‘Freeze-Frame’ vs. ‘Photograph’ – Clash of the Titans
Generally speaking, most rock songs aren't terribly concerned with the art of photography. But there have been a few notable exceptions, and we're pitting two of the biggest against one another in this installment of Clash of the Titans.
In one corner, we've got the J. Geils Band's 'Freeze-Frame,' the second of three hits from their 1981 LP of the same name. The record's previous single, 'Centerfold,' hit No. 1, as did the album itself -- and although 'Freeze-Frame' failed to match those heights, it did all right for itself, reaching No. 4 on the pop chart. Unfortunately, it'd also serve as the group's final Top 10 hit, as frontman Peter Wolf's departure in 1983 precipitated a steep commercial decline and, ultimately, the J. Geils Band's breakup.
In our other corner, we have Def Leppard's 'Photograph,' the hit leadoff single from the band's 1983 'Pyromania' LP. A precursor to the massive success they'd enjoy later in the decade, it peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100 and topped the rock chart, followed by subsequent 'Pyromania' hits 'Rock of Ages' and 'Foolin'' (the album's final single, 'Too Late for Love,' was also a hit at rock-radio formats).
So which track gets your vote in this Clash of the Titans matchup? Check them both out below, and remember: you can cast a ballot once an hour between now and when voting ends on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 11:59PM ET.
Listen to the J. Geils Band, 'Freeze-Frame'
Listen to Def Leppard, 'Photograph'