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somehow I'm thinking these guys were more cornball than anything, but a few of their songs were actually entertaining. overall, though, I'd say they were closer to D than c.

uh (eetface), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:27 (fifteen years ago) link

i used to think they were ripping off the blue aeroplanes. i don't know why.

keith m (keithmcl), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:31 (fifteen years ago) link

hold on, this analysis is going to make me rethink everything I know about modern music.

teeny (teeny), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:32 (fifteen years ago) link

ahh spin doctor's i reminisce..they remind me of great summer vacations spent with family and friends..belting out two princes and pocketfull of kryptonite

jubietube, Monday, 10 May 2004 04:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I like that "Just go ahead now" ditty. Fantastic drumming on that one.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Can someone wake up Chuck Eddy now? Come on, it's only 2:30 AM in New York.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:25 (fifteen years ago) link

dudes we all know they sucked ass, definate dud.

lukey (Lukey G), Monday, 10 May 2004 07:32 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't think i could hate the people I hated at school any more than I did until they all started enjoying the spin doctors. Utter utter dud.

hmmm (hmmm), Monday, 10 May 2004 07:38 (fifteen years ago) link

No offence intended btw.

hmmm (hmmm), Monday, 10 May 2004 07:38 (fifteen years ago) link

The dud-est of' em all... I don't remember ever hating a band with more passion (4 Non-Blondes do get a shout-out, tho..)

Baaderoni (Fabfunk), Monday, 10 May 2004 07:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Couldn't really stand'em at the time, but I don't find them nearly as loathesome as Blues Traveller

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 10 May 2004 14:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I went to college with a guy who looked just like the singer (shaggy red hair, bushy beard, etc). People would always go up to him and say "Hey, what time is it?" He'd play along and say "Four thirtay," but I always secretly hoped he'd punch these people out.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Monday, 10 May 2004 14:25 (fifteen years ago) link

d

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 10 May 2004 14:28 (fifteen years ago) link

murry him or murry me?

http://seattlelivemusic.homestead.com/files/spin_doctors.jpg

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Monday, 10 May 2004 15:09 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
I don't know where my head is at, but I was in a store the other day and that album came on, and maybe I'd had just a little too much coffee and sunshine, but it started to sound pretty good.

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 04:16 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

"Two Princes" is the jam.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 3 January 2008 10:44 (eleven years ago) link

Yes, it's great.

moley, Thursday, 3 January 2008 12:20 (eleven years ago) link

sike

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 3 January 2008 12:26 (eleven years ago) link

Classic: "Two Princes"
Dud: Everything else by Spin Doctors

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 3 January 2008 12:47 (eleven years ago) link

Yea one two princes near before you.....

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Thursday, 3 January 2008 13:04 (eleven years ago) link

fuck that's KNEEL before you.....

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Thursday, 3 January 2008 13:05 (eleven years ago) link

they're pretty lame but they get props for starting a song "Been a whole lot easier since the bitch left town"

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Thursday, 3 January 2008 13:06 (eleven years ago) link

f u

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 3 January 2008 13:38 (eleven years ago) link

my girlfriend has an uncanny knack for asking "what time is it?" when it's 4:30, which makes me sing that stupid Spin Doctors song every time, and of course she has no idea what I'm talking about.

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 3 January 2008 13:50 (eleven years ago) link

oh shi

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 3 January 2008 13:52 (eleven years ago) link

anyone who posts to this thread should be required to list the number of spin doctors songs they've actually heard

gabbneb, Thursday, 3 January 2008 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

How many are on "Pocket Full of Kryptonite"? That many.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 3 January 2008 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

I have owned (and still own!) both Pocket Full Of Kryptonite and the one after that with "Cleopatra's Cat" on it (gimme a break, I was 12).

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 3 January 2008 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

I also briefly considered buying their 2nd live album, Homebelly Groove.

