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Just Another Tough'n'Tender Street Poet Outta New Yawk

Interview by Miles, New Musical Express, 13 August 1977

Now Spanish music plays in my hallway And the wind blows through my door And my mind is out on the corner And my eyes ...

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Willy DeVille (1977)

Interview by Radio Pete, Rock's Backpages audio, 25 May 1977

The Mink DeVille frontman recalls his time in Colorado; his friendship with producer Jack Nitzsche and the making of debut album Cabretta; his East Coast youth; the meaning of the word "punk"; creepy New York scenesters; his adaptation of the Crystals' 'Little Girl'... and his dislike of the CBGB's scene.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.5mb, interview length: 59' 52" sound quality: ** (phoner)

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Various Artists: Live At CBGB's/Max's Kansas City 1976

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 27 November 1976

YOU KNOW what these albums remind me of: The This Is Mersey Beat collections that Oriole put out after the first wave of Liverpool bands had gotten ...

Various Artists: Live At CBGB's (CBGB 315)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, December 1976


Mink DeVille: Loeb Student Center, NYC/Eddie & the Hot Rods: Capitol, New Jersey

Live Review by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, February 1977

DOES ANYBODY out there remember John Hammond? He was born the son of a Very Big Man in the record business but it has never ...

Mink DeVille: Mink DeVille

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 21 May 1977

THE WORD from over there was that Mink De Ville were probably the tightest and best musically organised outfit in the whole of the C.B.G.B.'s ...

Willy DeVille (1977) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Radio Pete, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 25 May 1977

This is a transcript of Radio Pete's phone conversation with the Mink DeVille frontman. Listen to the audio interview. ...

Mink DeVille: Cabretta

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 4 June 1977

LET'S START with some questions this time, alright? ...

Willie the Mink: Street Elite, Just Cruisin’ on the Neat Beat

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 23 July 1977

Mink DeVille: Bottom Line, NYC ...

Mink DeVille: Cabretta

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, August 1977

ALONG WITH THE New Wave, there seems to be a related roots discovery phenomenon taking place: the full scale re-examination of mid-'60s pop R&B that ...

Willie Deville's Organic Street Rock (the James Brown knee drops are killers)

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, August 1977

MINK DEVILLE is a five man band whose guitarist, main writer, vocalist, and overriding consciousness is one Mr. Willy DeVille. Willy possesses that rare combination ...

Styx, Mink DeVille: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 15 August 1977

Versatile Styx Impresses the Fans ...

Mink DeVille

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, October 1977

THERE'S OVER 1,000 people from kids to hall staff grinning, swaying, dancing and screaming with delight at the stage on which Mink DeVille are playing ...

Mink DeVille: Slick Fur Fury

Interview by Howie Klein, Creem, October 1977

"MINK PIE, how's that!" challenged Willie, whose darkly silent, sinewy presence dominated the dimly-lit cold-water flat in Oakland. The band had been up speeding for ...

Mink DeVille, Tyla Gang: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 1 October 1977

Nobody does it better ...

Willy DeVille: Tough But Tender

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 1 October 1977

SANDY ROBERTSON meets Willy DeVille and they discuss intellect versus emotion, James Cagney, Kim Fowley, The Belfast Gypsies, Tom Courtenay, James Dean, toughness, sensitivity, street ...

New York Lights Up With Soggy Matches!

Overview by Robert Duncan, Creem, November 1977

A Consumer Guide To Rock's Last Drag by Robert Drizzle Duncan ...

Mink Deville: Return To Magenta

Review by Ben Edmonds, Sounds, 13 May 1978

(Ben Edmonds, a former CREEM editor in Detroit, signed Mink DeVille to Capitol when he worked for that label in 1976. He now resides in ...

Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Mink DeVille, Nick Lowe: The Orpheum, Boston MA

Live Review by Ariel Swartley, Rolling Stone, 29 June 1978

Costello wins his game of risk ...

Bruce Springsteen: Darkness On The Edge Of Town; Mink DeVille: Return To Magenta

Review by John Tobler, ZigZag, July 1978

THE RETURN of the street people, which should be a good thing. First, Springsteen, whose scenario of misfortune has been so well publicised that there's ...

Willy DeVille: Sacked!

Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 17 November 1979

Wille Deville in "services no longer required" shock! ...

Mink DeVille: The Venue, London

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 5 July 1980

"FROM THE streets of New York City..." went the opening announcement, and Willy DeVille's new crew kicked off their late-starting second show of the evening ...

Black Uhuru, Mink De Ville, The Undertones: Roackpalast, Essen, West Germany

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 24 October 1981

THESE BIENNIAL all-night Rockpalast bloat-ons are comically close to the idea of a festival mentality geared to Germanic efficiency: You vill be entertained! The groups ...

A Son-of-a-bitch Interview with Willy DeVillle

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 31 October 1981

Richard Cook gets threatened by a real life American rock 'n' roll star. "oh, there ain't nothing that I wouldn't doJust to walk that ...

Willy De Ville: Loup Garou

Review by Rob Steen, MOJO, February 1996

IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE A one-hit wonder, you might as well serve up a concoction as delicious as ‘Spanish Stroll’: Lou Reed goes finger-poppin' ...

Mink DeVille: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Sleeve notes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Music, 13 May 2008

PEOPLE TALK. When they talk about the music of Willy DeVille, they say things like "DeVille's talents transcend all trends. He fuses blues, rock and ...

see also Willy DeVille


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