My favorite song of the 90's...well one anyways
June 16, 2007 3:50 PM   Subscribe

The bands I wish could have covered or can cover this fantasic song In no particular order: Sex Pistols The Ramones (altho the song is very longish for them...RIP Joey) Johnny Cash Nirvana The Clash Jim does a great's his song and the studio version FAr ourranks the live stuff. Just some nostalgic sht...
posted by shockingbluamp (24 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: I don't get it, this is a one-link post to a jim carrol video? -- jessamyn

I f'd up the post...i don't know what i'm doing but u get the point.
posted by shockingbluamp at 3:56 PM on June 16, 2007 [3 favorites]

Even more nostalgic than you think -- it's from the eighties (and sounds downright seventies to me).
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:15 PM on June 16, 2007

well, that's one reason you never want to be introduced to jim carroll ... his friends die a lot
posted by pyramid termite at 4:22 PM on June 16, 2007

Thats a great song. Drive By Truckers do a pretty good live version.
posted by Sailormom at 4:27 PM on June 16, 2007 [1 favorite]

i don't know what i'm doing but u get the point

no dood i rly don't
posted by bardic at 4:34 PM on June 16, 2007

I think it was the 90' I wrong? The band DOES look 80's I admit...
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:35 PM on June 16, 2007

Seconding Sailormom; the Truckers' version rocks my socks off.
posted by Rangeboy at 4:38 PM on June 16, 2007

Getting dead and being a friend of Jim Carroll....could be worse.. I could die and be a freind of John Waters...that would suck gravy...
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:38 PM on June 16, 2007

good song but I can't help but laugh.

Every time he gets to "-by the very same bikers!!" I just lose it. As if it was going to be another group of random bikers!!

I'm sorry but one or two friends dying is tragedy. Forty is a Monty Python sketch.
posted by drjimmy11 at 5:06 PM on June 16, 2007 [1 favorite]

I remember hearing this song on WXRT in Chicago when it was originally released. My initial recollection was "very early 80's".

According to Amazon, "Catholic Boy", the album it appears on, was released in 1980. Early 80's indeed.

Its a great song.
posted by hwestiii at 5:06 PM on June 16, 2007

Forty is a Monty Python sketch
I'm fairly certain its a Wilde play:
To lose one friend may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose forty looks like carelessness.

released in 1980
Might as well call it the 70's.
posted by Zetetics at 5:17 PM on June 16, 2007

Not so good cover with actual things dying.
posted by Xurando at 5:24 PM on June 16, 2007

Xurando, you know video games aren't real, right?
posted by _aa_ at 5:27 PM on June 16, 2007

Yep, it was the early 80s. Around the same time I remember watching Hart to Hart on tv and thinking, "Wow, I wouldn't mind having their life except that every single person they know suffers some weird suspicious death... so that's gotta suck. Note to self: never befriend Jennifer or Jonathan Hart."
posted by miss lynnster at 5:29 PM on June 16, 2007

I like covers. Sometimes. I think Carroll does this one fine. Great song.
posted by ZachsMind at 5:31 PM on June 16, 2007

That Drive-By Truckers version probably sounded a lot better than the recording lets on.

Remember The Basketball Diaries? That was when Leonardo Dicaprio still acted. Now he just sort of shows up.
posted by hifiparasol at 5:43 PM on June 16, 2007

HifiParasol? When did Leonardo DiCaprio EVER act? What alternate reality are you from?
posted by ZachsMind at 6:02 PM on June 16, 2007

A Jim Carroll post?! Yea!!

He is my favorite rock artist, ever. I know others have more talents in this area and that, but Jim touched a nerve with me. "City Drops Into the Night" is the song that grabbed me. We could be there, some of us have been there, we all know someone who has, we all know someone we don't want to go there, yet, there is redemption hinted, but so hard to attain. Whatever, Jim Carroll is an articulate soul with something to say to the human condition, not just the tortured inner city addicted kind, that and he had a kickin' band.

Yes, he is an accomplished writer, nominated for a Pulitzer. Too bad his site is down.
posted by caddis at 6:07 PM on June 16, 2007 [1 favorite]

What alternate reality are you from?

The one where Matt Damon got an Oscar nod for The Departed, and Leo and Marky Mark were laughed out of the Kodak Theater along with the entire creative team behind Crash. If only.

I dunno -- there was a time when Dicaprio actually had to get by on doing a halfway decent job, way before his teen heartthrob status was cemented. By the time Titanic rolled around, he had completely given up on doing anything but drawing a paycheck, but I thought his performances in BBD and Gilbert Grape were pretty good. His mentally-retarded act was certainly better than just about all his followers (Hanks, Penn, Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi, just about everyone in the world looking for an Oscar nomination who couldn't get into a Holocaust movie...)

posted by hifiparasol at 6:09 PM on June 16, 2007

By the way, he wrote that song (People Who Died) in the 70's and it was released on album (Catholic Boy) in 1980. OK, I am showing my age here.
posted by caddis at 6:11 PM on June 16, 2007

Knock Knock

Who's there? -> GYOFB
posted by beaucoupkevin at 6:16 PM on June 16, 2007

Getting dead and being a friend of Jim Carroll....could be worse.. I could die and be a freind of John Waters...that would suck gravy...

And you young'uns wonder why we hate the kids.

John Waters was a smartass queer kid who made smartass, campy films and is still one of the smartest asses out there.

Jim Carroll was the friend of a friend of an iconic photographer, and he chronicled his life as a hanger-on NYC hipster. "People who Died" is one of the worst songs in the history of rock music. Compiling a laundry list of fucked up people who couldn't make it to 20 without winning a Darwin Award != burning out, not fading away.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 6:35 PM on June 16, 2007

caddis -thanks. I remember a friend of mine had a spoken word album by Jim Carroll that had some really funny stories. The one I remember was something about getting high with a hump-backed dwarf.
posted by Sailormom at 7:03 PM on June 16, 2007

i don't believe this would be a very good cover. carroll's authorship on the material as a teenage junkie growing up in new york is what gives it its strength and it would seem false if done by anyone but carroll.
posted by cazoo at 7:10 PM on June 16, 2007

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