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Alice Phoebe Lou's perfect cover of Lou Reed song 'Walk on the Wild Side' while busking in Berlin


A lot of people have tried to put their own spin on Lou Reed’s material over the years but not many have done it with the same panache Alice Phoebe Lou.

The song, which first appeared on Reed’s second solo album, Transformer, was famously produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, and released as a double A-side with ‘Perfect Day’.

Reed would later explain that each verse of the song refers to one of the “superstars” who regularly hung out at Andy Warhol’s Factory New York studio. Take, for example, “Holly” which refers to Holly Woodlawn, a transsexual actress who lived in Florida but hitchhiked her way to New York. The “Sugar Plum Fairy” reference was a nod of the head to actor Joe Campbell who appeared in Warhol’s 1965 film, My Hustler.

Given the legacy of the song, Far Out friend Alice Phoebe Lou decided to head out to the streets of Berlin to perform her very special rendition of the track. The South African singer-songwriter, who self released her newest album Paper Castles earlier this year, strummed her acoustic guitar while encouraging a singalong with the onlookers.

Enjoy the performance, below.

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