boardman Tony Kaye (ex-Yes) and bassist Bobby Pickett were damn good, but the double-jointed pseudo-mimetic/kung fu posturing of black-leather-clad singer Michael Des Barres was obnoxious. Detective will probably become stars in spite of themselves, though, if only for their sonic resemblance to Led Zeppelin.
Speaking of the Zep, they did not show up for Mink De Ville’s opening night at Trax, despite thick and fast rumors and the presence of virtually their entire label staff in the audience. It didn’t matter though; Mink De Ville were sensational enough. This band is living proof that the 60’s are alive; their sound is a crossbreed of Lou Reed, the Drifters, Righteous Brothers, Chicago blues, 50’s doo-wop, street corner harmonies, and searing 70’s rock’n’roll. They sorta remind you of the Stones circa “Mona” and “Little Red Rooster” –definitely a Cadillac among rock’n’roll bands.
The last Mink DeVille show at Trax had among the guests, Mick (shlopped again) Jagger, Michelle Phillips, and Steven Stills telling Willie DeVille, “I even went out and bought your album.”
In the audience for Valerie Carter at the Bottom Line: Mick you-know-who, Phoebe Snow, and John Sebastian.
Casting was held at MCA-Universal here for the film version of “The Wiz,” and Michael Jackson and Diana Ross won lead roles.
In the studio: those zany Sparks brothers, cutting a new single for Columbia; Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire; and–at long last a free man–Bruce Springsteen (“The Boss” is sitting on at least 20 new songs).
That single on Epic by “Suzy and the Redstripes” is actually a single on Epic by Linda McCartney & friends. Could there be truth to the rumor that McCartney and Wings will sign with Columbia when their Capitol contract is up in the near future? Linda, by the way, is