March 10, 2008

Jesse Malin takes a walk on the somewhat wild but mostly acoustic side

Well heck. Here it is Monday night. In addition to the time change creeping up on me, apparently I am also going to forget what day it is and therefore not put the finishing touches on the Monday Music Roundup. Which is now looking like a Tuesday Music Roundup. Terrific!

Jesse Malin‘s cover of the Lou Reed classic “Walk On The Wild Side” surfaced over on the Times UK site today for free download. It’s from his upcoming album of covers, On Your Sleeve, due April 7th on One Little Indian Records.

Walk On The Wild Side – Jesse Malin

It begs for comparison with some of the other other notable covers of this ode to transvestitism, back room darlings, and really smooth bass lines that sound what I would imagine heroin feels like.

Walk On The Wild Side – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Oh the horror, this was my first exposure to this song. I bought this cassingle from The Wherehouse at Vallco Fashion Park mall, probably with babysitting money. I know all the lyrics; to this day, Annie’s cautionary tale is probably the reason I’ve never done hits that make heartbeats accelerate. She wanted to be a chemical engineer, makin 50 to 55 thousand a year. She took a hit, breathed two short breaths. One for life the last for death. Thanks Marky.

Walk On The Wild Side (live) – The Strokes
Julian Casablancas always sounds like he is singing half-reclined on his counch and can’t be arsed to get up, and I think he comes closest to channeling the delivery of Lou Reed. I love the way the moment in this cover when he hits the line about Jackie juuuuuust speeding away, and then of course that pretty rad guitar solo that Nick Valensi throws on at the end.

Imagine/Walk On The Wild Side – George W. Bush
Dubya gets his thang on, courtesy of some fancy editing from the fantastically entertaining thepartyparty site. Who knew?!

Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed
The original, the grandaddy of cool.


  • holy shit — great post. i havent heard tha marky mark jam, in…oh, 15 years?

    Satisfied '75 — March 11, 2008 @ 1:06 am

  • Heather,
    You always bring smiles.
    I never heard the Bush Rap. That was the best bush-mash I’ve heard. It was actually hummable and toe-tap-able.
    If there was only a video to go along with it. You know, with him right after he got that raspberry on his face.. the pretzel event. Imagine.

    Yon — March 11, 2008 @ 9:42 am

  • heather,

    again…you exhibit the traits of the coolest woman alive.

    love from portland

    Anonymous — March 11, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  • You must hear this remix/remake of
    Wild Side by Lou Himself at

    Philco Brothers — March 11, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  • Hadn’t heard the Marky Mark thing before. Now I wish I could take it all back. Please make it go away.

    Al — March 12, 2008 @ 6:59 am

  • I never know how to feel about Jesse Malin – sometimes I really dig him and some times he just elicits yawns. Like this cover, but you’re right, there’s nothing like the original.

    Chris in Oxford — March 12, 2008 @ 7:25 am

  • By the way, I’m spinning a new site, A Free Man, out of my personal blog and am hoping to meet some like minded music bloggers. If you have the chance, take a look at my site and if you like it perhaps we could exchange blog roll listings.

    All the best,


    Chris in Oxford — March 12, 2008 @ 7:26 am

  • Marky Mark … damm I am getting old.

    Anonymous — March 19, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

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