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He wrote sarcastically about the album, "Goils — they break your heart, run off with your coke, mess up your drug deals, and take your count when you go to the blood bank.
Steve was co-producing the album and had invited Ronnie Tutt to play drums.
Hepworth described the album as "patchier than anything [De Ville's] done before but the delights are nothing if not delightful".
Critic Robert Christgau, who had previously called De Ville "the songpoet of greaser nostalgia," did not care for Le Chat Bleu.
It was clear that Willy had realized his fantasy of a new, completely contemporary Brill Building record.
To the symphonic sweetness of the Drifters he added his own Gallic romance and, in his vocal, a measure of punk rock's Bowery grit. Thinking they'd signed a new wave band, Capitol didn't know what to do with Willy's rock and roll chanson and shelved it for a year.
Which is a shame, because it's one of the year's most impressive discs.