Aired on Treasure Island OldiesMay 5, 2024

Over the years the music industry has introduced us to some very volatile characters. Included in this group is an iconic figure of the New York punk scene who left an indelible mark on music and culture that continues to resonate today. As the frontman of a legendary punk band and through his solo work, he challenged conventions, pushed boundaries, and embodied the spirit of rebellion.

One of his most significant contributions was his fearless exploration of sensitive subjects in his lyrics, from drug use and sexuality to urban decay and social alienation.


His ambiguous sexual identity complemented by his leather jackets, shades, and tousled hair, became synonymous with the downtown New York scene of the 70s. His attitude of defiance and his refusal to compromise his artistic vision inspired a generation of outsiders to embrace their individuality and challenge the status quo.

Musically, his work with The Velvet Underground laid the groundwork for alternative rock and influenced countless bands across genres.

His solo career further cemented his status as a trailblazer. Albums like “Transformer” and “Berlin” showcased his versatility as a songwriter and his willingness to take risks, while his collaborations with artists like David Bowie and Laurie Anderson demonstrated his enduring influence on subsequent generations of musicians.

When it came to partying and being outspoken on subjects that were taboo, Lou Reed was not afraid to take a “Walk On The Wild Side,” this week’s Tom Locke moment in time.

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This “Moments In Time” story is yet another example of a “golden oldie” or forgotten favorite that earned its place in the evolution of Rock & Roll.