Do You Feel Like We Do ~ Peter Frampton


peter-framtonPeter Frampton is a British/American musician, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd, among others.

Frampton first became interested in music when he was only seven years old. He discovered his grandmother’s banjolele (a banjo-shaped ukulele) in the attic. Teaching himself to play, he became near-obsessed, and upon receiving a guitar and piano, from his parents, taught himself those instruments as well. At age eight he started taking classical music lessons.

Early influences were Cliff Richard & The Shadows (featuring guitarist Hank Marvin) and American rockers Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, and then the Ventures and the Beatles. His father introduced him to Belgian gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

By the age of ten, Frampton played in a band called The Little Ravens. Both he and David Bowie were pupils at Bromley Technical School where Frampton’s father, Owen Frampton, was an art teacher and head of the Art department. The Little Ravens played on the same bill at school as Bowie’s band, George and the Dragons. Peter and David would spend time together at lunch breaks, playing Buddy Holly songs.

At the age of 11, Peter was playing with a band called The Trubeats followed by a band called The Preachers, produced and managed by Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones.

He became a successful child singer, and in 1966, he became a member of The Herd. He was the lead guitarist and singer, scoring a handful of British teenybopper hits. Frampton was named “The Face of 1968” by the UK press.

In early 1969, when Frampton was 18 years old, he joined with Steve Marriott of The Small Faces to form Humble Pie.

While playing with Humble Pie, Frampton also did session recording with other artists, including: Harry Nilsson, Jim Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as George Harrison’s solo “All Things Must Pass”, in 1971, and John Entwistle’s “Whistle Rymes”, in 1972. During the Harrison session he was introduced to the ‘talk box’ that has become his trademark guitar sound.

In June 1978, Frampton was involved in a near fatal car accident in the Bahamas, suffering multiple broken bones, concussion and muscle damage. Dealing with the pain of the accident contributed to a brief problem with drug abuse.

Do You Feel Like We Do

“Do You Feel Like We Do” is a song by Peter Frampton originally appearing on the Frampton’s Camel album that he released in 1973. The song became one of the highlights of his live performances in the following years, and it became one of the three hit singles released from his Frampton Comes Alive! album, released in 1976. The live version was recorded at the State University of New York Plattsburgh’s Memorial Hall.  This live version is featured in Guitar Hero 5 and as downloadable content for Rock Band 3.

The song was written and composed in the early 1970s with members of Frampton’s band, then called “Frampton’s Camel.” It was released on the 1973 Frampton’s Camel album. This version was relatively short, at least compared to the whopping duration of the live version (approximately 14 minutes), with the studio recording totaling 6 minutes and 44 seconds, and it was not released as a single.

After the lack of success of his “Camel,” Frampton performed under his own name and began touring the United States extensively for the next two years, supporting acts such as The J. Geils Band and ZZ Top, as well as performing his own shows at smaller venues. As a result, he developed a strong live following while his albums sold moderately and his singles failed to chart.

“Do You Feel Like We Do” became the closing number of his set and one of the highlights of his show. His concert version was considerably longer, with the version recorded on “Frampton Comes Alive!” alone exceeding 14 minutes, 4 of which are spent in the rock intro, 4 in the loud rock subito fortissimo outro, and 6 in the long, quiet bridge, featuring several instrumental solos utilizing Bob Mayo’s keyboard and Frampton’s guitar and talk box skills (see below). Most famously of these were the aforementioned talk box solos, which were performed using an effects pedal that redirects a guitar’s sound through a tube into the performer’s mouth, allowing the guitar to mimic human speech, similarly to a vocoder. Following the success of the talk box solos, Frampton subsequently marketed such talk boxes under his own “Framptone” brand. To this day, Frampton is considered an exemplary talk box performer, with his solos arguably being the selling point of some of his albums and songs.

As a result of the strength of Frampton’s live show, A&M Records decided to release a live album taped when Frampton performed at Winterland in San Francisco.Frampton Comes Alive! was originally going to be a single album until Jerry Moss asked, “Where’s the rest?”  “Do You Feel Like We Do” was one of the tracks added to the album as a result of the decision to expand the album into a double album. The selection had been recorded live on November 22, 1975 on the college campus of SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, New York.

“Do You Feel Like We Do” was released as the third single from Frampton Comes Alive! in September 1976. On September 8, U.S. President Gerald Ford invited him to stay at the White House as a result of the success of Frampton Comes Alive! It was edited down extensively for the 45 RPM single and promo single for pop radio stations, but the said single version was still 7 minutes long. Many radio stations were known to edit the song down even further, to make it fit into the then-tightly-programmed AM radio formats. It reached number 10 on the US pop charts and number 39 in the UK, making it one of the longest songs to reach the US top 10.

Many album-oriented rock stations played the full 14 minute length version, most notably WBCN in Boston, Massachusetts. WBCN is credited with being the first album rock station to play the full length of the album on air.

The title of the song is “Do You Feel Like We Do,” although the lyrics read, “Do you feel like I do?” Only after Bob Mayo’s keyboard solo in the Frampton Comes Alive!version does Frampton sing, “Do you feel like we do?” He then sings “Do you feel like we do?” through the talk box in the midst of his extended guitar solo.

Do You Feel Like We Do – Frampton

Woke up this morning
With a wine glass in my hand
Whose wine, what wine?
Where the hell did I dine?

Must have been a dream
I don’t believe where I’ve been
Come on let’s do it again

Do you, you feel like I do?
Do you, you feel like I do?

My friend got busted just the other day
They said don’t walk
Don’t walk, don’t walk away

He drove into a taxi bent the boot hit the back
Had to play some music
Otherwise he’d crack

Do you, you feel like I do?
Do you, you feel like I do?

Do you, you feel like I do?
How do you feel?
Do you, you feel like I do?

Champagne for breakfast
And a sherman in my hand
Bright top, blue tails it never fails

Must have been a dream
I don’t believe where I’ve been
Come on let’s do it again?

Do you, you feel like I do?
Do you, you feel like I?

Yeah, do you feel like we do?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

  • Audio from the 1976 album, Frampton Comes Alive:


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