Freeze Frame (song)

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Single by The J. Geils Band
from the album Freeze Frame
B-side "Flamethrower"
Released January 14, 1982
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock, new wave, post-punk
Length 4:01
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Seth Justman, Peter Wolf
Producer(s) Seth Justman
The J. Geils Band singles chronology

"Freeze-Frame" is a song written by Seth Justman and Peter Wolf for The J. Geils Band. It was first released as the opening track on the chart-topping 1981 album of the same name.[1] The song was released on a 45 in early 1982 as the second single from the album, following the million-selling US #1/UK #3 hit "Centerfold". The single's flip side, "Flamethrower," received airplay on urban contemporary radio stations throughout the United States, and reached #20 on the Billboard Soul Chart.

Chart performance[edit]

"Centerfold" had landed the band at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks in early 1982 and would ultimately give them a UK Top 3 hit almost a year later. "Freeze-Frame" was chosen as the second single and at the peak of the band's popularity, became the second consecutive million-selling Gold-certified hit from the album, ultimately peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on April 10, 1982 and remained in that position for 4 weeks, after entering the charts in mid-February. The single also reached #27 in the UK chart.[1]

"Centerfold" and "Freeze-Frame" are among a total of ten singles by The J. Geils Band to reach the Billboard Top 40.


Most versions of the single released domestically and internationally used "Flamethrower", the sixth track from Freeze-Frame, as the flip side to "Freeze-Frame".[7] However, 7" vinyl releases in the UK alternated between "Flamethrower" and another song from the same album, the second track "Rage in the Cage".[8] A limited edition Picture Disc of "Freeze-Frame" released in North America used "Centerfold" as the b-side.[9]

Later uses[edit]

In 2011, a remixed version of Freeze-Frame was used for the Energizer Ultimate Lithium battery ad campaign.[10]

Rock Band Music Gaming Platform[edit]

The original version of the song was made available to download on April 5, 2011 for play in Rock Band 3 Basic, and PRO mode which utilizes real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.


  1. ^ a b "J. Geils Band - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Australia No. 1 hits -- 1980's". World Charts. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Centerfold". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1982/Top 100 Songs of 1982". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  7. ^ "The J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame". Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  8. ^ "The J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  9. ^ "The J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  10. ^ Video on YouTube

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