John Geils Jr, the guitarist who founded The J Geils Band, has died at the age of 71 of natural causes.
Although the J Geils Band has faded into relative obscurity these days, back in the day they had the ability to work up a room better than just about anyone...which is something I don't have to tell you if you ever caught them live. If you only equate J Geils with their more commercial material you're missing the essence of what made them one of the best exports Boston ever produced...IMHO
Ve con tu dios, John.
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I never did see J. Geils live, to my regret. But they could definitely work up a room, as you say. Luckily, there's plenty of live material out there, and the Bose speaker my wife has is sufficiently loud to overcome the noise of the Jacuzzi's jets. So, it's a rare weekend that the spouse and I aren't sippin' an adult beverage in the hot tub while J. Geils and the boys work through "Houseparty", "Truck Drivin' Man" or a host of others.
If you only equate J Geils with their more commercial material you're missing the essence of what made them one of the best exports Boston ever produced.
True, but some of the commercial stuff was pretty good, too. "Freeze Frame" is about as well-constructed a pop/rock song as anything else that graced the radio waves back in the '80s. But, yes, give me the live boogie rock stuff any day. From the time when a harmonica was an important part of a rock and roll band . . .
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