This song was written by J. Geils Band lead singer Peter Wolf and keyboard player Seth Justman, who also produced the album. Wolf brought an energy and swagger to the songs he worked on, while Justman was often the creative engine, specializing in various keyboard sounds.
Justman joined the band a few years after they formed, adding piano and organ to their mix, and quickly becoming a primary songwriter. The group was one of the first rock bands to emerge from Boston, with a sound that also incorporated blues and soul. Throughout the '70s, they earned widespread acclaim but just modest chart success, with their most successful song the 1974 track "Must Of Got Lost," which made #12 US.
In the '80s, keyboards came into vogue, which was perfect for Justman. His song "Centerfold
" was the first single from the Freeze Frame
album, and a monster hit, going to US #1 in February 1982 and staying for six weeks. "Freeze-Frame" was the next single, and it peaked at #4 in April. In March, Peter Wolf was on the cover of Rolling Stone
(sharing space with the subhead: "Herpes, The Pill, VD: Why Sex Isn't Fun Anymore"). They went from club gigs to arenas, opening for The Rolling Stones. The fame was sudden, and few outside of Boston knew that the band had been around since 1967.