Friday, November 3, 2017

Obscure Music Friday: The Jim Carroll Band


Jim Carroll, a writer probably best know for his terrific memoir, The Basketball Diaries, was also a rock musician on and off. "People Who Died", the song linked to here, is remarkable and the best thing he ever did as a musician. In my view, it is a classic. It never fails to send a chill down my spine.

The video here is from his first--and best--album, "Catholic Boy". I debated whether to use that video, which has the crisp album version, or this messier live version with Lou Reed. Both are great.

Mary took a dry dive from a hotel room
Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs
Judy jumped in front of a subway train
Eddie got slit in the jugular vein
And Eddie, I miss you more than all the others,
This song is for you my brother


Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

Wow.

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