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.
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.