January 28th, 1980 (#18 US)
Come Back – (#32 US)
Love Stinks – March 31st, 1980 (#38 US)
Just Can’t Wait – June 16th, 1980 (#78 US)
Rolling Stone, #314 – By Ed Levine
But the rest of the record is plagued by indifferent material and Seth Justman’s bloated, uneven, synthesizer-dominated production. “Come Back” spotlights a Eurodisco feel that simply sounds incongruous, while the title track is marred by banal lyrics and a mundane melody. “Tryin’ Not to Think about It” carries a heavy-metal intro that seems unconnected to the body of the tune. “No Anchovies, Please” is an embarrassing talking song that could be a Firesign Theater reject.
Love Stinks is a step backward for J. Geils. One can only hope that whatever inspired the group on Monkey Island can be rediscovered and used again. Indeed, some inspiration would appear essential if the J. Geils Band is going to evolve toward a more distinct and original musical identity.
Magazine Unknown, CD re-issue (Beat Goes On BGOCD 262) – By ?
Sadly this 1980 album does not include the spunky “Centerfold,” the bands best attempt to make friends with the British public. Vocalist Peter Wolf who later went solo, does an entertaining turn, but otherwise it’s just generic American R&B with a cute title. (**)