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RIP J. Geils

Post by gkbill » 11 Apr 2017, 9:49pm

Hello,

RIP J. Geils. He was the guitarist for the J. Geils Band. These guys were a great show band prior to Centerfold which took them in a pop direction. Blow Your Face Out is the best live album I own.


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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by Flex » 12 Apr 2017, 10:40am

J. Geils Band was the sort of music a teenage me thought was bad and a grown-up me realizes is actually pretty good. I credit Little Steven's Underground Garage for helping me see the light on that one. Good music. RIP.
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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by Dr. Medulla » 12 Apr 2017, 12:20pm

This gag track amused me as a kid:
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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by tepista » 12 Apr 2017, 1:51pm

Flex wrote:
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I credit Little Steven's Underground Garage for helping me see the light on that one.
They do play the shit out of them. Which is not a bad thing, a lot of fun songs.
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Post by Kory » 12 Apr 2017, 7:59pm

I always get them mixed up with The Georgia Satellites for some reason.
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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by JennyB » 12 Apr 2017, 9:19pm

I'm not at all knowledgable about them other than the hits. I'm curious - was the whole Centerfold era something J.Geils stood behind or was Peter Wolf the Mike Love of the band? Not that the hits are nearly as bad as Kokomo - Love Stinks is a solid tune - but I wonder if the hits doomed them in a sense? I'll have to check out more of their back catalogue.
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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by gkbill » 12 Apr 2017, 9:29pm

JennyB wrote:
12 Apr 2017, 9:19pm
I'm not at all knowledgable about them other than the hits. I'm curious - was the whole Centerfold era something J.Geils stood behind or was Peter Wolf the Mike Love of the band? Not that the hits are nearly as bad as Kokomo - Love Stinks is a solid tune - but I wonder if the hits doomed them in a sense? I'll have to check out more of their back catalogue.
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Try either of the early live albums - Blow Your Face Out or Full House - or perhaps Bloodshot. The later stuff wasn't bad - different as more poppy and MTV friendly. I think Seth Justman had a bigger influence with that.

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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by Rat Patrol » 13 Apr 2017, 8:41am

JennyB wrote:
12 Apr 2017, 9:19pm
I'm not at all knowledgable about them other than the hits. I'm curious - was the whole Centerfold era something J.Geils stood behind or was Peter Wolf the Mike Love of the band? Not that the hits are nearly as bad as Kokomo - Love Stinks is a solid tune - but I wonder if the hits doomed them in a sense? I'll have to check out more of their back catalogue.
That's exactly it. Wolf's ego took over, they split into camps with purists Geils and Seth Justman (the other primary songwriter with Wolf) on one side and showmen Wolf and the others on the other side, and they spiraled towards a messy breakup in '85.

Bunch of original-lineup reunions and whatnot since the late-90's after fences have mended, but Geils and Justman haven't even played with them since 2012 because the bad blood resurfaced once easy stadium one-offs and festival money became available...and there were a couple court-settled lawsuits between Geils and the others over use of the name. The current touring act is basically the Wolf camp cashing checks with session men, so they're not going to stop. It also did not go unnoticed how pedantic Wolf's Twitter tribute was the other day. Most definitely not a happy ending to the group.
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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by Heston » 13 Apr 2017, 10:18am

Centerfold was the song Bruce Springsteen wished he could have written. Love it.
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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by Dr. Medulla » 13 Apr 2017, 10:46am

Heston wrote:
13 Apr 2017, 10:18am
Centerfold was the song Bruce Springsteen wished he could have written. Love it.
Y'know, I never thought of it as a Sprucesque song, but you're right. I still dig it chiefly from a nostalgia angle, but it is pretty fun, too.
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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by muppet hi fi » 13 Apr 2017, 5:36pm

Heston wrote:
13 Apr 2017, 10:18am
Centerfold was the song Bruce Springsteen wished he could have written. Love it.
Good call. I love it too. But in fairness Bruce has written loads of fun songs like this - "Sherry Darling", "Pink Cadillac", "Crush On You", etc.

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Re: RIP J. Geils

Post by Silent Majority » 14 Apr 2017, 4:11am

I like spunge's dumb cover of Centerfold.
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