If you haven't read The Basketball Diaries, you have no idea how artfully a 15-year-old heroin addict can put words to a page. If you haven't heard the album Catholic Boy, you have no idea how ethereal (and sometimes uncomfortable) the intersection of punk rock and gritty urban poetry can be. Thank the late Jim Carroll for both.
Why Snapoversteer chose to recast Carroll's song "People Who Died" in a comment on the Mercedes-Benz dealership with the noisy vents is anyone's guess. But he did, and picked one of the most compelling songs ever written about New York life in the 1970s. Yeah, yeah, no one gives a shit any more — oh look, another trillion-dollar condo building on the Bowery, near Whole Foods. Well, almost no one.