|Studio album by|
|Released||January 3, 1980|
|Recorded||June - August 1979|
|Genre||New wave, punk rock|
|Producer||Earl McGrath, Bob Clearmountain|
|The Jim Carroll Band chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
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.
"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).
- "Wicked Gravity" (Jim Carroll) – 4:56
- "Three Sisters" (Carroll, Terrell Winn) – 3:19
- "Day and Night" (Carroll, Allen Lanier) – 2:22
- "Nothing Is True" (Carroll, Brian Linsley) – 3:29
- "People Who Died" (Carroll, Brian Linsley, Stephen Linsley, Terrell Winn, Wayne Woods) – 4:59
- "City Drops into the Night" (Carroll, Stephen Linsley, Brian Linsley) – 7:23
- "Crow" (Carroll, Terrell Winn) – 3:02
- "It's Too Late" (Carroll, Wayne Woods) – 3:04
- "I Want the Angel" (Carroll, Brian Linsley) – 2:49
- "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 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, The Jim Carroll Band – backing vocals on "People Who Died"
- Bob Clearmountain - engineer, co-production
- Jason Corsaro, Jeffrey Norman - assistant engineers
- Annie Leibovitz, Earl McGrath, Sandi Young - art direction
"Special thanks to Allen Lanier, Suzanne del Regno, Art Collins, The Zen Center (San Francisco), Terry Bromberg and Earl McGrath"
|Billboard Hot 100||73|
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