Mink DeVille

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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 Borsey, Willy DeVille's original name), the band changed its name To Mink DeVille (and Borsey became Willy DeVille) in 1975 and became one of the housebands in the famous NY club CBGB. CBGB was the epicenter of NY punk - and other house bands such as Blondie, Television and Talking Heads got Mink DeVille categorized as part of the punk/new Wave underground to which they never belonged musically. Mink DeVille's music was built 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 a major influence on the development of the band's sound. Hearing the band live in its 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 broken up 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 band's best out of the six studio albums.

From 1986 Willy DeVille performed under his own name.

Key band 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"
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Albums

Mink DeVille - Cabretta album art Mink DeVille Cabretta (Album) Capitol Records Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Return To Magenta album art Mink DeVille Return To Magenta (Album) Capitol Records Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Le Chat Bleu album art Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Coup De Grâce album art Mink DeVille Coup De Grâce (Album) Atlantic UK 1981 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Where Angels Fear To Tread album art Mink DeVille Where Angels Fear To Tread (Album) Atlantic Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Each Song Is A Beat Of My Heart album art Mink De Ville* Each Song Is A Beat Of My Heart (MiniAlbum) Atlantic Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Sportin' Life album art Mink DeVille Sportin' Life (Album) Polydor Greece 1985 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Live At Montreux 1982 album art Mink DeVille Live At Montreux 1982 (Album) Eagle Vision, Montreux Sounds Europe 2008 Sell This Version
REPUK 1209 Mink DeVille - Live at Rockpalast 1978 & 1981 album art Mink DeVille Live at Rockpalast 1978 & 1981(2xCD, Album + DVD, Album, Reg) Repertoire Records REPUK 1209 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mink DeVille - Little Girl / Cadillac Walk album art Mink DeVille Little Girl / Cadillac Walk (Single) Capitol Records New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Little Girl album art Mink DeVille Little Girl (Single) Capitol Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Cadillac Walk  album art Mink DeVille Cadillac Walk (Single) Capitol Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Spanish Stroll album art Mink DeVille Spanish Stroll (Single) Capitol Records, Capitol Records Spain 1977 Sell This Version
SP 1027 Mink DeVille - One Way Street album art Mink DeVille One Way Street(12", Promo, Blu) Capitol Records SP 1027 France 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Soul Twist album art Mink DeVille Soul Twist (Single) Capitol Records Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Guardian Angel album art Mink DeVille Guardian Angel (Single) Capitol Records Canada 1978 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Just Your Friends album art Mink DeVille Just Your Friends (Single) Capitol Records New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Bad Boy / Heaven Stood Still album art Mink DeVille Bad Boy / Heaven Stood Still (Single) Capitol Records France 1979 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Just To Walk That Little Girl  Home album art Mink DeVille Just To Walk That Little Girl Home (Single) Capitol Records US 1979 Sell This Version
CP-352 Mink DeVille - This Must Be The Night / Savoir Faire album art Mink De Ville* This Must Be The Night / Savoir Faire(7", Single) Capitol Records CP-352 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - This Must Be The Night album art Mink DeVille This Must Be The Night (Single) Capitol Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Mazurka album art Mink DeVille Mazurka (Single) Capitol Records Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Love And Emotion album art Mink DeVille Love And Emotion (Single) Atlantic Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - You Better Move On album art Mink DeVille You Better Move On (Single) Atlantic US 1981 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille - Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl album art Mink DeVille Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl (Single) Capitol Records US 1977 Sell This Version