Sunday, time for a classic.
Peter Frampton’s "Show Me The Way" was originally featured on the guitarist's 1975 "Frampton" album and the live take from "Frampton Comes Alive!", released the following year.
Frampton is deservedly celebrated for his guitar playing and songwriting, but should also be recognized as a survivor in an industry that chews up and spits out even the best of them.
The longevity of his career is nothing short of remarkable. Remember, he started out as the vocalist and guitarist in the British teen band THE HERD, and then followed that up by co-founding the mighty HUMBLE PIE before going solo.
Frampton released four mildly successful solo albums before millions and millions of copies of "Frampton Comes Alive!" surprisingly flew off the record store shelves in 1976, and "Show Me The Way" is a big part of why his music suddenly clicked with audiences. It was also one of the first singles to introduce us to Frampton’s talk box skills, which to this day fascinates and entertains his followers. The victory of "Show Me The Way" is that the masses were more than willing to participate in Frampton’s quest. He was calling out for guidance and the audience made the connection. So, while the boys tried to figure out how he achieved that unique talk-box sound (could it be he got some inspiration from Joe Walsh?), girls across the globe were gazing upon the bronzed, shirtless blonde that was pinned up on their bedroom walls. Thirty plus years later, Frampton has proven, he knew the way all along.
The song was one of Frampton's earliest to feature the talk box effect, which would become one of his signature sounds. American alternative rock band DINOSAUR JR recorded it as a bonus track on their 1987 album "You're Living All Over Me". In May 2000, Peter Frampton revisited it in a performance with the FOO FIGHTERS, on Late Show with David Letterman. The song was also recorded in 2014 by Jake Kitchin for use as background music television commercials for Uncle Ben's Beginners rice.
Enjoy today's tune "Show Me the Way", Live Midnight Special 1975.
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