen ]

Ravenclaw: Born This Way - Lady Gaga // This House Is A Circus - Arctic Monkeys // Royals - Lorde // Freaks - The Hawk In Paris // That’s Just Me - No Doubt // The Seeker - The Who // Salty Sweet - MS MR // Dream Again - Franz Ferdinand // We Won’t Need Legs To Stand - Sufjan Stevens // Saturn - Sleeping At Last  [ listen ]

  • Me: *trying to fall asleep*
  • Brain: hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
  • Me: pls not right now
  • Brain: ok
  • Me:
  • Brain:
  • Brain: Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
  • Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
  • Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
  • Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
  • Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
  • Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
  • Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

By Shane Robitaille

The first time I heard Lou Reed’s Take a Walk on the Wild Side was sophomore year of high school, many years after it made its debut. I was 15 years old with a bad haircut and a bit of an attitude. I had just arrived in another new town, was on my own renting a small room in an apartment complex, working full-time and was starting in my 4th high school. I walked into my art class and somebody was playing this on a boombox. I was stunned and in awe of what I heard. I’ll never forget listening intently to the daring lyrics that fall afternoon. I’ll never forget seeing the genuine diversity in that art class, the vivid personalities, how at ease students were about expressing themselves, and the feeling that I discovered something really cool and important. But mostly I felt that I had finally found a place to call home.

TRANS ANTHEM ~ be proud! be you! be trans! and if anyone misgenders you punch them in the mouth [listen]

candy says - the velvet underground • wig in a box - hedwig and the angry inch • mirror me - shawnee • prince johnny - st vincent • lola - the kinks • take a walk on the wild side - lou reed • i wish i was a girl - the vaccines • girls and boys - blur • king for a day - green day • mama - my chemical romance • ziggy stardust - david bowie • androgynous - joan jett • angry inch - hedwig and the angry inch• true trans soul rebel - against me! • give ‘em hell, kid - my chemical romance • transgender dysphoria blues - against me!