He was even more amazed when Doc asked whether he'd write with him. In 1976, three Mink DeVille songs appeared on Live at CBGB's, a compilation album of bands that played CBGB (for the recording sessions, drummer Thomas R. "Manfred" Allen, Jr. was credited as Manfred Jones). From his legendary years fronting Mink DeVille to his critically-acclaimed solo career, Willy has been adding his own unique voice to the larger musical conversation for over three decades. These five guys ... were obviously part of the new energy, but I also felt immediately reconnected to all the rock & roll I loved best: the bluesy early Stones, Van Morrison ..., the subway scenarios of The Velvet Underground, Dylan's folk-rock inflections, the heartbreak of Little Willie John, and a thousand scratchy old flea market 45s. Mink DeVille (1974–86) was a rock band known for its association with early punk rock bands at New York's CBGB nightclub and for being a showcase for the music of Willy DeVille.The band recorded six albums in the years 1977 to 1985. Fast Floyd, later of Fast Floyd and the Famous Firebirds) formed a band called Billy de Sade and the Marquis. In 1985, "Sportin' Life" featured the European hit song "Italian Shoes.". I figured that since playing music with people I was friends with didn't seem to work out, I would hire some mercenaries, some cats who just wanted to play and get paid. ", Better known in Europe than in the U.S., DeVille went solo in 1980 with "Le Chat Bleu." Elvis Presley's rhythm section, Ron Tutt and Jerry Scheff, want to play with me. He sat at his usual table and watched an empty spotlight. From 1975 to 1977, Mink DeVille was one of the original house bands at CBGB, the New York City nightclub where punk rock music was born in the mid 1970s. I didn't get Jack Nitzsche. The tightest black suit clung to his thin frame; he wore a purple shirt, a narrow black tie and shoes with six-inch points. And the harsh reality in his voice and phrasing is yesterday, today, and tomorrow — timeless in the same way that loneliness, no money, and troubles find each other and never quit for a minute. 'I tried to get him for years.' They had him. With his pedantically trimmed pencil mustache he looked like a cross between a bullfighter and a Puerto Rican pimp. Youtube; Spanish Stroll Mink DeVille. Wrote Daily Telegraph critic Neil McCormick: DeVille and his band reached deep into blues and soul, the classic romantic pop of Ben E. King and The Drifters, with a side order of Spanish spices and New Orleans Zydeco swing. Featuring “Spanish Stroll”, “Demasiado Corazon” & “Hey Joe”, this 2LP set includes a 4-page booklet with extensive liner notes written by ex-band members and DeVille’s inner circle. I still feel guilty about it, but we were just a good bar band. 8, A Jepp® Production Vol. For the remaining albums and for tours, Willy DeVille assembled musicians to play under the name Mink DeVille. Said DeVille, "I met Manfred at a party; he'd been playing with John Lee Hooker and a lot of blues people around San Francisco. "The rock world has lost another one of its influential pioneers," Kaye said. These producers were a natural fit for Mink DeVille, whose members' tastes ran to the Ronettes, the Crystals and other 1960s-era New York City bands with their Brill Building sound. Directed by Dave Wilson. [6] According to a 1977 article in Creem, DeVille's wife Toots Deville suggested the name: "...the band looked like it might have been going nowhere, in reverse. We played for three years ... [D]uring that time we didn't get paid more than fifty bucks a night", DeVille said. As recorded by Mink Deville, album 'Late Night Tales: Fatboy Slim'. It was clear that Willy had realized his fantasy of a new, completely contemporary Brill Building record. "[4] DeVille also remarked about the name, "What could be more pimp than a mink Cadillac? The album was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and DeVille and Duncan Cameron producing. We played CBGBs for three years, and all of the sudden word got out, and then came this word Punk, which where I come from is a bad word. He was like my crazy uncle. Willy’s band Mink Deville was one of the original CBGB’s house bands in New York from 1975-77 and his hipness factor has been well documented. Then one of the guys said how about Mink DeVille? Some musicians who backed up Willy DeVille in The Mink DeVille Band played and toured with him for decades. With Robert Urich, Robin Duke, Christine Ebersole, Mary Gross. Style: Blues Rock. Said Willy