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This song is about a hangover.
Frampton first released this in 1973 with his group Frampton's Camel. It was on their self-titled album, and not released as a single. It became a big hit in 1976 when Frampton included it on Frampton Comes Alive, which shot him to stardom and became the best-selling live album ever, at least until live albums by Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen and The Eagles surpassed it.
On the live version, Frampton used a talkbox, a device hooked up to his guitar amp that allowed him to make distorted vocal sounds through a tube in his mouth. Other groups had success with the device around that time (Aerosmith used it on "Sweet Emotion" the year before), but Frampton became known for it because he played a talkbox solo on this. Every time he formed words, the crowd went nuts, especially when he sounded out "I want to thank you," which came out sounding like "I want to f--k you."
Frampton Comes Alive was recorded at Winterland in San Francisco. "Show Me The Way" (which also featured a talkbox) and "Baby I Love Your Way" were also hits off the album.
The live version runs 14:15. Disc jockeys often used it as a chance to grab a smoke or go to the bathroom.
Frampton still plays this at his concerts, where it continues to be a big hit.
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