Catholic Boy

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Catholic Boy
Catholic Boy (The Jim Carroll Band album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 3, 1980
RecordedJune - August 1979
GenreNew wave, punk rock
ProducerEarl McGrath, Bob Clearmountain
The Jim Carroll Band chronology
Catholic Boy
Dry Dreams
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]

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.

Cover versions[edit]

"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), Fang on the album Here Come The Cops (2012), 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).

"Catholic Boy" was played by Jim Carroll with Pearl Jam as backing band on the sound track of the 1995 film The Basketball Diaries.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wicked Gravity" (Jim Carroll) – 4:56
  2. "Three Sisters" (Carroll, Terrell Winn) – 3:19
  3. "Day and Night" (Carroll, Allen Lanier) – 2:22
  4. "Nothing Is True" (Carroll, Brian Linsley) – 3:29
  5. "People Who Died" (Carroll, Brian Linsley, Stephen Linsley, Terrell Winn, Wayne Woods) – 4:59
  6. "City Drops into the Night" (Carroll, Stephen Linsley, Brian Linsley) – 7:23
  7. "Crow" (Carroll, Terrell Winn) – 3:02
  8. "It's Too Late" (Carroll, Wayne Woods) – 3:04
  9. "I Want the Angel" (Carroll, Brian Linsley) – 2:49
  10. "Catholic Boy" (Carroll) – 3:03


Jim Carroll Band
  • Jim Carroll – vocals
  • Brian Linsley – guitar
  • Stephen Linsley – bass
  • Terrell Winn – guitar
  • Wayne Woods – drums
Additional personnel
  • Allen Lanierkeyboards on "Day and Night" & "I Want the Angel"
  • Bobby Keyssaxophone on "City Drops into the Night"
  • Amy Kanter – vocal on "Day and Night"
  • Sally, Hilary, Neon, Janet, The Jim Carroll Band – backing vocals on "People Who Died"

"Special thanks to Allen Lanier, Suzanne del Regno, Art Collins, The Zen Center (San Francisco), Terry Bromberg and Earl McGrath"



Chart (1981) Peak
Billboard Hot 100 73


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Catholic Boy – Jim Carroll / Jim Carroll Band". AllMusic. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "The Jim Carroll Band: Catholic Boy". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (February 5, 1981). "Jim Carroll: Catholic Boy". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 1, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  4. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). "The Jim Carroll Band". The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-679-73729-4.
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