DeVille, "You listen to that music and you hear those really high strings, and that percussion, and the castanets; that's all Jack's (Jack Nitzsche's) work. | EU Privacy Preferences. [12], However, Mink DeVille had in common with the CBGB bands an aversion to the hippy aesthetic (what Willy DeVille called "electric this and strawberry that"[4][13]); moreover, the band brought an eclectic New York sensibility to its music that the other bands didn't have and that New York City rock fans recognized and appreciated. Explained Kenny Margolis, who played piano and accordion in DeVille's early 1980s bands, "I don't think the American public had a chance to experience him because in America at that time you had MTV telling you what to like. EMAIL ME. The exposure eventually led to a record contract. Willy DeVille (born William Paul Borsey Jr. in Stamford, Connecticut, on August 25, 1950; died in New York City on August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter of Basque, Pequot, and Irish descent. Crazy! Mink DeVille / Willy DeVille ‎– Greatest Hits Label: EMI ‎– 7243 8 38030 2 6 Format: CD, Compilation Country: Europe Released: 1996 Genre: Rock. Mink DeVille Biography by Jason Ankeny + Follow Artist. Cigarette smoke wafted into the shaft of light from offstage while the sax player blew Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne". I walked in (to CBGB) and I saw Hilly (Hilly Kristal) standing there. [18] Steve Douglas played saxophone, and the Immortals, a cappella singers whom Willy DeVille discovered at a reggae concert at Max's Kansas City, sang background vocals. DeVille recorded two albums for Atlantic, 1981's Coup de Grâce (produced by Jack Nitzsche) and 1983's Where Angels Fear to Tread. I cleaned up my act. "Onstage, Willy's band, Mink DeVille, had nothing in common with the new wave CBGB bands that the press had lumped them with," wrote Alex Halberstadt. The band's 1978 follow-up album Return to Magenta continued in the same vein as Cabretta, but with a twist. I have seen Mink DeVille several times and was disappointed in this CD Read more. '"[26], By this time, no members of the original Mink DeVille save Willy DeVille remained in the band, but DeVille continued recording and touring under the name Mink DeVille. His other albums include the soulful "Coupe de Grace" and "Where Angels Fear to Tread." Finally I got a new recording contract, with Atlantic, and a new manager. "We went against strings on the first album—decided it should be outright, raw, and rude. The show was the most soulful Doc had seen in ages. I'm in the book," Doc hollered before rolling away (in his wheelchair). Recorded in Paris and influenced by his admiration for siren Edith Piaf, the album featured "This Must Be the Night" and "Just to Walk That Little Girl Home.". He is recording a new album for Atlantic records, having departed from his previous recording commitment under less than amicable circumstances. "[2] On Return to Magenta, Willy DeVille and producers Nitzsche and Steve Douglas employed lavish string arrangements on several songs. Donde vas con mi carro Rosita? What the wiry, dapper DeVille had that tied him to fellow CBGB resident bands like The Ramones, Television, Blondie and Talking Heads was an edge. Album Cabretta. rootsrockreggaesoulmusichut. Looking at music magazines in City Lights Bookstore, DeVille noticed a small ad in The Village Voice inviting bands to audition in New York City (his hometown was nearby Stamford, Connecticut). We used to do an Apollo thing. "You mean the guy who wrote 'Save the Last Dance for Me'?" Not to mention Jean-Claude doing the strings. I had a big straw hat on, silk suit. "Unlike Television, The Ramones, or Blondie, at heart Mink DeVille was an R&B band, and Willy an old-fashioned soul singer ..."[7] Wrote Mark Keresman, "Mink DeVille's earthy, streamlined sound, rejecting the mainstream high-gloss that ruined much of 1970s rock, was accepted by the same folks who'd go to see Blondie, The Shirts, and Television."