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Music / The J. Geils Band

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My blood runs cold,
My memory has just been sold,
My angel is the centerfold,
(Angel is the centerfold).

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)


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.
  • 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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