He did not play any benefit concerts or recordings for the nightclub. During his thirty-five year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later… read more Album Cabretta. I met Rubén at a basement jam in San Francisco, and he liked everything I liked from The Drifters to, uh, Fritz Lang. [4] He told Music Street Journal: "The whole band only got $50 dollars a night, even to the end. Said DeVille, "We were sitting around talking of names, and some of them were really rude, and I was saying, guys we can't do that. DeVille also spent time in New Orleans and recorded his "Victory Mixture" album with Dr. John, Eddie Bo, Allen Toussaint and others. He is recording a new album for Atlantic records, having departed from his previous recording commitment under less than amicable circumstances. he said. [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. 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. I've never walked through those doors other than to have maybe a beer once. 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. Nitzsche would, in alternation with Steve Douglas, produce the first four Mink DeVille albums. Associated Press We weren't ready to make great rock and roll records. FACEBOOK 'When do we start?' Finally I got a new recording contract, with Atlantic, and a new manager. As well, musicians who played in The Mink DeVille Band sometimes played on Mink DeVille and Willy DeVille albums. The only stuff we were doing that people had heard was 'Please, Please, Please' by James Brown. We played the Barracks. 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. "We were Billy de Sade and the Marquis then. [7], The Rolling Stone Critic's Poll ranked Le Chat Bleu the fifth best album of 1980,[24] and music historian Glenn A. Baker declared it the tenth best rock album of all time. In 1985, "Sportin' Life" featured the European hit song "Italian Shoes.". We played for three years ... [D]uring that time we didn't get paid more than fifty bucks a night", DeVille said. "We auditioned along with hundreds of others, but they liked us and took us on. 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. I didn't get Jack Nitzsche. Critic Robert Palmer wrote, "Mr. DeVille is a magnetic performer, but his macho stage presence camouflages an acute musical intelligence; his songs and arrangements are rich in ethnic rhythms and blues echoes, the most disparate stylistic references, yet they flow seamlessly and hang together solidly. Nitzsche said about DeVille, "We hit it off right away. Willy DeVille (born William Paul Borsey Jr., August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter.During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later on his own, Deville created original songs rooted in traditional American musical styles. For this album, DeVille wrote several songs with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Doc Pomus. 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. Album Le Chat Bleu. Nitzsche produced and arranged the first two Mink DeVille records for Capitol -- Cabretta (1977) and Return to Magenta (1978). DeVille recorded two albums for Atlantic, 1981's Coup de Grâce (produced by Jack Nitzsche) and 1983's Where Angels Fear to Tread. I've got Phil Spector's horn player, Steve Douglas (who also served as producer), on tenor and baritone. And yeah, I had drug problems. "I convinced the guys that I could get them work, and we climbed in the van and drove back the other way. The host for the episode is Robert Urich, and the musical guest is Mink DeVille. "[22], Willy DeVille hired Jean Claude Petit to supervise string arrangements, and he dismissed the members of the band except for guitarist Louis X. Erlanger in favor of new musicians, including accordionist Kenny Margolis. [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. Doc (Pomus) was elated when he heard it. Elvis Presley's rhythm section, Ron Tutt and Jerry Scheff, want to play with me. I cleaned up my act. The group was a showcase for frontman Willy DeVille (born William… 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. 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. 20 on the UK Singles Chart; it was to be DeVille's only record ever to chart in the UK. All that really cool stuff".[4]. "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. [16], There was the Ramones, Patti Smith, Television, the Talking Heads, and us. Welcome to the official website of singer/songwriter Willy DeVille. [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. 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). As recorded by Mink Deville, album 'Late Night Tales: Fatboy Slim'. 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. The band's 1978 follow-up album Return to Magenta continued in the same vein as Cabretta, but with a twist. Then one of the guys said how about Mink DeVille? [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. [20] Cabretta was elected number 57 in the Village Voice's 1977 end-of-the-year Pazz & Jop critics poll.[21]. It was followed by the album "Return to Magenta. But where Patti Smith was being produced by John Cale, Willy DeVille was hanging out with Doc Pomus and Jack Nitzsche -- both of whom he wrote with. Wrote Allmusic: "Its sound is steeped in mid-'80s studio gloss and compression that often overwhelms quality material. [2] On the catchy "Spanish Stroll", bassist Rubén Sigüenza spoke words in Spanish during the break ("Hey Rosita! 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). Spanish Stroll Lyrics. 254. [23] Said percussionist Boris Kinberg, "Capitol in the U.S. didn't know what to do with it because they perceived Willy as this punk rocker from CBGBs and he came back from Paris with a very different kind of record. Unlike Television, the Ramones, or Blondie, at heart Mink DeVille was an R&B band, and Willy an old-fashioned soul singer. Youtube; Slow Drain Mink DeVille. Albums include No Thanks! "[32], After Sportin' Life, DeVille dropped the "Mink" moniker and began recording under his own name. Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (Cabretta and Return to Magenta). In the beginning I saw Mink DeVille as a hard-edged rock and roll band, and I wanted the Nitzsche who'd produced "Memo from Turner" (off the Performance soundtrack) and the great first Crazy Horse album ... 