Although guitarist Jerome Geils founded the Boston blues band called the J.Geils Band in 1967, the band didn’t score major hits until the 1980s when keyboard player Seth Justman began writing the songs and changing the bands direction from guitar heavy blues rock to a more keyboard and synth centred new wave sound.
Justman’s brother Peter was a filmmaker and likely the inspiration for many film metaphors in the song Freeze Frame. Terms like Rough Cut, Flashback, Zoom Lens, Proof Sheet, Hot flash as well as the songs title feature prominently in the songs lyrics.
The song has a very unusual opening. It’s simply the band yelling “Freeze Frame,” and then the sound effect of series of camera clicks.