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Jim Carroll Band | Catholic Boy 1980 Promo Poster

The punk poet only had one hit. But at least it was an unforgettable one.

Sure, he was a one-hit wonder. But you have to admit it was a pretty solid hit. Four decades after its release, People Who Died is still a great song. Which is why it’s been covered by a massive list of artists — Drive-By Truckers, The Wildhearts, Willie Nile, Against Me, Biohazard, Airborne Toxic Event, Gwar, John Cale and even the Alice Cooper-Joe Perry-Johnny Depp supergroup Hollywood Vampires, who just included it on their 2019 album Rise. Back in the day I bought both Carroll’s first album Catholic Boy (which actually wasn’t too bad if memory serves) and the sophomore-slump 1982 followup Dry Dreams before I tuned out. Now, all I have left is this poster featuring the band shot from the album’s back cover. Wanna take it off my hands? Email me and we can work out a price. And remember: Tony couldn’t fly — Tony died!

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