Listen to the cover of “Walk on the Wild Side” by The Strokes in 2006
The Strokes love each other with a good cover. Previously, we’ve talked about how The Strokes and The Ramones shared a penchant for warp-laden hooks and leather jackets when the first took on “Life’s a Gas,” but if there’s a character out there who has it. group is the most directly indebted, that would be Lou Reed.
Everything in the group, from their attack on the twin guitar to their observations of scrupulous New York figures to Julian Casablanca’s signature bray, can be linked to Reed or his compatriots in the Velvet Underground. The Velvets were “indie rock” before it had a name, and the Strokes championed the lessons they learned from the group behind “I’m Waiting for the Man”.
While performing at the Ricoh Coliseum (now known as Coca-Cola Coliseum: maudit you, corporate Canada) in Toronto, Canada, during the group’s tour in support of their third album First impressions of the Earth, The Strokes decided to indulge in frequent comparisons by performing ‘Walk on the Wild Side’.
The song became a staple of the 2006 tour dates, having first been performed at Rolling Stone magazinecelebration of their number 1000, then regularly during the summer months and early fall. In total, the band has performed the song 25 times, but hasn’t touched it since the end of this tour. It remains the band’s most performed cover, beating “Life’s a Gas” with just one performance.
Check out The Strokes taking a ‘walk on the wild side’ below.