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. The band recorded six albums in the years 1977 to 1985. Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (Cabretta and Return to Magenta). For the remaining albums and for tours, Willy DeVille assembled musicians to play under the name Mink DeVille.
Mink DeVille’s last album, Sportin’ Life, was recorded for Polydor in 1985. For this album, DeVille penned two songs with Doc Pomus (“Something Beautiful Dying” and “When You Walk My Way”). The album was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and DeVille and Duncan Cameron producing. The song “Italian Shoes” was a hit in some European countries,but some critics thought the album was overproduced. However, David Wild of Rolling Stone praised Sportin’ Life, calling it “[t]he most modern, polished sound of (Willy DeVille’s) career.” He added, “Pushed to center stage, DeVille delivers, singing with more passion and more personality than ever before.”
Italian Shoes 3:28
Pride And Joy 3:29
Italian Shoes (New York Remix) 6:07