I loved this man with my whole heart. I was a phenom basketball player and former catholic boy who got messed up by rock and roll and realized there was more to live for. I saw Jim at the Cleveland Agora when he was touring for his first LP. We where in the front row and we he did "Catholic Boy" I got up close and did the priest sign of the cross right in his face. He lost his shit and stopped singing and high fived me. Awesome moment! Rest in peace man. Together we are gonna take it to the hoop at Rucker Park!
I saw the Jim Carrol Band once, at a press thing when the first album came out.. Trax, I think. Keith Richards played on "People Who Died."Sad news indeed...
I saw Jim Carrol in the summer of '81 at a little club called The Thunderbird in Tyngsborough, Mass. My best friend had died the year before in a drug-related accident. Iwas right up front and Jim leaned down with the mic and I sang the chorus of this song with him. It was one of the most cathartic experience of my life. Rest in Peace Jim.
What a talent he was. "Catholic Boy" was a landmark punk CD and will always be one of my favorites. And remember commenters, it is 2 R's and 2 L's.
Mr Simels,Clearly you are important. Thank you for pointing that out. I thought that the post was about Jim Carroll. I must have been wrong
Steve:I bought "Catholic Boy" on the basis of your rave review in The Mag Formerly Etc. and it became a fixture at my high school in our car stereo tape rotation for many months. Somehow it fit in to our simultaneous discovery of William Burroughs and Leonard Cohen. I remember being surprised at how well his non-melodic talking-singing worked, even on slow stuff like Day and Night. Rest in peace, Jim.Oh, and Mr. Anonymous: go Rest In Peace yourself, already.
I was lucky enough to see him in concert once in the 80s. Great show, great energy, great time.
Ditto to Dutch. Steve Simels turned me on to so much good music with his Stereo Review critiques in the 70s/80s including Jim Carrol's woefully underappreciated first album.RIP Jim CarrolRIP Stereo ReviewStick around, Steve.
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