4. “A Fantastic Moment” by Kahimi Karie (1995)
File this one under “C’” for “Catchy As Hell.” Here’s another “fantastic” piece of glorious dreamy Japanese pop that borrows its bones from “Walk On The Wild Side.” Like the best samples, it isn’t obvious- but if you listen closely you’ll notice a loving nod to Lou’s slide bass part as the tune takes off for the chorus. Nicely done.
3. “Can I Kick It” by A Tribe Called Quest (1991)
We had to include this modern classic from the The Tribe, who were just as influential and trailblazing in hip-hop as the iconoclastic Reed was in rock. Rapping over “Walk On The Wild Side”‘s bass a full year before Marky Mark did it, these guys get points for originality. The bass provides the heartbeat, but the MC had a few extra tricks up their sleeves to keep our ears on their toes. Considering Lou (claims to have) invented rap, it’s only appropriate that he gets a fitting tribute.