101. The J. Geils Band

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101. The J. Geils Band

Although the J. Geils Band appeared as an overnight success in the early 80’s, they were anything but. After delivering a series of albums throughout the 1970’s that delivered a few minor hits, the J. Geils band found a good following in the North East but could not translate the energy of their live act to studio recordings or to the radio. When they did hit it big, they broke up shortly after, thus raising the question whether the overall body of work is Hall worthy. With two recent nominations and a perceived love from Jann Wenner, they could find themselves in.

 

Should the J. Geils Band be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 81.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2011: #232
    2012: #196
    2013: #152
    2014: #114
    2015: #103
    2016: #99
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1995
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Boston, MA)
  • Nominated in: 2005, 2006, 2011, 2017, 2018
  • Essential Albums: Freeze Frame (1981)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Rage in the Cage (From Freeze Frame, 1981)

Should the J. Geils Band be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 81.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.9%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 19:07

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+4 #3 B. Whitney 2014-12-03 20:35
Folks...pull ease. "Live Full House" and "Blow Your Face OUt" live recordings should get them in ! This is not even consoidering the Seth Justman radio hit era !
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+3 #2 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Musicologist 999, I agree that getting the J. Geils Band into the Hall is a tough sell, and even though I love the band I think that ultimately it falls short of enshrinement . And while I can't dispute that Geils was not terribly influential (although Wet Willie always struck me as being Geils's Dixie cousin), I would argue that the J. Geils Band is one of the sorely underrated bands of the 1970s
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+3 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
I like the J. Geils Band---they& #39;ve got some very catchy, well-crafted pop-rockers ("Cente rfold" is a classic, and "Flamet hrower" , though it wasn't released as a single, is a kick-ass rocker). AND they've also got a great sense of humor, too ("Love Stinks" is a classic tongue-in-ch eek song, and their radio play spoof "No Anchovies Please" is a riot). But can anybody call the J. Geils Band *influential *? Anybody? Didn't think so. If the J. Geils Band DO get in, that's fine. But I'm not so sure that it'll happen.
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