Sunday, 3 June 2018

Mink De Ville - Le Chat Bleu (1980)


Released in 1980

Recorded in Paris and New York

After two excellent albums in 1977 and 1978, the sadly late Willy "Mink" De Ville, that strange fifties throwback member of the "new wave", was back in 1980 with this impressive third outing.With his fifties throwback looks, doo-wop and Latino influences both musically and lyrically, he was no Ramones, Talking Heads, Ian Dury or Elvis Costello, yet in many ways he was as much part of that scene. Gigging regularly at places like The Venue in London's Victoria and on mainland Europe he gained a loyal cult following.

Kicking off with the Springsteen-meets-Phil Spector feel of the wonderful "This Must Be The Night", we then get a classic piece of De Ville blues rock in "Savoir Faire" before the essence of The Drifters is bottled and released in "That World Outside". "Slow Drain" is a menacing, rhythmic piece of Latin groove and "You Just Keep Holding On" brings back more of the Latin street romance.

"Lipstick Traces" is another slice of upbeat blues rock and "Bad Boy" is a fifties style diner jukebox crooner. "Mazurka" is a proper Cajun tune, complete with accordion and "Heaven Stood Still" a closing piano and strings heartbreaker.

My personal highlight though, is the lovely "Just To Walk That Little Girl Home" another Drifters style slab of urban romance.

On this release you get bonus live material which show how good this line-up was. I was lucky enough to see them live several times in that era. I was never disappointed. 

Thanks Willy. RIP.


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