On Thursday night (5/20), The Hold Steady continued barnstorming across late night television, bringing the very funny and very self-aware "Rock Problems" to The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
1) Jim Carroll Band, "I Want the Angel"
That's my favorite song by him. Metaphorically, he's talking about this angel, this perfect high. All that Jim Carroll stuff is pretty influential on my vocal style. This is one of his most literary songs, it's a very sly song and it flows well together. I knew right away what it was about and read all his stuff and knew where he was coming from. I saw him perform in a reading at Boston College when I went there. He was losing the room and he could tell he was, so he asked people what they wanted to hear and this girl yelled out "I Want the Angel" and he did it a cappella with a maraca. He slithered around this classroom and it was really creepy. It was this lecture at night and the kids were looking bored and when he started doing the song I sat up in my chair.