Badaljams: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Badaljams: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

We love music. We can’t imagine our lives without it, and music that does a little exploration of the boundaries of gender, we especially hold dear to our heart. So we are starting our new series BadalJams—a carefully curated collection of tracks that we think do good things for gender equality. We know that some of the content might be a bit controversial, but art usually is. While we do not support illegal activities, we do want to be true to artists’ sentiments and their exploration of the topics at hand. Hope you enjoy it!

walk on the wild side

This series would obviously have to start somewhere in the good ‘ol hippy years of women’s empowerment in the USA. Produced by David Bowie, Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” is a nifty little number, which not so subtly manages to touch on taboo topics such as transsexuality, male prostitution and (empowered) oral sex. The croone-y, soothing singing style of Lou allowed for lots of radio play despite the “unsavoury” nature of the lyrics. It’s worth mentioning Reed’s earlier project The Velvet Underground are infamous for broaching unmentionable topics in their songs with strong references to drugs, sex, and prostitution, and while we don’t endorse illegal activities, the nature of the tracks were able to remove some of the fear and mystery around those topics—and in turn, enable conversation and understanding of the larger issues at hand.

Still though, we wonder how they managed to get away with it so smoothly…doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo…