J. Geils Band keyboardist Seth Justman, who wrote “Centerfold,” celebrates his 70th birthday today (January 27th) The band had no idea it would be a single, let alone a hit. It was on the album Freeze-Frame and it reached # 1 J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf says that as they were getting ready to release their Freeze-Frame album in 1981, the group had no idea what “Centerfold” would become for them.
“We really didn’t think it was going to be a single. We were actually doing a video for ‘Angel in Blue.’ The president of the record company EMI, his name was Jim Mazza, called me up and said, ‘Wolf, what are you doing?’ I said, ‘Well, we’re making a video of “Angel in Blue.”‘ He goes, ‘Well, we’re changing the single.’ And I said, ‘Jim, we can’t do that, can we? I mean, we’re right in the middle of a video.’ He said, ‘Well, just finish the video and then start on another one.’ I said, ‘Yeah, they’re doing the “Centerfold.” I don’t know. It’s a strange song to pick, maybe, for a first single. Who knows?’ But it became our biggest record.”