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 3 January 2008 15:33 (eleven years ago) link

How the mighty fell.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 3 January 2008 15:42 (eleven years ago) link

Idolator, not afraid to go after the tough targets.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 3 January 2008 15:44 (eleven years ago) link

They're perfectly harmless as a silly jammy band with dopey filler like the four-thirty thing, whatever. Meanwhile, though, "Two Princes" is one of my ten favorite songs of the decade, no question...while "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" are also both a lot of fun. Classic.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 3 January 2008 18:04 (eleven years ago) link

"Two Princes" is one of my ten favorite songs of the decade, no question

this thread keeps getting o_Oer

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 3 January 2008 18:05 (eleven years ago) link

my girlfriend has an uncanny knack for asking "what time is it?" when it's 4:30, which makes me sing that stupid Spin Doctors song every time, and of course she has no idea what I'm talking about.

naw... NAWW...

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 3 January 2008 18:58 (eleven years ago) link

the naw naw part is so grating.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:03 (eleven years ago) link

fortunately all I remember of the song is the title lyric

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:04 (eleven years ago) link

lol holy shit:

Ayatollah, hes hopping mad
Jibber about some damn jihad
Send me back to old baghdad
Spin doctor its oh so sad

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:04 (eleven years ago) link

Well Alex...

A-WHAT TIME IT?
FO'-THIRTY!
IT'S NOT LATE
naw... NAWW
IT'S JUSTA EARLAY! EARLAY!

seriously, i bet dudes would be remembered a lot better if it wasn't for Chris Barron's nawnaws and doobitybeepbediddydees and dubbadeebladobbadobbadobbadobbadobbas

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:06 (eleven years ago) link

Something about that Two Princes riff

Trip Maker, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:16 (eleven years ago) link

Cold War Kids are the new Spin Doctors. They suck in the exact same way, and the bass player wears the same stupid knit hats.

pgwp, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:31 (eleven years ago) link

Specialists gave Chris Barron a 50-50 chance of ever talking normally again let alone singing on a professional level when he was stricken with vocal chord paralysis. After a regime of everything from acupuncture to prescription steroids and intensive vocal training, Chris Barron is fully recovered and singing better than ever, winning audiences all over again as a solo artist with his sincerity and that vocal tone that has made his voice recognizable to millions all over the world.

chaki, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:34 (eleven years ago) link

good drummer. don't ever need to hear it again.

will, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:35 (eleven years ago) link

Also, that Sarah Silverman bit when Metalhead Brian is found to have Spin Doctors on his iPod. I thought that was the hackiest reference imaginable, until it was revealed that "Two Princes" was the ONLY song on his iPod, and then it was funny to me.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 3 January 2008 20:01 (eleven years ago) link

I don't have anything clever or useful to add. Just to reiterate that "Two Princes" is still the jam and even writing one good pop song makes you a hero in my book.

DustinR, Friday, 4 January 2008 13:34 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC-KaKAmmEY

gabbneb, Friday, 4 January 2008 14:31 (eleven years ago) link

Blues Traveler were better; and THEIR own token good song was better than "Two Princes". Which I eventually grew to like, even though as "funk" it was hopeless. Somebody should've bought them some old Steve Miller Band albums.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:13 (eleven years ago) link

No. You Should ask me. I am an expert.

gabbneb, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:19 (eleven years ago) link

They probably already had some Steve Miller records! Not saying "Two Princes" was as great as "Take the Money and Run" or "The Joker" (or the best songs off of, say, Joe Jackson's first 2 LPs), but off-hand, I can't think of another song from the '90s (or '00s) that's come closer. (Willing to hear nominations.) It was funkier than any other rock song to make it onto the radio in its decade. So cut them a break, Myonga! (And it and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" were way better than Blues Traveler's two hits! Which were okay, I guess--or at least better than anything I ever heard by Phish of moe. I still don't understand why more jam bands didn't sell out more. Some might have been good at it.)

xhuxk, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

..Phish or moe., I meant.

xhuxk, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

funkier than any other rock song to make it onto the radio in its decade

Mmmm...maybe there is some hair-metal straggler from 1990 (by Warrant or somebody) that could give it competition? Or something by Stone Temple Pilots? But I don't think so. (Oh wait -- "Mas Tequila" by Sammy Hagar was 1999, right? So maybe that one...)

xhuxk, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:26 (eleven years ago) link

Or...how funky was "Sister Havana" by Urge Overkill?

xhuxk, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

omg, i can't believe that sammy hagar had a solo hit in the 90s, which was a theme song for his brand of tequila, and that I actually remember how it goes. i can, however, believe that xhuxk thought it was funky.

