Thursday, January 14, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Mink DeVille
Album:Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection
Though Mink DeVille came out of the New York punk rock scene, they weren't a punk rock band. Group leader Willy DeVille (born William Borsey Jr. Aug. 25, 1950 in Stamford, CT) was more interested the roots of American music. That's why the music still sounds great today though at the time Mink DeVille was more of a cult band. Mink DeVille began when DeVille was living in Oakland, CA in 1974 and met drummer Manfred Allen and bassist Ruben Siguenza. An ad in the Village Voice led DeVille back to New York and they became the house band at CBGB in 1975. A couple of the band member didn't make the trip to New York and guitarist Louis X. Erlanger and keyboard player Bobby Leonards joined the band. CBGB was usually a punk music club but Mink DeVille was more of an R & B band. And after getting a lot of critical acclaim, Mink DeVille signed with Capitol Records. Spanish Stroll is from their 1977 debut album Cabretta. DeVille wrote all the songs and the album was produced by the legendary Jack Nitzsche. Though their music was critically acclaimed, the albums didn't sell and they split up and DeVille moved Mink DeVille from Capitol to Atlantic in 1981. This comp covering the Capitol years was originally released as an import in 2001 but Capitol released it domestically in 2007. Deville continued to record as Mink DeVille until 1985 and had a long solo career until his death on Aug. 6, 2009 at age 58. Here's Mink DeVille performing Spanish Stroll 1977.