Video: Mellencamp Covers Mink DeVille


Dynamic version of “She’s
So Tough” performed onstage last week by JM. Also check out a ’78 video of Mink
DeVille themselves.


By Fred Mills


Raise your hand if you saw Mink Deville back in the day.


One of the most dynamic, if oftentimes underappreciated,
performers to emerge during the punk and new wave era, frontman Willy DeVille
continued to perform, often in Europe, until the end of his life, which was
cruelly cut short in 2009 by pancreatic cancer.


Last week, John Mellencamp paid tribute to the late,
great singer onstage in Lowell,
Mass., with a swaggering,
swinging cover of Mink DeVille
classic “She’s So Tough.” Check out the video
clip, below – it’s absolutely inspiring. After that you can see a great clip of
Willy himself doing it with his band – and a killer band they were: Louie X. Erlanger, guitar; Ruben Siquenza,
bass; Tommy Price, drums; George Cureau, keyboards; David Leathers, sax – all
the way back in 1978, from a German broadcast. What’s fascinating is how, when
you compare the two versions, how uncannily similar both Willy and John’s
vocals are.


Thanks, John, for reviving the memories.



Leave a Reply