Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Come Back" by The J. Geils Band

Song#:  0036
Date:  02/02/1980
Debut:  82
Peak:  32
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Originally the band was a blues outfit but incorporated more rock along the way. They were known more for their live shows than their recordings. They had several middling hits throughout the 70s with their best effort being the #12 "Must of Got Lost" in 1974. As the 80s approached, they began to incorporated more pop into their sound and it was starting to pay off. This single was the first of three to hit the chart from their "Love Stinks" album.

ReduxReview:  I run hot and cold with the J. Geils Band. This one leans cold. It sounds like one of those jams that's better in concert than on record. It has some nuances of 50s pop with some Stones swagger. I think the keyboard kind of cheapens it a bit and maybe that's what throws me off. I don't remember it from back then and I'm not likely to remember it going forward.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Lead vocalist Peter Wolf was married to actress Faye Dunaway from 1974-1979. Hmmm...strange how "Love Stinks" came out soon after...



  1. =Love Stinks=? This song stinks. I guess I never listened to =Love Stinks= as I don't remember such hackneyed keyboards on the J. Geils records ("Love Stinks" is a pretty good tune, tho). - M

  2. Chart Run: 82 - 71 - 56 - 50 - 44 - 40 - 36 - 32 - 32 - 39 - 54 - 95