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Trivia / Transformer

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  • Breakthrough Hit: Both the parent album and "Walk on the Wild Side" established Reed as a solo performer after his failed first album.
  • Creator Backlash: Despite the success of Transformer, Lou Reed felt frustrated that his one best selling record was a success because David Bowie helped him with it.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The iconic double bassline (one played on a bass guitar, the other played on an upright bass) on "Walk on the Wild Side" came about because the studio musician playing bass realised he'd get paid twice if he played two parts.
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  • Throw It In!: The high-contrast image of Reed on the cover came from a photo by Mick Rock that got overexposed when he developed it. Rock liked the effect and decided to go with it.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Co-producer David Bowie was a huge fan of Reed's earlier band, the Velvet Underground, having first gotten into them via a pre-release acetate of their debut album.
  • Write Who You Know: "Walk on the Wild Side" refers to several people Reed knew from the Andy Warhol entourage.


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