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I DARE you to sit still!

I posted this on almost all the J. Geils albums hoping a new generation will learn to appreciate how fabulous this band was! Peter Wolf’s sexually raw and bluesy voice harkens the sound of tough as nails, south side, asphalt urban streets with a mean junk yard dog’s howl. They summon up images of smoke filled gin mills with intimidating bikers and floosies abound. Their song tracks are black and blue, gnarly riffs of hard rock tunes. No fluff here, love songs here will sucker punch you from nowhere and then throw you over a couch! I always considered The J Geils Band as the American counterpart of the Rolling Stones without the glitter and much more “in your face” rock n’ roll. Their frenzied and unique musical roar harkens the tang of unrefined, funky sweat-in-the-leather attitude with the chains of music their instruments concoct. Good fun and dynamic rollicking with a funny sense of “Macho humor” in almost every one of their surprisingly furtive tracks. How they got past the censors by using meat balls and scrambled eggs in such suggestive ways I will never know – they were purely, genius scoundrels! The first time I heard “First I Look at The Purse” I didn’t know whether I wanted to hack them into little pieces or laugh, I wound up laughing hysterically and going just plain nuts with dancing!! I got hooked, on the guttural growls, stinging guitar tones, and Peter Wolf’s tongue in cheek lyrics and shades (probably hiding a sly glimmer). Funky whines and cries of “Magic Dick’s” hot harmonica still give me shivers. I could not sit still back then and to this day I go feral over how fresh their sound holds up today as it has over the decades. I dare you to sit still with any of their albums!


Formed: 1967 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The J. Geils Band were one of the most popular touring rock & roll bands in America during the '70s. Where their contemporaries were influenced by the heavy boogie of British blues-rock and the ear-splitting sonic adventures of psychedelia, the J. Geils Band were a bar band pure and simple, churning out greasy covers of obscure R&B, doo wop, and soul tunes, cutting them with a healthy dose of Stonesy swagger. While their muscular sound and the hyper jive of frontman Peter Wolf packed arenas across...
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