|Single by The J. Geils Band|
|from the album Freeze Frame|
|B-side||"Rage In the Cage"|
|Released||September 13, 1981|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Genre||Synthrock, new wave|
|The J. Geils Band singles chronology|
"Centerfold" is a single released by The J. Geils Band from their album Freeze Frame. The song is about a man who is shocked to discover that his high school crush appeared in a centerfold spread for a men's magazine. The singer cannot decide between his anger and his lust.
It was released in autumn 1981, and eventually went to Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982, and stayed there for six weeks. It was the first single released from the album Freeze Frame and was an early staple on MTV.
In February 1982, after the song hit #1 in the US, "Centerfold" peaked at number three in the UK Top 40, earning The J. Geils Band their only major hit single in the UK, although follow-up "Freeze-Frame" was a minor hit.
The song lists at #52 on Billboard's All Time Top Songs.
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The music video was directed by organist Seth Justman's brother. The "school" where the video was shot had a girls' dance school on the floor above; the girls from the school were the ones appearing in the video.
The music video starts out with lead singer Peter Wolf going to the classroom and looking through a magazine which he mentions his high school crush is in. Some girls then start dancing in a line wearing slips. Afterwards, more girls appear in the whole classroom in negligees dancing, smiling, and playing patty cake. Wolf then hands a couple of uniforms to two of the girls. Later on, the girls appear in cheerleading sweaters and saddle shoes resembling a 1950s style. After Wolf is knocked out by the girls with books, a party begins with the cheerleaders. The video ends with Wolf running out of the school in the company of four girls doing cartwheels.
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Against All Authority covered the song on their first album Destroy What Destroys You. It was also covered by Eurodance band Captain Jack, Thrash Metal band Tankard on their 1992 release, Stone Cold Sober and Ska band [spunge] on their Greatest Hit album. The cast of Glee performed the song as a mash up with Nelly's "Hot in Herre" for the 2013 episode "Naked".
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|UK Singles Chart||3|
|US Billboard Hot 100||5|
- List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1980s
- List of RPM number-one singles of 1982
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1982 (U.S.)
- List of number-one mainstream rock hits (United States)