Mink DeVille

Mink DeVille

US R&B/rock & roll band (1974-1986) fronted by Willy DeVille. Though starting out in San Francisco playing gay leatherbars as "Billy de Sade and the Marquis" (Billy being Billy Borsay, Willy DeVille's original name), the band changed its name To Mink DeVille (and Bosay became Willy DeVille) in 1975 and became on of the housebands in the famous NY club CBGB. CBGB being the epicenter of NY punk - and other house bands being Blondie, Television and Talking Heads got Mink DeVille categorized as part of the punk/new Wave underground which they never belonged to musically. Mink DeVille's music was build on R&B, blues and 60's classic pop blended with streetwise attitudes and back alley romanticism, not unlike the sound heard in early Bruce Springsteen songs like "Rosalita" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and heard from Springsteen confreres Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and Gary U.S. Bonds, with a twist of hispano, New Orleans and Zydeco. Discovered by Capitol Records in 1977 the band recorded three albums for the label. The fresh approach to R&B classicism and rock & roll got producer legend Jack Nitzsche interested in producing the band and he is credited as being major influencial on the development of the bands sound. Hearing the band live in it's early days also caught song writing legend Doc Pomus's attention, and he offered to write with Willy DeVille. In spite of critical acclaim and praise of DeVille's writing talent Mink DeVille didn't make it big in the US, but caught quite an audience in Europe.
The original Mink Deville band was let off by Willy DeVille after the first two albums, and from 1980's "Le Chat Bleu" recorded in Paris, he would hand pick musicians for recording and touring under the band name. The album is often cited as the bands best out of the six studio albums.
From 1986 Willy DeVille performed under his own name.
Band key songs include "Spanish Stroll", "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl", "A" Train Lady, "I Broke That Promise", "Just To Walk That Little Girl Home" and "Love & Emotion"

Mink DeVille Discography


5C 062-85137 Mink DeVille Cabretta (Album) Capitol Records 5C 062-85137 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
3C 064-85461 Mink DeVille Return To Magenta (Album) Capitol Records 3C 064-85461 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
ST - 11955 Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu (Album) Capitol Records ST - 11955 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
K 50833, K 50 833 Mink DeVille Coup De Grâce (Album) Atlantic K 50833, K 50 833 UK & Europe 1981 Sell This Version
78 01151 Mink DeVille Where Angels Fear To Tread (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 78 01151 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
780 198-4 Mink De Ville* Each Song Is A Beat Of My Heart (MiniAlbum) Atlantic 780 198-4 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
825776-1 Mink DeVille Sportin' Life (Album) Polydor 825776-1 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
REPUK1209 Mink DeVille Live at Rockpalast 1978 & 1981(2xCD, Album + DVD, Album, Reg) Repertoire Records REPUK1209 UK 2014 Sell This Version
none Mink DeVille Live In Italy(2xLP, Album, W/Lbl, Whi) Not On Label none Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

5C 006-85351 Mink DeVille Little Girl / Cadillac Walk (Single) Capitol Records 5C 006-85351 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
1C 006-85 276 Mink DeVille Little Girl (Single) Capitol Records 1C 006-85 276 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
CL 15952 Mink DeVille Cadillac Walk / Can't Do Without You (Single) Capitol Records, EMI Music CL 15952 UK 1977 Sell This Version
10C 006-85.220 Mink DeVille Spanish Stroll (Single) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 10C 006-85.220 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
CL16005 Mink DeVille Just Your Friends (Single) Capitol Records CL16005 UK 1977 Sell This Version
10 C 006-085.602 Mink DeVille Soul Twist (Single) Capitol Records 10 C 006-085.602 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
P-4607 [PRO-8884] Mink DeVille Guardian Angel (Single) Capitol Records P-4607 [PRO-8884] US 1978 Sell This Version
2C 008 86106 Mink DeVille Bad Boy / Heaven Stood Still (Single) Capitol Records 2C 008 86106 France 1979 Sell This Version
P-4938 Mink DeVille Just To Walk That Little Girl Home(7", Promo, Mono) Capitol Records P-4938 US 1979 Sell This Version
CL 16134 Mink DeVille This Must Be The Night (Single) Capitol Records CL 16134 UK 1980 Sell This Version
1A 006-86172 Mink DeVille Mazurka (Single) Capitol Records 1A 006-86172 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
ATL 11 691 [LC 0121] Mink DeVille Love And Emotion (Single) Atlantic ATL 11 691 [LC 0121] Germany 1981 Sell This Version
3864 Mink DeVille You Better Move On (Single) Atlantic 3864 US 1981 Sell This Version
CP-656 Mink DeVille Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl(7", Single) Capitol Records CP-656 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
W11690 Mink DeVille Maybe Tomorrow (EP) Atlantic W11690 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
ATL 11.745 Mink DeVille Stand By Me(7", Single) Atlantic ATL 11.745 Belgium 1982 Sell This Version