Catholic Boy (1980) is the debut album by The Jim Carroll Band, led by Jim Carroll who is notable for publishing the 1978 memoir The Basketball Diaries, and poetry collections including Living at the Movies. It spawned two FM hits, "It's Too Late" and "People Who Died" (about friends of the singer who died before their time). The front cover photograph was taken by Annie Leibovitz.
|Studio album by The Jim Carroll Band|
|Released||January 3, 1980|
|Recorded||June - August 1979|
|Genre||New wave, punk rock|
|Producer||Earl McGrath, Bob Clearmountain|
|The Jim Carroll Band chronology|
|Creem||(not rated) |
|Robert Christgau||B+ |
"Special thanks to Allen Lanier, Suzanne del Regno, Art Collins, The Zen Center (San Francisco), Terry Bromberg and Earl McGrath"
|Billboard Hot 100||73|
"People Who Died" has been covered multiple times: John Cale on the album Antártida (1995), Drive-By Truckers on the live album Alabama Ass Whuppin' (2000), Lordz of Brooklyn on the album The Brooklyn Way (2006), and Willie Nile on the album American Ride (2013). In 2014, Gwar appended a version of "People Who Died" onto their cover of the Pet Shop Boys song "West End Girls" for The A.V. Club's Undercover series, with lyrics paying tribute to their recently deceased singer, Oderus Urungus (aka Dave Brockie).