Centerfold

J. Geils Band

Song Review by Joe Viglione

Three minutes and thirty-seven seconds comprise EMI America single #8102, the culmination of a decade of chart activity, a gold single stuck at #1 for a month and a half after years and years and a half a dozen singles, only one going Top 15 in that span of time, the others all over the 30's portion of the charts. It was "Centerfold" that finally did it for the J. Geils Band, putting them on the top of the pop world. This is the "homeroom homeroom angel" from school literally turning into the angel in blue... pages of blue, that is. "Does she come complete/always pulled me from my seat" such a great rhyme. Peter Wolf's lustful phrasing of "girly magazine" is so cool, it makes it even more distressing for fans that the singer and the band keyboardist/songwriter couldn't get along after reaching the pinnacle - the thing all the fellows in this ensemble worked so hard for. "Centerfold" is proof that the angst between Justman and Wolf made for some great rock and roll, and while Joe Perry and Steve Tyler found a way to kiss and make up, this huge leap was the beginning of the end for the first phase of The J. Geils Band. There would be three additional hits, but the audience - and the bandmates - deserved more of this great stuff, this amalgam of rock, pop, blues and tongue-in-cheek humor. "Centerfold" might not be the most representative song by this band, certainly "Give It To Me" and "Must Of Got Lost" have more of the blues that the group was built on, but with its "nah nah nah nah nah nah" pulled right out of Joe South's "Hush" and turned upside down, it was commercial, cool, and a pop record that could stand up to repeated listenings. Na Na hey hey kiss her good-bye... "I hope that when this issue's gone/ I'll see you when your clothes are on" just more excellent sexual tension and a total party as the song concludes with whistles on the fade out.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Freeze Frame 1981 Capitol 3:36
Video 45 1982 Sony Music Distribution
Flashback: The Best of the J. Geils Band 1988 EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Houseparty: Anthology 1992 Rhino 3:40
KCBS: All Rock Oldies, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Varese
Eighties Rock On 1994
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:34
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 6 1994
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:38
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:38
Fetenhits: Real Classics 1995
Various Artists
Polygram / Polystar 3:36
Frat Rock: The '80s 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:38
VH1: The Big 80's 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:35
Rock On: 1981 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:38
Rock On: 1980-1984 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:38
Arena Rock 80's 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:36
Eighties Complete, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Essential 80's: 1980-1984 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:37
Big Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:37
Champions of Rock-n-Roll, Vol. 3: Stud Rock - Wild Ride 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:37
Whole Lotta Rock: 1980-1981 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 3:37
Sounds of the Eighties: Essential 80's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:39
Totally Awesome 80's [Razor & Tie] 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
The Greatest Hits of the 80s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:35
Instant Party Disc: Extra Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
Radio Days: '80s Rock 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:38
40 Hits: 1980-1984 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:38
Now: 1982 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:37
Pure 80's 1999
Various Artists
Polygram / Universal Distribution 3:35
Non Stop 80's Party 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:22
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 3:37
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters [2003] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:38
Centrefold 1999 VSOP 3:35
Party Hard 2000 1999
Various Artists
Radikal 3:37
Totally Awesome 80's: 1980-1982 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
Wild Boys 2000
Various Artists
Best Music International 3:38
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:40
American Classics [Import] 2000
Various Artists
Shock 3:36
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1982 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:39
Number One 80's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:35
City Rocks: Boston 2000
Various Artists
Cityrocks 3:37
The Best Pub Jukebox in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 3:38
Inside the Music: Classic Rock 2001
Various Artists
Silverline Records
Absolutely the Best of the Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 / Varese 3:37
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 3:37
Big Hits 1980-2000: Rock 2001
Various Artists
Big Hits
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1980-1984 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:39
The Non-Stop Party Album, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Empire Music Group Inc. 3:25
Big Hits, 1980-2000: Rock 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:38
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:37
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:38
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1-3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Essential Eighties [EMI Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
Party Time [Disky] 2002
Various Artists
Disky / EMI Music Distribution
#1 Hits of the 80's [EMI Special Markets] 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
Twogether Rock 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:36
Absolutely the Best of Classic Rock 2003
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 / Varese 3:36
Rock Heroes 2003
Various Artists
Thrive Records 3:37
Ultimate 80s [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:39
The Very Best J. Geils Band Album Ever 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:39
Then: Totally Oldies '80s Again, Vol. 7 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 3:38
Most Fun You've Had All Decade: 80s 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:36
Legends: Gimme Some Lovin' 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39
The Best of Classic Rock 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:36
Into the 80s 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:36
Dad Rocks! [EMI Australia 2005] 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:08
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80's  Rock's Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:38
80's Male Pop, Vol. 9 [Sound Choice 2005] 2005
Karaoke
Sound Choice Distribution 3:39
Sight + Sound: '80s 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
'80s Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:39
Classic Rock Hits 2006
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 / Varese 3:36
Best of the J. Geils Band [Capitol] 2006 Capitol / EMI Records 3:38
80's Superhits 2006
Various Artists
Legacy 3:38
Superstar of the 80s 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39
