Centerfold Tab (ver 2) - J Geils Band

"J Geils Band"

 J Geils Band - Centerfold (ver 2) Guitar Tab
    Centerfold Tab
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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
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
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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
    Tablature player for this song:
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     The J. Geils Band was an American rock band who were formed in
1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, that had a successful
R&B-influenced blues rock sound in the 1970s, before moving
towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s, which brought them
MTV airplay and their 1982 international hit single
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