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My blood runs cold,
My memory has just been sold,
My angel is the centerfold,
(Angel is the centerfold).
"Centerfold"
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The J. Geils Band was an American rock band formed in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, that had a successful R&B-influenced blues-rock sound in The '70s, before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in The '80s, which brought them MTV airplay and a series of hit singles. Founder member J. Geils died in April 2017.

Their songs include:

Studio discography:

  • The J. Geils Band (1970)
  • The Morning After (1971)
  • Bloodshot (1973)
  • Ladies Invited (1973)
  • Nightmares...and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle (1974)
  • Hotline (1975)
  • Monkey Island (1977)
  • Sanctuary (1978)
  • Love Stinks (1980)
  • Freeze Frame (1981)
  • You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd (1984)

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Love stinks, but not these tropes:

  • Alliterative Title: Freeze Frame.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Love Stinks"
  • The Band Minus the Face: Soldiered on without Peter Wolf. Not the same, although they did do the Fright Night (1985) theme song.
    • From 2012 until their final performances in 2015, the band toured with Wolf...but without Geils, despite the whole "band literally named after him" thing. Geils sued the band for performing a short tour without him, the case was thrown out of court and he quit the band in acrimony.
  • Claymation: In the video for "Freeze Frame".
  • Crossdresser: Peter Wolf does this in a part of Love Stinks.
  • Epic Rocking: A few songs went past the 6:00 mark. Oddly, one of them, "Give it to Me", became their first Top 30 hit in America.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The chimpanzee at the end of the video for "Love Stinks."
  • Fanservice: Sexy schoolgirls in "Centerfold". It appears that sexy schoolgirls are not only a cross-cultural fetish, but a cross-generational one as well.
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  • Horrifying the Horror: Peter Wolf was told in college to move out of his dorm room because he was creeping his roommate out. Said roomie asking for the move? David Lynch!
  • Live Album: Live Full House, Blow Your Face Out, Showtime!

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