New Cover: The Jim Carroll Band – “People Who Died”

Man, it’s been a long while since I’ve released any new music… I hate to make excuses, but this one also took significantly longer than expected to produce. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as a one-man band, don’t they all?

Of particular note, I’m an old guy. I about had a heart seizure playing drums on a song 5 minutes long at the original 190 BPM, which “only” took about eleventy-seven takes (admittedly, there are still a few comps in there). Oh, the things we do for love…


Click to skip the following detailed track description

It’s a tribute to Jim Carroll, who ironically departed the planet back in 2009. Although the title may sound gloomy, it’s a whimsical song chock full of humorous lyrical moments.

A side note: In this arrangement, lyrics in two verses have been modified in fond memory of my dear brother from another mother, Artie.


The original track is from Carroll’s classic debut, “Catholic Boy” which was named the second most popular album of 1980 by BAM magazine (now defunct) and considered by many to be one of the last great Punk recordings.


Additionally, it’s been included in the soundtrack of various movies. To name just a few:

I must admit, I’d never listened to this band prior to watching the last film on the list. It’s now my all-time favorite Zombie movie, in no small part due to this tune. If you’ve never had the pleasure (ahem), the closing credits contain a massive, frantic attack by the undead with “People Who Died” playing along in the background. It’s an incredibly perfect fit.

Any similarity to actual persons, living, dead or UNDEAD, is purely coincidental.

Credits

  • Arrangements, all instruments and vocals by Craig Guerrieri.
  • Recorded, mixed and mastered by Craig Guerrieri at Cygnus Studios, Florida, USA ©2022.

Gear

  • Fender Telecaster guitar
  • Fender HSS Stratocaster guitar
  • Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar
  • Fender Jazz Blacktop bass
  • Amplification by Marshall and Carvin
  • DW Drums with Zildjian, Paiste and Wuhan cymbals
  • Additional percussion by RhythmTech and Gecko

Studio Engineering: Technical

  • DAW: REAPER
  • A/D Interfaces: Behringer UMC1820 and ADA8200
  • Microphones:
    Vocals: R0DE
    Guitar amplifiers: Sennheiser
    Drums/Percussion: Sennheiser, Shure, CAD, NEAT

Special thanks to my son, Craig Jr. for the second pair of ears during production.



Lyrics by Jim Carroll (slight changes by CG)

Teddy sniffing glue, he was 12 years old
Fell from the roof on East Two-Nine
Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug
On 26 reds and a bottle of wine
Bobby got leukemia, 14 years old
He looked like 65 when he died
He was a friend of mine

[Chorus]
Those are people who died, died [X4]
They were all my friends, and they died

G-berg and Georgie let their gimmicks go rotten
So they died of hepatitis in upper Manhattan
Sly in Vietnam took a bullet in the head
Bobby OD'd on Draino on the night that he was wed
They were two more friends of mine
Two more friends that died

Mary took a dry dive from a hotel room
Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs
Judy jumped in front of a subway train
Artie got screwed by some cancerous thing
And Artie, I miss you more than all the others
And I salute you, my brother!

Herbie pushed Tony from the Boys' Club roof
Tony thought that his rage was just some goof
But Herbie sure gave Tony some bitchin’ proof
"Hey," Herbie said, "Tony, can you fly?"
But Tony couldn't fly, Tony died

Brian got busted on a narco rap
He beat the rap by rattin' on some bikers
He said, "Hey, I know that's dangerous, but it sure beats Rikers!"
But the very next day he got offed by the very same bikers

Teddy sniffing glue, he was 12 years old
Fell from the roof on East Two-Nine
Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug
On 26 reds and a bottle of wine
Bobby got leukemia, 14 years old
He looked like 65 when he died
He was a friend of mine

G-berg and Georgie let their gimmicks go rotten
So they died of hepatitis in upper Manhattan
Sly in Vietnam took a bullet in the head
Bobby OD'd on Draino on the night that he was wed
They were two more friends of mine
I miss 'em, they died

Mary took a dry dive from a hotel room
Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs
Judy jumped in front of a subway train
Artie got screwed by some cancerous thing
And Artie, I miss you more than all the others
This song is for you my brother!

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