“I didn’t want to make I’m in you“, says Frampton Guitar world. “I didn’t even bother to hand it in; I didn’t like it. I knew it wasn’t good enough, but everyone was ‘Rush, rush, rush’. I would wait until I had the best material I could come up with, no matter how long that would take.”
“I lost a cassette tape that had a lot of ideas on it – it was devastating to me,” he continued. “I remembered some of them, but not all of them. Most of my new material that I had up until then disappeared. It was a painful record to make.”
Despite that, the initial response was good. “Even though ‘I’m In You’ was a huge single in the US and the album went straight up the charts straight away, things went downhill pretty quickly,” Frampton said. “That I’m in you tour was fine, it was good. So after that, when it had sunk in, I think that’s when I started to lose a lot of the audience. That was the situation. I felt like I was in a sinking ship.”
Then schoolmate Bowie invited Frampton to play on his 1987 album Never let me falland made him a member of Glass Spider touring band. It revitalized the guitarist’s career and “changed my credibility,” Frampton said. “A teenybopper star, his career is about 18 months – whereas a musician’s career is a lifetime. I’m a musician first and foremost. David gave me back the credibility to go on and bring people back to me.”
Still, it took Frampton a while to realize how much Bowie had helped: “I can never thank him enough for that. He knew what he did for me before I knew what he did for me.”
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