onsdag 20. april 2011

Mink DeVille - Spanish Stroll

The epitome of cool, "Spanish Stroll" off Mink DeVille's debutalbum (titled Cabretta in Europa and simply Mink DeVille in the US), is a timeless "street song", in the vein of Lou Reed or early Bruce Springsteen. I'll quote the magazine Trouser Press to further nail what the band was about:

On a good night in the New York underground around 1976 or 1977, the band led by Willy DeVille...could be the coolest cats on the scene. Willy dressed like a pimp and played a guitar covered in leopard skin; swagger and soulful strut was a brisk rejoinder to the sloppy punk and wimpy power pop bands they preceded and followed on stages. After the band was discovered, producer Jack Nitzsche got them on the lean, tough R&B beam for a first LP that sweats and smokes through and through as a classic of such fully and lovingly assimilated music should.


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