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#1126487 - 04/11/17 09:11 PM J. Geils dies.  
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The funkiest band in the land!Saw them a lot back in the day,good times for sure. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/john-geils-dies/

#1126630 - 04/15/17 08:51 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Michael I always heard they were among the greatest live bands in history. Would you agree with that? I never got a chance to see them live.


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#1126645 - 04/16/17 09:01 AM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Sad to hear. I loved Freeze Frame. And Angel in Blue comes to mind. They were a fun band and if I remember correctly they integrated horns into their songs extremely tastefully. Maybe wrong, just trying to remember...

#1126647 - 04/16/17 09:38 AM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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hey Brian,yes,they were fantastic live.I seen them 5 or 6 times,always up front where the party is.Got so tight at one show,they pulled my wife out of the crowd and she got to sit on a stool right next to Zeth Justman while he was playing those crazy keyboards.Also Peter Wolf gave her a drum stick he was beating a cowbell with at another show.Got a few good pics of them at various shows.A party band by all means.

#1126648 - 04/16/17 09:40 AM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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hey Toby,well Magic Dick played a helluva harmonica but he also played a little sax.Maybe on their 80's stuff i think they syncthed some horn sounds.I perfer their pre-80's music though,they got a little too radio friendly by then.

#1126651 - 04/16/17 10:18 AM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Good info. I missed their earlier stuff, but they were part of the fairly early MTV days which is about all I remember (too much of a youngster). Angel in Blue is such a cool song. I only have their Freeze Frame album, and still give it a listen now and then.

#1126701 - 04/18/17 01:36 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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They were the epitome of a "live" band. I too saw JGB live more times than any other band. They were everywhere in the 80's. I always saw them as an opening act and they must have been a bitch to follow.

Peter Wolf (Who was married to Faye Dunaway.) was a ball of energy. The band had a stage presence that only added to Wolf's performance. Like James Brown. They looked cool on stage.

I saw them in Ft. Myers. They did several encores with Wolf coming back out on stage with a towel around his neck almost dropping to the floor from exhaustion. He said "Thank you Ft. Wayne" He didn't know what town he was in. That was funny.

#1126702 - 04/18/17 02:08 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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hey Ben,you remember them as well as i do,what a great party band.We actually saw Faye at one of the shows in New Orleans.I saw them headline all their shows except for the ZZ Top Worldwide Texas Tour.

#1126706 - 04/18/17 04:49 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Michael,

When they hit the charts and mainstream, did their music really change (other than using a synth for horns because who wants to pay a horn section on a tour of mostly opening slots right?) or was it just that you didn't like sharing them with the masses (which I get, I feel that way when I've been a fan of an artists for years and they break through and people with little clue who they band really was were overnight fans and those bands worked to nurture those lightweight fans, it could be annoying, but it's just part of commerce rewarding art whose time has come. What was it for you?

Brian


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#1126708 - 04/18/17 05:10 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Brian, I don't want to steal Mike's answer and I'm sure he'll chime in. The horns may have been on records, but I have never seen horns in their live shows. It was only "Magic Dick" on harmonica. That was a major part of their sound. They had a radio hit in the 70's "I Musta Got Lost". Listen to Wammer Jammer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6T1C2kCMdc

#1126710 - 04/18/17 09:26 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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I agree. I prefer the pre- 1980's MTV darling J-Geils Band. They whooped SERIOUS ass! Their "sell out" began with "Love Stinks" and snowballed with the whole "Centerfold" era. Oh well, they became a household name and made a buttload of money. Who am I to judge?


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I still play "Musta Got Lost" every night acoustically!


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#1126712 - 04/18/17 09:44 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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hey Brian,their music was more bluesier and funkier pre-80's.I like a lot of their 80's stuff and i still buy all of Peter Wolf's albums he releases and it's hardly anything like The J. Geils Band.And i did enjoy seeing them on MTV with their videos.I think the music you grow up with in your teens is what molds you in a way and that's what your ears like to hear.At least for me. Mike

#1126717 - 04/19/17 01:39 AM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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I can recall from their history with Magig Dick and Peter Wolf. Bands from their original lineups are not the same band.
But there is still the beating pulse nonetheless.

#1126739 - 04/19/17 03:16 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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We played a lot of JGB at parties. First I Look At The Purse was a favorite JGB song.

Dave smile

#1127186 - 04/29/17 01:53 PM Re: J. Geils dies. [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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I didnt realize he was that Old, 71 makes him older than or as old as members of The Who, Stones, Van Morrison, Led Zepplin

I remember how huge of a hit Centerfold was, I remember that playing on the radio incessantly, always loved it no matter how many times I heard it

Love Stinks was an anthem, and sung so wonderfully by Adam Sandler in the wedding singer... lol

I think they were always pretty much the same band, but they got a boast from MTV and produced 80's sounding tracks

Great band.


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