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There were many pseudo-hippie, jam-oriented blues rockers in New York during the early '90s, but only the Spin Doctors made it big. And they made it big because not only could they immerse themselves in a groove, they also had concise pop skills. "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes" were cleverly written singles, full of clean, blues-inflected licks and ingratiating pop melodies. Pocket Full of Kryptonite had been around for nearly a year when MTV and radio began playing "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," but once they started playing it, they couldn't stop. The Spin Doctors became an overnight sensation, selling millions of albums around the world. Their second album, 1994's Turn It Upside Down, didn't sell very well when it was released, largely because the first single, "Cleopatra's Cat," was a failed experiment in funk. But the second single, "You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast," was in the vein of "Two Princes," and the album began to sell after the song was released. In the summer of 1996, the Spin Doctors released You've Got to Believe in Something. After the album failed to make an impression on the charts, the Spin Doctors were dropped from Epic in the fall of 1996. After a couple of years, the group found a new label; their first record for Uptown/Universal, Here Comes the Bride, appeared in the summer of 1999. It was seemingly their swan song, however. By this point, original members Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White (bass) had left the band, and Barron's voice was failing him. The Spin Doctors broke up, and the greatest-hits set Just Go Ahead Now appeared like a nail in their coffin. Their journey wasn't quite over, however. The band reunited for a series of shows in 2001 and 2002, and they used that momentum to head back into the studio, where they recorded Nice Talking to Me. The album was released by Ruff Nation/Universal in fall 2005. Over the next few years, the Spin Doctors toured semi-regularly, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pocket Full of Kryptonite in 2011 with a deluxe edition and a supporting tour. Between these tours, Barron pursued some side projects, including the 2009 solo album Pancho and the Kid. The Spin Doctors regrouped in 2013 for their first album in eight years, the all-blues If the River Was Whiskey. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Spin Doctors

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    10 songs

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    If the River Was Whiskey

    27 songs

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    Pocket Full of Kryptonite [20th Anniversary Edition]

    15 songs

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Spin Doctors

    14 songs

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    Here Comes the Bride

    12 songs

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    You've Got to Believe in Something

    13 songs

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    Turn It Upside Down

    10 songs

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    Pocket Full of Kryptonite

    17 songs

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    Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective

    10 songs

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    Homebelly Groove...Live

    28 songs

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    Songs From the Road

    18 songs

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    The Best Of

    11 songs

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    Nice Talking to Me

    13 songs

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    Two Princes - The Best Of

    4 songs

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    4 Hits: Spin Doctors

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    You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast

    13 songs

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    Pocket Full of Kryptonite

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    Up for Grabs...Live


Top Songs by
Spin Doctors

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Two Princes
  3.   Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
  4.   Jimmy Olsen's Blues
  5.   If the River Was Whiskey
  6.   Spanish Castle Magic
  7.   Freeway of the Plains/Lady Kerosene
  8.   Rosetta Stone
  9.   Cleopatra's Cat
  10.   Yo Baby
  11.   Shinbone Alley
  12.   Yo Mamas a Pajama
  13.   Big Fat Funky Booty
  14.   At This Hour
  15.   What Time Is It?
  16.   Sweet Widow
  17.   What Time Is It?/Off My Line
  18.   Refrigerator Car
  19.   Hungry Hamed's House
  20.   If Wishes Were Horses
  21.   House
  22.   Can't Say No
  23.   To Make Me Blue
  24.   So Bad
  25.   Ben's Looking Out the Window Blues
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