People Who Died (4:59)

Cover of Catholic Boy

From Catholic Boy and 8 other releases

Catholic Boy (1980) is an album by The Jim Carroll Band. Carroll was notable for publishing a 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’s who died before their time). The front cover photograph was taken by Annie Leibovitz.

“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 AV Club’s Undercover series, with lyrics paying tribute to their recently deceased singer, Oderus Urungus (aka Dave Brockie).

Jim Carroll – vocals
Brian Linsley – guitar
Stephen Linsley – bass
Terrell Winn – guitar
Wayne Woods – drums
Additional personnel:
Allen Lanier – keyboards on “Day and Night” & “I Want the Angel”
Bobby Keys – saxophone on “City Drops into the Night”
Amy Kanter – vocal on “Day and Night”
Sally, Hilary, Neon, Janet – backing vocals on “People Who Died”


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  • amberh23

    Two years too late to reply to this, but Tuff Turf was so awesome and Spader was a babe back then :)

    7 Jul 1:48am Reply
  • ruinedtwo

    Yes! Yes! Finally!!! :) Tuff Turf, baby! I wanted to be James Spader when I was a kid :)

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    and today on my 66th Birthday,i dedicate this track to those classmates of mine from St. George's School;Newport,RI~class of 1965, who no longer walk this earth road.they were all my friends when they died.i salute you my brothers!

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    seeing Jim and his magnificent band perform this live at San Francisco's MabuhayGardens numerous times 1979-82 was incredibly inspiring. the intensity that he displayed on stage was a thing to behold and long cherish. and now that he has gone, passed on before his time, i am sad but thankful that i was able to experience the great Jim Carroll when his flame burned oh so bright ~ OhYeah

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • chamberofhellos

    Solid tune!

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ShakeMePretty

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Amosccc12

    Tony couldn't fly, Tony died!

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    It sure beats Rikers.....til he got offed by the very same bikers.

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    I like it.......I LIKE IT.

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • zeldman

    This song will never die.

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ClydeConkey

    Drain-o? That is big-time!

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • fabbo_hannes


    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ArctorTroy

    they were all my friends, and they died!

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • luckylollyme

    I like this song, but I'm not sure what to think except these people who died, died a crazy death!!!

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • teenagejesus666

    you to Jim.

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Riff55

    I miss them, they died.

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • jmetzger

    we all die, die, some not soon enough....

    5 Feb 2010 Reply
  • aquahippie

    nice photo there greendreanz....been there done that,oh yeah,diggin' the tunes

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • keithster12

    He looked liked 65 when he died!

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • greendreamz

    26 reds and a bottle of wine....

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
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