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    J. Geils died

    One of my fave bands. I learnt about J. Geils's passing away recently by chance. Talking about an underrated guitar player...
    Their first 7 albums are musts.
    Geils especially delivered on the '72 Full House album. All 6 of them in the J. Geils Band were incredible.

    The band name being the guitar player's meant something.

    R.I.P. Mister Geils


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    John Geils, the guitarist and namesake of the J. Geils Band, has died. He was 71.
    Boston’s WCVB says that he was found dead in his home in Groton, Mass., where he had lived for 35 years. As of now, the cause of death is unknown. The station’s Kathy Curran tweeted that police responded to a call to check on his well being. They do not suspect foul play.

    Peter Wolf, the lead singer of the band from 1967-83, and during their reunion tours, posted on Facebook, “‘Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils’ PW.”


    Born John Warren Geils Jr. in New York City on Feb. 20, 1946, he began playing jazz trumpet, but eventually switched to blues guitar. He formed an acoustic blues trio, Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels, with bassist Danny Klein and harmonica player Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz, while studying mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the mid-’60s. They soon moved to Boston, where they added drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and singer Peter Wolf, who was a DJ on WBCN and changed their name to the J. Geils Band. The arrival of keyboardist Seth Justman in 1968 rounded out the lineup, and they were signed to Atlantic in 1970, with their self-titled debut coming later that year.

    Like many bands of the day, they originally had trouble breaking through to the masses despite great reviews and an energetic live show. But it eventually paid off, finding the Top 40 three times in the next few years with “Looking for a Love,” “Give It to Me” and “Must of Got Lost.”


    A commercial lull followed, but they rebounded in 1980 by modernizing their sound on Love Stinks and 1981’s Freeze-Frame topped the charts on the strength of the No. 1 single “Centerfold” and the title track, which reached No. 4. Wolf left for a solo career in 1983, and the group broke up after the Justman-fronted You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd.

    From there, Geils turned to another love: cars. He founded KTR Motorsports, where he restored vintage European sports cars. But a reunion of the original lineup, minus Bladd, followed in 1999. Although they never recorded again, they toured a handful of times over the next 15 years.

    However, by 2012, relations between Geils and the other four had soured over the rights to the name, and Wolf, Justman, Salwitz and Klein announced a tour, aided by additional musicians, using their band’s name, which resulted in a lawsuit from Geils. The group, again without Geils, toured most recently in 2014-15, where they headlined clubs and served as Bob Seger‘s opening act.

    The J. Geils Band live in 1972 - recently added on YT:
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    I'm sure Angus Young himself listened to this back in the day:

    https://youtu.be/BSJUdmgl4t8

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    The old J Geils band (before their short lived MTV 80s fame period) was kind of an American Rolling Stones (or at least tried to be) Peter Wolf wanted to be Mick Jagger even more than Steve Tyler did.

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    Had the 8 track of Love Stinks, and then everyone bought Freeze-Frame. Kind of went backwards from there to their earlier stuff. The old WMMS used to play Dead Presidents and Sanctuary all the time.
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    I agree, their 1980-onward period had nothing to do with what they did throughout the 1970s, especially the first half.

    "The Morning After" ('71), "Full House" ('72), "Bloodshot" ('73), "Ladies Invited" ('73), "Nightmares" ('74) above all and "Hotline" ('75), all produced by Bill Szymczyk, will kick herds of elephants asses and make them dance mambo.
    All 6 of them J. Geils Band members were great at what they did, starting from harmonica god Magic Dick, excellent bass player Dan Klein, reliable drummer Stephen J Bladd, inspired pianist-keyboardist Seth Justman, hilarious Peter Wolf on vocals and fine guitarist John Geils...
    The 1976 double (on vinyl) live album "Blow your Face Out" gives you an idea of what the J. Geils Band sounded like back when they were among the very best and most kickass live acts of the time.
    Listen to JL Hooker's "Serves you right to suffer" cover on "Full House" and tell me I'm wrong when I say Angus Young must have listened to it more than once.

    I don't think Wolf wanted to be Jagger. Maybe he tried to sound like him on "Moving out" ("Nightmares", 1974) or "Wild Man" ("Sanctuary", 1978), but mainly he did his own stuff IMO. His lyrics and singing melodies were much more simple, alternating from cool lines to frantic screaming.

    Mostly, they were the tightest band ever and they played some heavy rhythm & blues only they had the recipe of.

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    Their cover of Where Did Our Love Go on Blow Your Face Out makes me LOL.

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    I can hear it with the emphasized backing vocals.

    They didn't lack humor. Anybody should get J. Geils Band albums on the National Health.

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    Oh, one of your F A T drug addict rock stars from long ago.

    Christ, they made some shitty music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post
    Oh, one of your F A T drug addict rock stars from long ago.

