On this day in music history: October 26, 1981 – “Freeze…

On this day in music history: October 26, 1981 – “Freeze Frame”, the twelfth album by The J. Geils Band is released. Produced by Seth Justman, it is recorded at Long View Farm Studios in North Brookfield, MA from Late 1980 – Mid 1981. Following success of their previous album “Love Stinks”, the Worchester, MA based band return to the studio in the Fall of 1980 to begin work on the follow up. Their twelfth release features additional support from background vocalists Cissy Houston, Luther Vandross, Tawatha Agee, Fonzi Thornton, and Kenny Williams as well as horn players “Blue Lou” Marini, Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin, Tom “Bones” Malone, Randy Brecker and George Young. All of the material on the album is written by keyboardist Seth Justman (with lead singer Peter Wolf co-writing four songs). The end result is The J. Geils Band’s most successful album. It spins off four singles including “Centerfold” (#1 Pop) and the title track (#4 Pop). The band benefits heavily from the large amount of airplay given to the songs’ accompanying music videos on MTV and other video outlets. The track “Flamethrower” (#25 R&B, #30 Album Rock), originally released as the B-side of “Freeze Frame” becomes a surprise breakout hit, receiving significant airplay on black radio as well as becoming a dance floor favorite. “Freeze Frame” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.