They’re not in already? That’s what some Boston music fans must have thought when they woke Tuesday to discover that the J. Geils Band had been nominated again for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band has been nominated three times before.
Tupac Shakur and Pearl Jam are the obvious headliners on the list of this year’s Hall of Fame nominees, but it’s worth noting that the J. Geils Band, the feisty blues-rock band born in Mission Hill in the late ’60s, has been once more deemed worthy to be on the Hall of Fame ballot.
The band — singer Peter Wolf, guitarist J. Geils, keyboardist Seth Justman, harmonica player Magic Dick, bassist Danny Klein, and drummer Stephen Jo Bladd — were a live act revered by fans for their raucous concerts. But even if the J. Geils Band didn’t have a string of hits — 1981’s “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame” were their biggest — they have an impressive ouevre that includes “Houseparty,” “Give It Up,” “Looking for a Love,” “Musta Got Lost,” “Where Did Our Love Go?” “Detroit Breakdown,” “Sanctuary,” and “Love Stinks.”
Because the band’s heyday preceded MTV, which might have given them national exposure, J. Geils are considered by some to be a regional act. (They’re very popular in Detroit, but a hardcore J. Geils fans in Los Angeles is an exotic.) The band broke up in 1983, just as it appeared they were poised for stardom after scoring a No. 1 album with “Freeze Frame.”
The J. Geils Band isn’t the only Boston band on this year’s list of Hall of Fame nominees. The Cars, whose first try at induction fell short last year, is on the list. Other nominees include Journey, Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Chic, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5, the Zombies, and Yes.