Alex in Baltimore, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:40 (eleven years ago) link

I do have to concede in retrospect that Spin Doctors, like Dave Mathews, are much more hated for the manner in which they were listened to than for the inoffensive and sometimes catchy songs themselves. But I still don't need to hear them ever again.

I'd like xkuxk to compare and contrast "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and the Black Crowes' version of "Hard to Handle," since to me they seem to have basically the same virtues.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 4 January 2008 16:02 (eleven years ago) link

It was funkier than any other rock song to make it onto the radio in its decade.

Should we open this to a new thread? I'd be willing to see what ILX has to say on what song would be funkier...

"Sexx Laws" for starters...

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 4 January 2008 16:47 (eleven years ago) link

make it so

blueski, Friday, 4 January 2008 16:50 (eleven years ago) link

'sexx laws' -- hell of a rock song

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Friday, 4 January 2008 16:55 (eleven years ago) link

lol, "the manner in which they were listened to"

gabbneb, Friday, 4 January 2008 16:59 (eleven years ago) link

the manner in which to which they were listened???

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 4 January 2008 17:00 (eleven years ago) link

mow b'jow

gabbneb, Friday, 4 January 2008 17:01 (eleven years ago) link

The Spin Doctors were the J. Geils Band of the '90s: a boogie bar band whose live shows were insanely popular up and down the east coast before hitting big with pure radio/MTV pop. I don't think they had the talent of J. Geils, but their East Coast, big city funk shtick and silly fun is very much in that vein. In high school we always had fun when the Spin Doctors came to town. Those were good times. I haven't listened to that stuff in years, but I could never muster any hatred for them.

Maybe the "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" video, with all its flying paint, is a direct homage to "Freeze Frame"?

QuantumNoise, Friday, 4 January 2008 17:16 (eleven years ago) link

I'd like xkuxk to compare and contrast "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and the Black Crowes' version of "Hard to Handle,"

"Hard To Handle" is a great song to shoot pool too! And yeah, it definitely does give "Two Princes" a run for its funk money, come to think of it.

xhuxk, Friday, 4 January 2008 19:30 (eleven years ago) link

"Two Princes" may have been the hugest slice of funk to make it on rock radio in the '90s by default - I wouldn't really know for sure, having listened so infrequently and rarely by choice. All I ever got out of "Two Princes" was a fussy, hi-res unvarying drum pattern that sounded like hardcore-jungle slowed down and very little sense of forward motion. Running in place. If that was the biggest groove rock radio had to offer, then the decade was even more dismal than I assumed!

Myonga Vön Bontee, Friday, 4 January 2008 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

three years pass...

They are playing right now at a two star hotel on a Hawaiian beach. Just walked by on way home from dinner and heard a lengthy drum solo.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 21 August 2011 07:41 (eight years ago) link

^^Nice work if you can get it. They came through town not too long ago to do a theatre show w/Rick Springfield.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 21 August 2011 08:14 (eight years ago) link

Just got a Collector's Choice catalog in the mail and guess what? Sony's putting out a 2-disc "20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" of Pocketful....

Status Update...in my Seether? (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 06:04 (eight years ago) link

naw... NAWW...

― Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, January 3, 2008 1:58 PM (3 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

delmar dillinger (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 06:09 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/vulture/2011/10/03/03_chrisbarron-silo.o.PNG/a_250x375.png
this guy really cleaned up his act. proud of you dogg.

tylerw, Thursday, 6 October 2011 16:27 (eight years ago) link

just re-listened to Two Princes on Youtube. Singer sounds like kinda Evan Dando. Never noticed that before. Not listening to any other SD songs to find out if he sounds like him elsewhere as well.

chromecassettes, Thursday, 6 October 2011 23:01 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

Two Princes is one of my guiltiest pleasures. I secretly think it's one of the best songs of the 90's.

Moka, Friday, 1 June 2012 05:36 (seven years ago) link

There's a great Sarah Silverman episode where they discover that her gay friend who listens to tons of doom metal on his ipod actually only has one song on repeat-- "Two Princes."

