Archive | Feb 05, 2017

Certain Songs #781: The Jim Carroll Band – “People Who Died”

Album: Catholic Boy
Year: 1980

Jim Carroll’s Catholic Boy was a weird weird beast. While it had some of the power and drive of (and couldn’t have existed without) punk rock, Carroll clearly had nothing to do with punk rock or new wave.

He was more like Tonio K, a singer-songwriter who seemed to like the fact that punky energy might draw attention to the stories he wanted to tell. And since he was originally a poet, there’s also a Patti Smith comparison, of course, though you never got the sense that he was looking for transcendence in music like she was.