The Original 80s Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:38
Rockland Radio: Welcome To Classic Rock Chapter 1 2007
Various Artists
Toptrax 3:36
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:37
Playlist: Driving 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:34
Top 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:36
This Is 1982 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:37
Pure Driving Rock [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
The World's Best Ever Beer Songs: 10th Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:04
Original Hits: Eighties 2009
Various Artists
EMI 3:37
Dad Rocks! 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
10 Great 80s Songs 2011
Various Artists
Capitol 3:38
100 Hits: Driving Rock [2011] 2011
Various Artists
Demon 3:37
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits 2012
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Icon: 80's Hits 2014
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
Best of Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
Icon 2014 Capitol 3:37
Totally Awesome '80s 2015
Various Artists
Somerset 3:38
Throwback Tunes: Classic Rock 2017
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 3:37
Time Life Loves the 80s 2019
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39
Time Life: Love the 80's - Addicted to Love 2019
Various Artists
Time Life 3:39
20 #1's: Classic Rock
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:37
20 #1’s: Pop
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
20 No. 1’s: 80's Pop
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:37
20 No. 1’s: 80's Rock
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:37
80's Hits Night
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80's Hits [2022]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80's Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 3:34
80's Nostalgia
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
80's Pop
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
80's Super Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 3:34
80s & 90s
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80s Dance Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80s Gaming Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80s Hits [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
80s Kids
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80s Mixtape
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
80s New Year's Party
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80s Party Hits [2022]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80s Pop [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80s Summer BBQ
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
80s and 90s Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
80s, 90s, 00s
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Afternoon Delight [2022]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
All Time Classics [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Ambiance Roadtrip
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
American Rock Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Aussie Pub Rock Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Aussie Pub Rock Essentials
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Aussie Road Trip
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Best of Rock Classics
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Classic 80s Rock Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Classic Dad
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 3:35
Classic Pub Songs
Various Artists
Universal 3:38
Classic Road Trip Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
Classic Road Trip Songs
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Classic Rock Mixtape
Various Artists
Universal 3:38
Classic Rock [Capitol 2008]
Various Artists
Capitol 3:34
Classics of Rock
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Cooking at Home [Rock Edition]
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
Dad Rock [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Daddy Likes to Rock (70s - 80s)
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Dia do Rock 2022: Nostalgia
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Discover Classic Rock
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Driving Anthems [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Driving Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:38
Essential Eighties [Mixed Repertoire]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 3:34
Feel Good Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Footy Tracks
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Fourth of July 2021
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Friday Arvo Beers
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Graduation Songs [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Happy Classics
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Have a Great Day!
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
Long Road Trip
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Masters of Rock EMI / EMI Digital 3:34
Music Icons
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Now 25 Top Hits: Back to the 1980’s
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Now That's What I Call 80's [2012]
Various Artists
EMI 3:34
Old music alert
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Party Playlist: 80's
Various Artists
EMI / Somerset 3:38
Pirados Pero No Olvidados
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Pub Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:38
Pub Songs
Various Artists
Universal 3:38
Pé Na Estrada
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Ready2go, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Road Trip 2019
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
Road Trip Classics
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Road Trip Classics [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Road Trip Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
Road Trip Sing-Along Songs [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 3:39
Rock 80's [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
Rock Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Rock Songs [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:37
Rockklassiker [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Running Hits, Vol. 1: Feel The Beats
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:38
Sports Stadium Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Temazos y Hitazos: 80's
Various Artists
UME - Global Clearing House 3:34
The 80s Rock!
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
The Best 80s Album in the World...Ever! [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
The Best Rock Anthems ...Ever!
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
Throwback 80's
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Throwbacks
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Thumbplay Music Presents: The 80's
Various Artists
Capitol 3:34
Traffic Jam Jams
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Travel Vibes
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Viaje a 1981
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
Wanderlust Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
We Will Rock You [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:38
Éxitos Estrella de los 80's, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 3:34