    Christ, they made some shitty music.
    Amusia.

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    You fucking frogs like the gheyest shit. That crap sound just like any other America white trash bar band banality like REO Speedwagon and Bob Seger - only worse. And until now I did not think that was possible.

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    Speedwagon is much, much worse.

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    You dumbasses that only listened to top 40 radio, have no idea what you're talking about. You judge REO by the "hits". Fuck that. Put on the "Live, You Get What You Play For" album. REO rocked, and Gary Richrath had better tone and more soul than most. I'd take Gary Richrath over Vai, Malmsteen, or any of those faggits.
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    I remember when Speedwagon went pop, and a short magazine review about the followup to Hi Infidelity read "the wimpmobile rides again."

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    I remember KISW used to play some old REO Speedwagon before they started competing with the Jonathan Cain pussyfied version of Journey for the "Queens of Cheese Balladry" trophy.

    This one got a lot of airplay....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post
    You fucking frogs like the gheyest shit. That crap sound just like any other America white trash bar band banality like REO Speedwagon and Bob Seger - only worse. And until now I did not think that was possible.
    I'm not sure 1% of the Froggish even know the J. Geils Band ever existed. I don't know REOSW enough myself to compare, but Seger didn't play the same musical style.

    Anyway, very few bands kicked their audiences' asses like the JGB did during the first half of the 1970s, except the Stones or the Who.
    And their first 6 studio albums were fucking tight, inspired and full of energy.

    OK, if your chaste, virginal ears can't handle good old handmade rock music, you can but just skip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jérôme Frenchise View Post
    I'm not sure 1% of the Froggish even know the J. Geils Band ever existed. I don't know REOSW enough myself to compare, but Seger didn't play the same musical style.

    OK, if your chaste, virginal ears can't handle good old handmade rock music, you can but just skip...
    All of those bands: Oreo Spudfaggon, Ghey X-Files Band, and Bob Seagram's 7&7 were all cut from the same cloth American white trash culture. There's is nothing interesting or extraordinary about them; not one singular constitution of genius among them. "Handmade rock music?" PLU-EEEZE. Thanks to you and this anti-catholic site I have now encountered this genre of shit. It makes my soul grieve that music can be this bad and boring.

    Now, Poppy here, she's going places


    Right to the top. Your generation of droll is dying off one by one, Froggie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post
    Now, Poppy here, she's going places

    Right to the top. Your generation of droll is dying off one by one, Froggie.
    All right. So this is supposed to be superior stuff, eh?

    No use discussing, really...

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    No, it's absolute shit.

    What's wrong with you?

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    I don't know...

    What's absolute shit? The candy pop vid you posted, or the J. Geils Band?

    Anyway, I can admit the music I like may be bullshit to someone else's ears. Why not? It doesn't turn it into bullshit to my own.

    Can you admit it with your own tastes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jérôme Frenchise View Post
    All right. So this is supposed to be superior stuff, eh?

    No use discussing, really...
    Kristy wants you to like her gay, electronica whale farts music, but fancies herself (itself) a critic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jérôme Frenchise View Post
    I don't know...

    What's absolute shit? The candy pop vid you posted, or the J. Geils Band?

    Anyway, I can admit the music I like may be bullshit to someone else's ears. Why not? It doesn't turn it into bullshit to my own.

    Can you admit it with your own tastes?
    I no longer have any musical taste left. It all went to shit in 2010. Nothing more than dithyrambic rhapsodies concerned about selling fashion then it is actual talent. And for the record, this is all of your dead, boring rock stars fault for allowing such digressive acts such as Poppy to flourish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post
    I no longer have any musical taste left. It all went to shit in 2010.
    WTF happened to you in 2010? Did you get half-deaf at a Katy Perry concert?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post
    And for the record, this is all of your dead, boring rock stars fault for allowing such digressive acts such as Poppy to flourish.
    Wrong! There has always been poppy crap. The fault is that of today's dull bands (Coldfish and the like) who are supposed to represent "rock", who perpetrate shit that's so boring as hell... They squat and debase a music boulevard they don't deserve the label of.

    By the way, it reminds me of the "R 'n' B" label that was stolen by those elevator music jerks from the glorious rhythm and blues artists. What a fucking shame...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post

    Now, Poppy here, she's going places


    Right to the top. Your generation of droll is dying off one by one, Froggie.
    It was done before and better 38 years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy View Post
    I no longer have any musical taste left..
    Who said you ever dd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jérôme Frenchise View Post
    By the way, it reminds me of the "R 'n' B" label that was stolen by those elevator music jerks from the glorious rhythm and blues artists. What a fucking shame...
    Blame this asshole for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seshmeister View Post
    It was done before and better 38 years ago!
    That was FUZZBOX you fags

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