Thursday, October 15, 2015

J. Geils Band: Freeze Frame (1981)

The J. Geils Band perform “Freeze Frame,” the title track of the 1981 album, also called Freeze Frame. The song, written by Seth Justman and Peter Wolf, plays on the cinematic and photographic terms related to time and motion and relates these to erotic love, or desire in this fast-paced song.

Technically speaking, a freeze-frame shot is, Wikipedia says, “used when one shot is printed in a single frame several times, in order to make an interesting illusion of a still photograph.” The effect is used often in TV and in film to draw in the viewer’s attention. It is also often done in black-and-white to act as a contrast to current events occurring on the screen.

This was a popular song. reaching No. 1 in both Canada and the United States. The members of the band are as follows: J. Geils, Magic Dick Salwitz , Danny Klein, Peter Wolf, Stephen Jo Bladd and Seth Justman. The band formed in 1967, with its core members hailing from Worcester, Massachusetts

Freeze Frame
by Seth Justman & Peter Wolf

I could see it was a rough-cut Tuesday
Slow-motion weekdays stare me down
Her lipstick reflex got me wound
There were no defects to be found
Snapshot image froze without a sound

Thursday morning was a hot flash-factor
Her face still focused in my mind
Test-strip proof-sheet love is hard to find
Friday night we'll dance the spotlight grind
Stop-time heart for me if she's not mine

Freeze-frame! (Freeze-frame!) [Repeat x2]
Freeze-frame! Now Freeze!

Now I'm lookin’ at a flashback Sunday
Zoom lens feelings just won’t disappear
Close-up darkroom sweet-talk in my ear
Her hot-spot love for me is strong
This freeze-frame moment can’t be wrong

Freeze frame