Poliopolice, Friday, 1 June 2012 12:32 (seven years ago) link

Destroy, destroy, destroy. They were inescapable my freshman year of college and remind me of my tragic first apartment roommate, a hippie from PA who only listened to Spin Doctors and Blind Melon and thought being "a DICK" was the worst thing anyone could be, man.

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Friday, 1 June 2012 14:57 (seven years ago) link

Reading peoples' defenses of "Two Princes" really brings home to me how other people feel when I stan for "You Oughta Know."

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 1 June 2012 15:17 (seven years ago) link

There's a great Sarah Silverman episode where they discover that her gay friend who listens to tons of doom metal on his ipod actually only has one song on repeat-- "Two Princes."

― Poliopolice

lol I have a friend who is exactly this guy. Loads of doom metal on his ipod and suddenly you bump into random eurodance and corny hits from the 90s (e.g.: Two Princes, Paradisio's bailando, Real Mccoy's Another Night...).

Moka, Friday, 1 June 2012 15:50 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Graham played Spin Doctors at us on Tuesday.

http://devonrecordclub.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/spin-doctors-pocket-full-of-kryptonite-round-32-grahams-choice/

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 13 July 2012 12:29 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

http://popdose.com/in-defense-of-the-spin-doctors/

Lol at the "Two Princes" chords spelling D B(m) A G.

Damnit Janet Weiss & The Riot Grrriel (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 3 May 2014 01:29 (five years ago) link

hahaha

some dude, Saturday, 3 May 2014 11:23 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

classic

Szechuan TV (Noodle Vague), Friday, 4 March 2016 15:18 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

Marry him, or marry me

Neanderthal, Friday, 26 August 2016 06:05 (three years ago) link

kinda love the guitar and drums on PFoK. whiney otm itt tho too many weird grating choices with his vocals.

my sleeper jam on here is Refrigerator Car which is m/l a Clutch song

Spottie, Friday, 26 August 2016 07:17 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

I went to college with a guy who looked just like the singer (shaggy red hair, bushy beard, etc). People would always go up to him and say "Hey, what time is it?" He'd play along and say "Four thirtay," but I always secretly hoped he'd punch these people out.

― Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Monday, May 10, 2004 10:25 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ha! I just remembered this guy, and now I'm listening to the first Spin Doctors album and I'm mad at myself.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 30 October 2016 20:46 (three years ago) link

I just realized that 430 is about being high

calstars, Sunday, 30 October 2016 21:00 (three years ago) link

The My Dick version of 'Two Princes' really gets to the very heart of the track.

pen pineapple apple pen (Turrican), Sunday, 30 October 2016 21:22 (three years ago) link

lol where art thou My Dick?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 30 October 2016 21:37 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

My stepmom told me I’d be a janitor [nothing wrong with that] and live in the basement of a school and play guitar for the rats.

I wrote a song about her. It’s called Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.

It’s been played on the radio three million times.

— Chris Barron (@thechrisbarron) August 10, 2019

j., Saturday, 10 August 2019 22:34 (four months ago) link

Three million and one, and I heard it on the radio this weekend.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 11 August 2019 03:14 (four months ago) link

Was shocked and appalled to discover this week that there's a Two Princes sample in Orbital's Sad But True.

The Pingularity (ledge), Sunday, 11 August 2019 17:58 (four months ago) link

Lol flashback : roommate's crusty bf in college was a fan of these guys. Used to rock the yoga pants like the lead singer. Friggin' '90s, dude...

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 11 August 2019 18:20 (four months ago) link

err...Dud.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 11 August 2019 18:20 (four months ago) link

that's what I say now!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 11 August 2019 18:23 (four months ago) link

When they were big -- I was like 11 or 12 -- I thought the singer and Alexi Lalas were the same person. I think they just melded in my mind as an archetypal "90s college kid," the kind of older guy who wore CO-ED NAKED t-shirts, played hacky sack, and practiced with devil sticks.

Sam Weller, Monday, 12 August 2019 08:43 (four months ago) link

umm they actually are the same person

L'assie (Euler), Monday, 12 August 2019 09:04 (four months ago) link

He's the Ess-dog, Sean if you wish

L'assie (Euler), Monday, 12 August 2019 09:07 (four months ago) link

I knew it

Sam Weller, Monday, 12 August 2019 13:30 (four months ago) link


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