Freeze Frame (The J. Geils Band album)

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Studio album by The J. Geils Band
Released October 26, 1981 (1981-10-26)
Recorded Long View Farm, North Brookfield, MA, 1980-1981
Genre New wave, pop rock, art rock
Length 40:56
Label EMI
Producer Seth Justman
The J. Geils Band chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B+[1]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars link
Rock 82 (favorable)[2]

Freeze-Frame is the 12th album by American rock band The J. Geils Band, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). This was the band's only #1 album and their biggest seller.[citation needed] The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in February 1982, and remained at the top for four weeks. The album featured the hit singles "Centerfold" (#1 US; #3 UK) and "Freeze Frame" (#4 US). "Angel in Blue" also reached the US Top 40.

This was the first album where songwriters Peter Wolf and Seth Justman, who provided the band with its original material, did not share credit on every song. Justman wrote or co-wrote all of the album as well as receiving credit as arranger and producer of the material.

The album was remastered in 1993 and reissued on BGO in the UK and was remastered in 2008 for the Japanese market, but has not been remastered in the U.S.

Part of the success of the album can be attributed to the videos that were run constantly on MTV including "Centerfold" and the title track from the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Seth Justman except where noted.

  1. "Freeze-Frame" (Justman, Peter Wolf) – 4:01
  2. "Rage in the Cage" (Justman, Wolf) – 4:56
  3. "Centerfold" – 3:36
  4. "Do You Remember When" (Justman, Wolf) – 4:45
  5. "Insane, Insane Again" – 4:43
  6. "Flamethrower(song)" – 4:58
  7. "River Blindness" – 6:06
  8. "Angel in Blue" – 4:51
  9. "Piss on the Wall" (Justman, Wolf) – 3:02


Additional personnel



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1982 Pop Albums 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Angel in Blue" Billboard Hot 100 40
1982 "Centerfold/Flamethrower" Club Play Singles 12
1982 "Centerfold" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1982 "Centerfold" Billboard Hot 100 1
1982 "Flamethrower" Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks 25
1982 "Flamethrower" Mainstream Rock Tracks 30
1982 "Freeze-Frame" Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks 25
1982 "Freeze-Frame" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
1982 "Freeze-Frame" Billboard Hot 100 4
Preceded by
4 by Foreigner
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 6, 1982 - February 27, 1982
Succeeded by
Beauty and the Beat by Go-Go's

In other media[edit]

  • "Centerfold" is included on the disc of Rock Band 3.
  • "Freeze-Frame" was released as downloadable content for the Guitar Hero series.
  • "Freeze-Frame" is offered as a downloadable song for Rock Band 3.


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Freeze-Frame". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ Vesić, Dušan. "Freeze Frame, The J. Geils Band". Rock 82 (in Serbian) (Belgrade: NIP Politika) (5): 10.