J Geils Band – One Last Kiss

What a rocking band they were in the 70s. They had one of the best frontmen in the era of Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Rod Stewart, and Mick Jagger. Peter Wolf could keep up with the best.

This song is different from their previous releases to this point in 1978. Their earlier music was more frantic and upbeat. I was listening to some of their seventies music and I had forgotten about this one. I love the guitar work in this song as subtle as it is. It doesn’t have a magical hook that gets you but it’s the feel of the song that I like. The song was written by Peter Wolf and Seth Justman.

The song peaked at #35 on the Billboard 100, 58 in Canada, and #74 in the UK in 1978. The song was off the album Sanctuary and it peaked at #49 in the Billboard 100 and #53 in Canada.

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The band came out of the Boston club scene in the late sixties. I always thought they should have been bigger than they were in the 1970s. They didn’t hit their commercial peak until the early 80s with Love Stinks, Come Back, and then the hugely popular Freeze-Frame album in 1983.

After the huge success of Freeze-Frame, Peter Wolf left. The band wanted to go in a techno/pop direction and Peter Wolf disagreed. They continued without their lead singer but weren’t too commercially successful.

One Last Kiss

Just one last kissBefore I walk out the doorI’m gonna hold you tighterThan I ever did before

And I, I never promised youThe things you promised meAnd I, I can’t justifyThe way it’s gotta be

And the good times are the best timesThe bad times fade awayThe good times are foreverBut now, baby, the last time is today

Just one more nightThere’s no time for anymoreI’m gonna tell you somethingThat you’ve never heard before

But I, I can’t find the wordsTo ease your lovers painAnd I, I know the feeling’s goneI can feel it in my veins

And the good times are the best timesThe bad times fade awayThe good times are foreverBut now, baby, the last time is today

One last kiss

And the good times are the best timesThe bad times fade awayThe good times are foreverBut now, baby, the last time is today

One last kiss

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

24 thoughts on “J Geils Band – One Last Kiss”

  1. You know Im a J Geils freak. They are up there with the most spins of any thing I listen to. And Max, Live they were frickn fantastic. Wolf kicked out some great solo work. I was reciting some “Geils” poetry to my gal the other day. A few lines from ‘First I Look At the Purse’. Only wish I could’ve taken credit for writing it. Good pick fella.

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  2. Oh, hell yes! I have never heard this, before but, I am preparing to snatch it from YT and put it in my phone play list. This has that 1978 feel I loved so much…haunting, harmony guitars…dark mood…

    Thanks for the intro!

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  3. I love that tune, Max, though you’re right it doesn’t sound much like J. Geils Band – neither did Centerfold or Freeze Frame. Based on that neat dual harmony guitar action, it reminds me more of Thin Lizzy than the Stones, though not as hard as Lizzy. While I generally prefer J Geils Band’s earlier music, this is a pretty nice-sounding song!

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