Centerfold

Does she walk? Does she talk? Does she come complete? My homeroom homeroom angel always pulled me from my seat.

It was just one of those songs that you couldn’t get out of your head. Maybe it was the na na na-na na na or maybe it was the subject matter (his ‘pure’ girlfriend was now on the pages of one of those magazines) but “Centerfold” just clicked. And in February of 1982, the J. Geils Band had their first #1 hit.

It stayed in the top spot for 6 straight weeks, bolstered by a video that seemed to air on MTV every hour. Featuring lead singer Peter Wolf in the classroom of a (presumably) all-girls school, he dances (as only he could, in those stellar gold shoes) in and around a group of scantily-clad women. First they’re wearing slips, then babydolls, then sweatshirts, then cheerleading outfits. Really… for young men in the 80s, could it get any better?

And, oh yeah, that urban legend about MTV vee-jay Martha Quinn being one of the girls in the video? Turns out, it was all just a rumor. It wasn’t her, but… that’s okay. I understand. This ain’t no never-never land.

The J. Geils band would never have another hit quite like “Centerfold” (though “Freeze-Frame” would come close), and it still lives today as one of those classic tunes that defined a decade… our favorite decade.

We ♥ Centerfold.

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~ by weheart80s on April 12, 2010.

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