Willy DeVille: A Little Bit Closer - JazzWax

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May 20, 2011


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Douglas Payne

Willy DeVille also contributed three pretty cool nearly Zappa-like songs to the 1980 soundtrack of William Friedkin's film CRUISING, including the groovy disco/rock single "Heat of the Moment" as well as "Pullin' My String" and "It's So Easy," which Quentin Tarantino used again for the soundtrack to his film "Death Proof." On YouTube:

"Heat of the Moment" (http://youtu.be/qO_PqoL-Fzc)

"Pullin' My String" (http://youtu.be/-gXAgcr95uo)

"It's So Easy" (http://youtu.be/ipmoDQFv-Zk)

Gerry Hill

Thanks for writing about him. All of his stuff is great, truly, and his passing is a real loss. One of the best concerts I ever saw featured Mink DeVille sandwiched between Nick Lowe and Rockpile and Elvis Costello and the Attractions (Palladium, NYC, 1978)--as strong as those two acts were, Mink DeVille was probably stronger.

Among his solo efforts, readers should also check out "Live in Berlin"--it's fantastic.

Gerry Hill (faithful Jazzwax reader!)

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