[8]. DeVille Little Miss Tragedy is so misunderstood She can hear you sniff a whip of a bad drugs a hundred yards away "It says something about the state of the American record business—something pathetic and depressing—that Willy DeVille's finest album fell on deaf ears at Capitol," wrote Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone. This song was chosen as the album's lead single and reached No. Tracklist . Buckwheat performs with his backup singers, Da Dupreems. Capitol Records released Le Chat Bleu in Europe in 1980, but believed that American audiences would not warm to a record featuring accordions and strings. [7], DeVille said about their first meeting, "Now here I am at 29, a writer, doing pretty good and I've just been asked if I want to write songs with a guy who helped lay the foundations for the music I fell in love with sitting at my mother's kitchen table when I was only seven years old. As well, musicians who played in The Mink DeVille Band sometimes played on Mink DeVille and Willy DeVille albums. 185. [16], There was the Ramones, Patti Smith, Television, the Talking Heads, and us. He was drawing on some of the same musical areas that Bruce Springsteen's epic rock dipped into, but Willy was an entirely different creature, a macho dandy in a pompadour and pencil mustache, with the dangerous air of a New York gangfighter and an underbelly vulnerability that came out through the romanticism of his music. So maybe another name change would help—God knows the music was great. Youtube; Slow Drain Mink DeVille. "We were Billy de Sade and the Marquis then. DeVille also spent time in New Orleans and recorded his "Victory Mixture" album with Dr. John, Eddie Bo, Allen Toussaint and others. 26-apr-2016 - Bekijk het bord "Willy DeVille - Mink DeVille" van Gerd Quirijnen op Pinterest. In December 1976, Ben Edmonds (1950–2016), an A&R man for Capitol Records, and previously an editor for Creem, signed the band after spotting them at CBGB. I thought, 'Holy shit! "[10] After Le Chat Bleu sold impressively in America as an import, Capitol finally released it in the United States. The group was a showcase for frontman Willy DeVille (born William… These members of different Mink DeVille Bands played with Willy DeVille for ten years or more: This quote comes from the back cover of Mink DeVille's 1978 album. "[5], Mr. DeVille's career never quite took off, despite the impressive breadth and depth of his talent. DeVille strode out of the wings and snatched the mike. Fast Floyd was replaced by Louis X. Erlanger, who had played with John Lee Hooker and brought a deeper blues sensibility to the band; Colbert left the band and returned to California in 1977 and was replaced by Bobby Leonards (formerly of Tiffany Shade). Willy DeVille, a singer and songwriter and the leader of the group Mink DeVille, whose adventurous forays into rhythm and blues, Cajun music and … They're professional, precise, but they're full of fire, too.[28]. [20] Cabretta was elected number 57 in the Village Voice's 1977 end-of-the-year Pazz & Jop critics poll.[21]. Collected is a compilation of Willy DeVille’s tenure as the charismatic frontman of Mink DeVille, and of his later solo work. Bass player Bob Curiano, Drummer Shawn Murray for example, backed up Willy DeVille in his 1984 and 2007 European tours. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. "According to Willy—never one to let false modesty intrude on a good story—the Atlantic Records chairman said, 'You got the look, the performance, the writing, you know exactly what to do. They didn't understand the record, but they understood it in Europe. [4] In 1975, CBGB was the epicenter of punk rock and what would later be called new wave, but Mink DeVille didn't necessarily fit in the scene. They captivate a listener in the same way a great period film would—they tell an epic story in a few minutes and capture all of its life and death drama. So we went into this cheap little studio and did four songs, which Edmonds gave to Jack Nitzsche. After 1985, when Willy DeVille began recording and touring under his own name, his backup bands were sometimes called "The Mink DeVille Band," an allusion to the earlier Mink DeVille. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songwriter Doc Pomus said about the band, "Mink DeVille knows the truth of a city street and the courage in a ghetto love song. Two days later the elusive producer was sitting in my office. Comment Report abuse. A Pompadour jutted out above his forehead like the lacquered hull of a submarine. AP Mink Pie ... hmmmm. Dr. John played keyboards and, once again, Douglas played saxophone. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is a registered trademark of The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. The band with me was a dream come true. Europe had not had MTV at that point and they were very open to different music. We played the Barracks. Thinking they'd signed a new wave band, Capitol didn't know what to do with Willy's rock and roll chanson and shelved it for a year. Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (Cabretta and Return to Magenta). He embodies (New York's) tangle of cultural contradictions while making music that's both idiomatic, in the broadest sense, and utterly original."[14]. And he has expanded the scope of his music by adding elements of French cafe songs and Louisiana zydeco to the mixture of rock, blues, Latin and Brill Building soul that was already there. Born in Stamford, Conn., he is survived by his wife, Nina, and a son, Sean Borsey. Unlike Television, the Ramones, or Blondie, at heart Mink DeVille was an R&B band, and Willy an old-fashioned soul singer. I've never walked through those doors other than to have maybe a beer once. Wrote Alex Halberstadt, Pomus's biographer: One night Doc's pub crawl took him to The Bottom Line just a block east of Washington Square Park (in New York City). And that was the whole of it, plain and simple. "Throughout his career, his musical gumbo was always layered with his deliciously gravelly soul-drenched vocals," Kaye said. All that really cool stuff".[4]. [9], Said DeVille, "We were doing Little Walter stuff, we were doing Elmore James stuff. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Mink DeVille. There can't be anything cooler than a fur-lined Cadillac can there? He was 58. "[5] Another story about the Mink DeVille name says that it originated with Fast Floyd, who owned an old Cadillac with a cracked dashboard. They favoured castanets over tom-toms, and accordion over distorted guitars, and Willy delivered his vocals with a sweet, tuneful flexibility that brought out the emotional resonance beneath his nasal sneer. Mink DeVille (1974–86) was a rock band known for its association with early punk rock bands at New York's CBGB nightclub and for being a showcase for the music of Willy DeVille. [4] He told Music Street Journal: "The whole band only got $50 dollars a night, even to the end. When Lazy Ace broke up, DeVille, Allen Jr., Colbert, Rubén Sigüenza, and guitarist Robert McKenzie (a.k.a. Mink ... MINK DE VILLE!' Rocker Willy DeVille died in 2009 at age 58 from pancreatitis and other health problems resulting from his hard-partying lifestyle. Nitzsche produced and arranged the first two Mink DeVille records for Capitol -- Cabretta (1977) and Return to Magenta (1978). [19] The song went to No. How can I go wrong?"[22]. "Those boys went through the wars with me, the $50 a night bars, and I had to turn on them and lop their heads off and say, 'I love you man, but that's the way it's gotta be.' Privacy Policy | I said, 'No Hilly and you know why? Guitarist Louis X. Erlanger had become acquainted with Pomus while frequenting New York City's blues clubs and had urged Pomus to check out the group. To cover the cracks, Fast Floyd glued an old mink coat he had purchased at a thrift store to the dashboard. Although a product of the New York punk scene, at heart Mink DeVille were a soul band with roots in R&B, the blues, and even Cajun music. "[31] However, David Wild of Rolling Stone praised Sportin' Life, calling it "[t]he most modern, polished sound of (Willy DeVille's) career." The '70s Punk Rebellion, Cabretta, and Coup de grâce. NEW YORK -- Willy DeVille, who founded the punk group Mink DeVille and was known for his blend of R&B, blues, Dixieland and traditional French Cajun ballads, has died, his publicist said Friday. Elliott Murphy later asked me incredulously. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Tu sabes que te quiero, pero ti me quitas todo"), adding a Latin flavor to the album. Nitzsche said about DeVille, "We hit it off right away. he said. DeVille sounded like he couldn't quite decide whether to serenade you or pull a knife on you. by [29], The albums Mink DeVille recorded for Atlantic sold well in Europe but not in the United States. We just fell in love with each other. '"[17] Wrote Ben Edmonds, who paired Nitzsche with Mink DeVille: It has always been assumed that our pairing was based on his (Nitzsche's) Spector accomplishments, but to me that was secondary. Stand By Me - L'Emission French TV.TV Appearances Vol. Songwriting with Doc Pomus. I met Rubén at a basement jam in San Francisco, and he liked everything I liked from The Drifters to, uh, Fritz Lang. We were the five big draws. That's all we were. Both men, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had apprenticed under Phil Spector and helped shape the Wall of Sound production technique.

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