>What you think I am – a fucking jukebox?

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I once worked with a guy (that’s him on the left…) who (I thought) was the spitting image of Willy DeVille.

I meant it as a compliment, but I don’t really think he took it as such.

Even less so someone else’s assessment that he bore a striking resemblance to Lucky Luke.

Klaus came to me with the reputation of being “difficult” (people used to roll their eyes at the mere mention of his name, and I got words of sympathy when he moved into my organisation), but I guess “like poles attract”, because we got on famously.

Willy DeVille fits that mould.

At the first concert I saw, people were yelling for “Hey Joe” – his strongly Mexican-influenced take of Jimi’s original.

“Do you see a fucking Mariachi band anywhere here on the fucking stage?” he asked.

Shut them right up.

Saw him again and again and again
“What you think I am – a fucking jukebox?” he’d say when people annoyed him with their constant yelling of requests.

“You know, you have to understand” he said at one his last concerts in Germany “I’m an artist, I’m not a pop singer. I don’t write for 12-year olds”
“People come to see me because they come to see something different. That’s all”
And that in the laconic drawl that you hear on “Southern Politician“. Lyrics here.

A bit like Lucky Luke, probably…

He died last week and it made me quite sad.

It also pissed me off mightily, in fact.
His concerts were ALWAYS choice and ALWAYS a good place to bump into my mate Martin Kijaszek aka Billy Crash.

Last time we saw him (at the Schlachthof in Wiesbaden) Martin wrote and said “That was REAL music”

That’s for sure.

Definitely not for 12 year olds….

So here’s a recording of the concert on 6 March 2008 in the Muffathalle in Munich

Willy DeVille in concert (courtesy of Bayern 2 Radio) – 55 minutes/123 MB
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