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Geils Band J - Centerfold tab

From: (DanAmrich)

                      by the J. Geils Band
          Transcribed by Dan Amrich (

     An 80's classic, and it's real easy.  All you need are three
chords and that infectious riff and you've got a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
The riff:
B --/12-----12-10---------------------------10--------10--------
G ----------------12-12----12-9-12-12--9-12----12-12------------
D --------------------------------------------------------------
A --------------------------------------------------------------
E --------------------------------------------------------------

E ------10------------------------------------------------------
B ---12-----12-10---------------------------10------------------
G ----------------12-12----12-9-12-12--9-12----12-12------------
D --------------------------------------------------------------
A --------------------------------------------------------------
E --------------------------------------------------------------

During the verses, part of the riff is played an octave lower:

E --------------------------------------------------------------
B -------------------------------------------------------------
G -------7----------------OR------7-----------------------------
D ----/9---9--7--5--5----------/9---9--7------------------------
A ----------------------------------------10--10----------------
E --------------------------------------------------------------

There are other places to play it on the neck too; do what's most

The chords are a simple G, F, C through most of the song:

    G       (MUTE)   F          C          F         C
E ------------------------------------------------------------
B --12--12--X-X-X-X--10-10-----------------10-----------------
G --12--12--X-X-X-X--10-10------9---9------10--------9--------
D --12--12--X-X-X-X--10-10------10--10-----10--------10-------
A --10--10--X-X-X-X--8--8----0--10--10-----8---------10-------
E ------------------------------8---8----------------8--------
 My blood runs cold        MY   memory has just been sold

If that proves too daunting (or you have a second guitarist) then
play it as open chords.  This particular voicing is what I
believe Mr. Geils (yes, he exists and was the guitarist) to be
playing on the recording.  

The pre-chorus:

     Em                                  Am          G   D
E ---0-----------------------------------0-----------3---2-------
B ---0-----------------------------------1-----------0---3-------
G ---0-----------------------------------2-----------0---2-------
D ---2-----------------------------------2-----------0---0-------
A ---2-----------------------------------0-----------2-----------
E ---0-----------------------------------0-----------3-----------

   A part of me has just been ripped the pages of my mind are

And that's pretty much all you need to know.  No solo, and the
rest is easy if you try it with the song, even that little low
riff after the false ending.  Towards the fade out, Peter Wolf
sings a harmony to the main riff on "Na-na", which you can play
on guitar if you choose:

E /12-10-10-12-10-10--10-10-8-8----8-10-8-8-10--and-repeat------
B ------------------------------10------------------------------
G --------------------------------------------------------------
D --------------------------------------------------------------
A --------------------------------------------------------------
E --------------------------------------------------------------

Dan Amrich
Welcome to life. Spelling counts.


Used to play this in a band I was in, but we rearranged it a bit - the lead 
guitar played the cheesy keyboard parts at the start etc.
Here's a rough idea :

G 	       F              C                 F   C	
Does she walk, does she talk, does she come complete

   G                    F           C               F   C
My home-brew, home-room angel, just pulled me to my feet

G                 F              C              F    C
She was pure like snowflakes, no one could ever stain

    G            F           C              F   C     
The memory of my angel could never cause me pain

    Em                             Am        C   D
The years go by I'm looking thru a girly magazine

    Em                           Am          C   D
And there's my ---- angel on the pages in between


   G              F        C          F         C 
My blood runs cold,     my memory has just been sold

   G            F          C             F         C
My angel is tha centrefold (angel is the centrefold)

My blood runs cold, my memory has just been sold

Da, da, da etc.... (I'll post this riff next time)

Hit the chords hard & sharp (listen to the record for the rythym.)
If time allows I'll recall the riff at the start and post an improved 
version tomorrow.


Date: 17 Jan 96 04:17:22 EST
From: Damian Giddins <>
Subject: j_geils_band/centrefold

J Geils Band "Centrefold"

This is my first transcription and so there will probably be a lot of mistakes, so any corrections can be sent to me and I'll then re-post it. This should help make up for the 250 or so transcriptions that I've downloaded!
I'm afraid there are no time signatures because I don't know how to illustrate them, but if you listen to the original you'll know what I mean.

Intro (Played on an organ on the original)
This is played through twice and then the other instruments come in and it is played twice again.

E	------------------------------------------
B	------------------------------------------
G	---7--------------------------------------
D	-9---9-7-------------------------7-------7
A	---------10-10---10-7-10-10-7-10---10-10--
E	------------------------------------------

Main Riff
	The main riff consists of the chords G F C F in that order. To get the actual pattern of the strums you'll have to listen to the original.

	 F   G   C
E	-1- -3- -3-
B	-1- -3- -4-
G	-2- -4- -4-
D	-3- -5- -4-
A	-3- -5- -3-
E	-1- -3- -X-

(Riff 1) Pre Chorus
	The pre chorus follows each verse as a continuation ie there's no gap in between the verse and pre-chorus.
I think this is on the lightly distorted guitar and has a vibrato to it, wobble the headstock if you don't have a tremelo for the first E note. Repeat it twice for each pre chorus

E	-----------------------------------------------------------
B	-----------------------------------------------------------
G	-----------------------------------------------------------
D	-----------------------------------------------------------
A	------------------------3--5-------------------------------
E	--0----------5---------------------------------------------

(Riff 2) Just before the last line of each chorus

E	-----------------------------------------------------------
B	-----------------------------------------------------------
G	----7------------------------------------------------------
D	--9---9-7--------------------------------------------------
A	----------10-10--------------------------------------------
E	-----------------------------------------------------------

(Riff 3) The following four sections come during the third verse, about 2 minutes into the song, again you'll have to listen to the song to figure out where but they are played once each in the order I've shown.

E	-------------|-----------------|---------|-------10--------
B	-------------|--------------8--|---8-10^-|-11-11^---8------
G	-------------|-----------------|---------|-----------------
D	--8----------|---10-8----------|---------|-----------------
A	----10-8-10--|--------10-10----|---------|-----------------
E	-------------|-----------------|---------|-----------------

The words

	Does she walk, Does she talk
	Does she come complete
	My homeroom homeroom angel
	Has pulled me from my seat
	She was pure like snowflakes
	No one could ever stain
	The memory of my angel
	Had never caused me pain
Riff 1
	The years go by I'm looking through a girly magazine
	And there's my homeroom angel on the pages in between

	My blood runs cold
	My memory has just been sold
	My angel is the centrefold
	My blood runs cold
	My memory has just been sold
   Riff 2
	Angel is the centrefold

	Slip me notes under the desk
	While I was thinking about her dress
	I was shy, I turned away
	Before she caught my eye
	I was shaking in my shoes
	Whenever she flashed those baby blues
	Something had a hold on me
	When my angel passes by
  Riff 1
	Those soft ? sweaters, to magical to touch
	To see her in that negligee is really just to much


Followed by the
	Na na na na na na
you know the bit I mean!
this is played with the same rythmn as the chorus

	It's ok I understand
	This ain't no never never land
	I hope that when this issues gone
	I'll see you when your clothes are on
	Take your car, yes we will
	We'll take your car and drive it
	Take it to a motel room
	And take them off in private
  Riff 1
	A prt of me has just been ripped
	The pages from my mind are stripped
	Oh no, I can't deny it
	Oh yeah, I guess I gotta buy it 


If anybody has found this usefull or thinks it's a load of Bollocks
please Email me as critism will be accepted with a baptism of fire 

Damian Giddins
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