Mink DeVille

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 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"
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Mink DeVille Discography

Albums

Mink DeVille Cabretta (Album) Capitol Records Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Return To Magenta (Album) Capitol Records Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Coup De Grâce (Album) Atlantic UK 1981 Sell This Version
Mink De Ville* Each Song Is A Beat Of My Heart (MiniAlbum) Atlantic Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Sportin' Life (Album) Polydor Greece 1985 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Where Angels Fear To Tread (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic Canada 1983 Sell This Version
REPUK1209 Mink DeVille Live at Rockpalast 1978 & 1981(2xCD, Album + DVD, Album, Reg) Repertoire Records REPUK1209 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mink DeVille Little Girl / Cadillac Walk (Single) Capitol Records Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Little Girl (Single) Capitol Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Cadillac Walk / Can't Do Without You (Single) Capitol Records, EMI Music UK 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Spanish Stroll (Single) Capitol Records, Capitol Records Spain 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Just Your Friends (Single) Capitol Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Soul Twist (Single) Capitol Records Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Guardian Angel (Single) Capitol Records Canada 1978 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Bad Boy / Heaven Stood Still (Single) Capitol Records France 1979 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Just To Walk That Little Girl Home (Single) Capitol Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille This Must Be The Night (Single) Capitol Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Mazurka (Single) Capitol Records Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Love And Emotion (Single) Atlantic Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille You Better Move On (Single) Atlantic US 1981 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl (Single) Capitol Records US 1977 Sell This Version
LS-589 Mink DeVille Just give me one good reason/End of the lind(7", Single) Liberation Records LS-589 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Mink DeVille Maybe Tomorrow (EP) Atlantic Italy 1981 Sell This Version
ATL 11.745 Mink DeVille Stand By Me(7", Single) Atlantic ATL 11.745 Belgium 1982 Sell This Version