Mink DeVille ‎– Italian Shoes (US Promo 12″)

Before festive distraction get in the way!

This was released in 1985 from a band I’ve not featured before but had legendary status on the American alt. rock scene. Formed in 1975 they became a houseband in the famous NY club CBGB, that became the epicentre of NY punk – the other house bands being Blondie, Television and Talking Heads. This got them categorized as part of the punk/new Wave underground scene which they never belonged to musically but they became massive in Europe.

This was released in 1985 and apparently is an uncredited cover version of “New Suit” by funk/soul band The Wild Magnolia’s from 1975. Produced by their main man, the late Willy Deville with Duncan Cameron. It has that mid 80’s production values with plenty of drums, brassy hooks and orchestra samples.Very smooth if the 12″ is a little bit drawn out.

In contrast the bluesy and rawer B-side, “Pride And Joy” is more like their original sound.


Atlantic ‎– DMD 921mink

A Italian Shoes (Vocal/Extended Version) 6:07
B1 Italian Shoes (Vocal/Edited Version) 3:28
B2 Pride And Joy 3:29

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