Decade of Difference looks at Lou Reed. In the late 1960s, Reed was the principle singer, guitar player and songwriter for the Velvet Underground. In 1970, he began his solo career. His second album, Transformer, was released in 1972 and was produced by David Bowie. The lead single, “Walk on the Wild Side,” climbed to 16 on the Billboard charts.

Lou Reed made a few more commercially successful albums after Transformer, but by the mid-1970s album sales declined. Reed became caught up in drug and alcohol addiction. He re-emerged in the 1980s with critically acclaimed albums including 1989’s New York. “Dirty Blvd” by Lou Reed played on a Decade of Difference.


Photo: from Rolling Stone’s feature on Lou Reed Essential Albums