'How did you ever get Jack Nitzsche?' 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. Crazy! They released it immediately in Europe and everybody loved it. Dr. John played keyboards and, once again, Douglas played saxophone. AdChoices The band with me was a dream come true. 3 in the Netherlands. He added, "Pushed to center stage, DeVille delivers, singing with more passion and more personality than ever before. Willy DeVille, a singer and songwriter and the leader of the group Mink DeVille, whose adventurous forays into rhythm and blues, Cajun music and … Wow! I can put you in touch with him.' "[4] DeVille also remarked about the name, "What could be more pimp than a mink Cadillac? You never were fair to me.'"[15]. 26-apr-2016 - Bekijk het bord "Willy DeVille - Mink DeVille" van Gerd Quirijnen op Pinterest. For this album, DeVille penned two more songs with Doc Pomus ("Something Beautiful Dying" and "When You Walk My Way"). And that was the whole of it, plain and simple. '"[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. DeVille Little Miss Tragedy is so misunderstood She can hear you sniff a whip of a bad drugs a hundred yards away A punk is somebody who picks a fight with you and then never shows up. I called him my mentor and my tormentor. 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. [16], Cabretta, a multifaceted album of soul, R&B, rock, and blues recordings, is generally regarded as one of the best debut albums by a new band of the mid-1970s. "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.' Buckwheat performs with his backup singers, Da Dupreems. The tightest black suit clung to his thin frame; he wore a purple shirt, a narrow black tie and shoes with six-inch points. We just fell in love with each other. Mink DeVille discography and songs: Music profile for Mink DeVille, formed 1974. He bought me a beer and it got around to 'Would you like to come back?' AP 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. I didn't even know who Nitzsche was. They had him. "[4] Guitarist Fast Floyd and keyboard player Ritch Colbert arrived in New York City several months later. Wrote critic Thom Jurek about these albums: (Both) are truly solid albums—despite lukewarm reviews at the time—showcasing much of Willy's theatrical personality and his own desire to provide for the elements of fantasy in rock music that the early rockers and doo-woppers did in the 1950s and 1960s (and that Piaf and Brel did in France). Springsteen sounded like he was your friend in desperate times. The song "Italian Shoes" was a hit in some European countries,[30] but some critics thought the album was overproduced. "[2] On Return to Magenta, Willy DeVille and producers Nitzsche and Steve Douglas employed lavish string arrangements on several songs. 'No, it's gotta be something slick—something sorta French, somethin' sorta black ... poetry. In an impressionistic sort of way. We used to do an Apollo thing. 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 sad truth is that it took one phone call, and even that was sheer luck—or maybe divine providence. Slow Drain Lyrics. Nitzsche did all the Phil Spector stuff that we grew up with and loved. "[2] Willy DeVille occasionally sat in with the band Lazy Ace, which included Allen Jr. on drums and Ritch Colbert on piano. This issue of Creem shows a picture of DeVille driving a car with what looks to be mink on the dashboard.[3]. DeVille sounded like he couldn't quite decide whether to serenade you or pull a knife on you. The voice of Willy DeVille did. "[1], Mink DeVille was formed in 1974 when singer Willy DeVille (then called Billy Borsay) met drummer Thomas R. "Manfred" Allen, Jr. and bassist Rubén Sigüenza in San Francisco. And then one night this blond-headed guy came in to CBGB, Ben Edmonds. , Helpful. In 1977, the band recorded "Cabretta," a rock and roll/rhythm and blues album with renowned producer Jack Nitzsche. 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. A Pompadour jutted out above his forehead like the lacquered hull of a submarine. Genres: Pop Rock, Pub Rock, Rock. The Oscar-nominated songwriter died at New York's Cabrini Hospital on Thursday of pancreatic cancer, said Carol Kaye at Kayos Productions. They're professional, precise, but they're full of fire, too.[28]. "Throughout his career, his musical gumbo was always layered with his deliciously gravelly soul-drenched vocals," Kaye said. In 1979, Willy DeVille's love of art and French culture led him to relocate to Paris for a short while. I was down in New Orleans and I came up here, kind of going down Memory Lane so to speak. That's why I never went back there. [10], Mink DeVille recorded their debut album Cabretta (entitled Mink DeVille in the U.S.), produced by Jack Nitzsche, in January 1977. 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). Not to mention Jean-Claude doing the strings. Mink ... MINK DE VILLE!' "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. Mink DeVille, for which DeVille was the principal songwriter, was billed as one of the most original groups on the New York punk scene after an appearance at the legendary CBGB club in Greenwich Village in the 1970s. His "Storybook Love," featured in the 1987 movie "The Princess Bride," was nominated for an Academy Award. After a while they would take their clothes off. With Robert Urich, Robin Duke, Christine Ebersole, Mary Gross. I still feel guilty about it, but we were just a good bar band. I'm in the book," Doc hollered before rolling away (in his wheelchair). The exposure eventually led to a record contract. "[5] Another story about the Mink DeVille name says that it originated with Fast Floyd, who owned an old Cadillac with a cracked dashboard. Style: Blues Rock. I put on a live recording and after the first song, the band's version of Otis Redding's 'These Arms of Mine,' Nitzsche motioned for me to stop the tape. '"[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. Donde vas con mi carro Rosita? To cover the cracks, Fast Floyd glued an old mink coat he had purchased at a thrift store to the dashboard. 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. 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. [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. 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