Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band

This is the oldest song that I recall actually being aware of while it was popular.  Centerfold was released in September of 1981, and became a number one hit in the winter/spring of 1982.  I had no idea who the J. Geils Band was.  I obviously had no clue what the lyrics were, or what the song was about.  I didn't know what it was called; and I can't tell you where or how I heard it.  But I have a vivid memory of myself and my best friend at 4 or 5 years old, building with wooden blocks in my bedroom, and singing the "Na-nah, na-na-na-nah" part of the chorus.  And I just discovered right now that they are from Worcester, MA.  Awesome.



  1. I don't know how I missed this entry before.
    How big a Geils fan are you? It's been a while now (2 or 3 years?), but he's been part of a bunch of guys who do sporadic gigs up there in your part of the world -- call themselves the Jazz Legends of Boston, or something like that. If I'm not mistaken, they even did a show at Fenway once.
    Another member of that outfit is a guy named "Professor" Doug Bell, who fronts a band with the sumptuously appropriate name "Bellevue Cadillac." Their crazy zoot suits are worth a Google even if you're not a fan of small combo swing.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane -- Whammer, Jammer, let me hear you dig it, Wooo! (Hey, maybe Ric Flair stole that from the band?)


  2. This is one of my best comments ever...


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