Guitarist John “J.” Geils has joined the band invisible, dying at the age of 71. It’s odd that a guy can have a band named after him and still be an overlooked member of that group, but Geils somehow managed, as attention tended to focus on vocalist Peter Wolf and harpist/saxophonist Magic Dick. However, he was always a respected blues-rock player, and at one point, the J. Geils Band was seen as America’s version of the Stones (before fellow Bostonians Aerosmith got that tag.)
The albums Love Stinks and Freeze Frame provided a significant part of the soundtrack to my middle and high school years, but my favorite song of theirs comes from 1978’s Sanctuary.
They were also responsible for one of my favorite pieces of rock weirdness, one from which I occasionally quote to see if other people know it.
Goodbye, Mr. Geils. Thanks for the music.