HAN’S WORST HITS OF THE 70’S- ‘I’M IN YOU’ – PETER FRAMPTON

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Han’s Worst Hits of the 70’s today takes aim at “I’m In You” by Peter Frampton. Peter Frampton was riding a high high after his blockbuster coming out party “Frampton Comes Alive in 1976. The double live album sold like hot cakes. Everyone I knew my age had a copy. I did too. I wasn’t a great fan of it but there are some albums back then that it seemed like everyone had- Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Boston’s debut album, The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. A few years later it was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Anyway- Frampton in 1976 wasn’t a rookie-he had been in Humble Pie, he then had four solo studio albums to his name. Frampton Comes Alive was a case of great timing I guess. It was kind of a ‘greatest hits’ live- expect up to that point he was hit-less.

So in 1977 Frampton comes out with his next studio album after he hit sudden superstardom. I’m In You was the name of the album- I remember my sister bought the album. It went to #2 on the album charts. There were two hit singles- the second single was a cover of  Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”- it went to #18- and was fine for what it was.  The first single though was one of the low points of 20th century culture. The dreadful “I’m In You.” I”m In You went to #2 on the singles chart- the only song keeping it from #1 was his fellow ‘teen idol’ Andy Gibb’s ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything.”  Frampton would say about this period of his life- “That was probably the least favorite period of my life,” Frampton later recalled of the era and album. “The pressure was so great. There was absolutely no need to do I’m in You then and there. The biggest mistake was just not shutting down at that point. I had so much out there. The world was going crazy about Comes Alive! I didn’t need to go and rush into something else. You’re only as good as your last record, so don’t put one out for a while.”

There were a few things that put an end to the short run of being a superstar for Frampton. The first in chronological order was this embarrassment of a single. I even felt bad for him [the great Frank Zappa would poke fun at poor Peter a couple years later on his Sheik Yerbouti album with a song called “I Have Been In You.”} It was certainly a song that invited ridicule. Frampton got what he deserved. I’m In You is brutal. There are two superstars that appeared on the song but even Mick Jagger- background vocals and Stevie Wonder-synthesizer couldn’t save this one. Another mistake Frampton made on this album which looked like something some ‘teen idol’ would do not a serious rock musician. He lost a lot of credibility with the double combo of a wimpy song and trying to join forces with Shawn Cassidy/ Leif Garrett with the album cover. Sad.

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The next thing he did that was a career killer- being a major part as Billy Shears  in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band movie which was painful to watch and while it did have a couple decent songs on the soundtrack Got To Get You Into My Life by Earth, Wind and Fire and Come Together by Aerosmith come to mind- the songs Frampton did were not one bit memorable. Frampton’s years as a star were pretty much over. He is still around- a respected musician. He was probably never star material- he certainly wasn’t a great or interesting songwriter. I think overall he did pretty well for himself. I wonder if he plays I”m In You in concert? I bet he doesn’t.

 

 

 

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19 responses to “HAN’S WORST HITS OF THE 70’S- ‘I’M IN YOU’ – PETER FRAMPTON

  1. Whew, this song is really lame. What sucks about it is… Peter is a talented guitar player no doubt. Bowie recruited him in his band in the 80s. He listened to the wrong people here…and doing Sgt Pepper.

    • Maybe it came down to listening to the wrong agent- record company executives.. I think no matter what there was not going to be any matching the live album- but his career could have been handled better at that point.

  2. Wow, I loved this song when it came out. But I was a young girl then. Now I agree, it is cringe worthy. He headlined my first big stadium concert, in the summer of 1977, and he didn’t even do the song then. They played the album as people were leaving at the end of the show, so I heard it there, but not live.

    • I think it ins one of those things he regrets. In the quote he did say he should have waited a bit longer… of course back then it was strike while the fire is still hot and the record company wanted product.. even though he didn’t have the songs to properly follow up on Frampton Comes ALive.

    • Woops, I hit the send button accidentally. I was saying that while FCA was being its own phenomenon, they weren’t paying attention and were instead trying to turn him into a teen idol, it seems. Maybe that’s what you were saying in your post. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I see it now looking back. He was too legit for teen idol status. It is too bad someone didn’t put the brakes on and look at where things should go from the live album. He’s still great live today. I’ve seen him a couple of times in recent years, and to my knowledge, he still doesn’t do this song, lol.

    • yes I think the blame can probably be places at managers/ music execs. He was stlll a young guy- he was a musician- in his later statement I think he realized the mistake–and wishes he could have just taken a couple years off recording and get new material but back then that wasn’t in the game plan for artists

  3. The words “I’m in you…you’re in me” are as bad as the words, “Havin’ my baby…what a wonderful way to say you really love me.” Both make the hair stand up on the back of my neck. And not in a good way.

  4. Like runsewread, I loved this song when it came out (I too had – and loved – “Frampton Comes Alive”), but nearly cringe when I hear it now. I’ve always been a sucker for sweeping orchestration, and loved the soaring piano and guitar riffs, though I realized even back then that Frampton’s vocals weren’t up to task on this song. He’s so pitchy and flat that it’s like nails on a chalkboard.

  5. I remember really liking FCA at the time and buying this when I came out and being really disappointed. Luckily never was exposed to the sgt Pepper album til recently.

    • When the Sgt Pepper movie and album out a lot of hype about it–but both were immediately panned as turkey’s. I think it put the finishing touches on any hopes the record companies had for Frampton.

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