Page 1 of 1

Spin Doctors

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:30 am
by Chris
Spin Doctors – Friday, July 17 at 5pm

Chris Barron – Vocals
Eric Schenkman – Guitar and vocals
Aaron Comess – Drums and Percussion
Mark White – Bass

Chris Barron, Eric Schenkman, and John Popper were in the band Trucking Company in New York in the late 1980’s before Popper left to concentrate on his band Blues Traveler. Barron and Schenkman brought in drummer Aaron Comess and bassist Mark White and formed the jam band Spin Doctors in 1989. The band scored a record deal in 1991 with Epic Records and due to the strength of their live show they first released a live EP titled Up for Grabs…Live in 1991. Later in 1991, the band released their first studio album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite. The album got off to a slow start until the summer of 1992. That summer the band scored a spot on the jam band H.O.R.D.E. Festival and MTV started playing the video for “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” That song hit #17 on the charts but was eclipsed by the band’s next song, “Two Princes,” which reached #7. These songs propelled the album to #3 on the charts and it eventually sold over 5 million copies. The band went the live route again in 1992 with their album Homebelly Groove…Live which featured a remix of the Up for Grabs…Live album as well as a few more live tracks. This album reach #145 on the charts. Their sophomore studio album, Turn It Upside Down, was released in 1994. While not selling as well as its predecessor, the album still reached #28 on the charts and eventually went double platinum behind the #84 hit “Cleopatra’s Cat” and #42 hit “You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast.” Due to their popularity, the band were invited to perform at Woodstock ’94. Anthony Krizan would replace Schenkman for the 1996 album You’ve Got to Believe in Something. The single from the album, “She Used to Be Mine,” would not reach the top 100. Poor sales of this album led to the band being released from Epic Records. Krizan then left the band and was replaced by Eran Tabib. Keyboardist also joined the group but White left during recording for the album Here Comes the Bride. The album was released in 1999 on the Uptown/Universal label. During the tour for this album, Barron had vocal problems that led the band to disband. All four original members reformed in 2001 and played a handful of shows yearly and eventually released another album, Nice Talking to Me, in 2005. The band played a worldwide tour in 2005 and continues to play a handful of shows each year. They will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam.

Billboard Top 100 Hits
1992 Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong #17
1993 Jimmy Olsen’s Blues #78
1993 Two Princes #7
1994 Cleopatra’s Cat #84
1994 You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast #42

Setlists:
Stark County Fairgrounds - Canton, OH on August 1, 2008
What Time Is It? into
Nice Talking To Me
Off My Line
Little Miss Can´t Be Wrong
Big Fat Funky Booty
Refrigerator Car
How Could You Want Him into
Jimmy Olsen´s Blues
Margarita
Genuine
Lady Kerosene
Two Princes
Encore:
Yo Mama´s A Pajama

McHenry Fiesta Days - McHenry, IL on July 12, 2008
Big Fat Funky Booty
Nice Talking To Me
Off My Line,
Little Miss Can´t Be Wrong
Yo Mama´s a Pajama
How Could You Want Him
Margarita
Jimmy Olsen´s Blues
What Time Is It? into
Genuine
Lady Kerosene
Two Princes
Encore:
Cleopatra´s Cat
More Than She Knows

La Mirona - Salt, Girona, Spain on April 12, 2008
What Time Is It? into
Nice Talking To Me
Off My Line
Cleopatra´s Cat
Little Miss Can´t Be Wrong
Sugar
Jimmy Olsen´s Blues
Can´t Kick The Habit
Margarita
Big Fat Funky Booty into
Genuine into
Jam into
Genuine into
Lady Kerosene
Two Princes
Encore:
How Could You Want Him
Yo Mama´s A Pajama
At This Hour
More Than She Knows

Did You Know?
Chris Barron was high school friends with Blues Traveler’s singer John Popper.
Their song “Can’t Kick the Habit” was featured in the movie Grandma’s Boy in 2006.
The group was nominated for a Grammy in 1994 for Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with the song “Two Princes.”
The same year they were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Pocket Full of Kryptonite.
“Two Princes” is #41 on VH1’s Greatest Songs of the 90’s.
The group performed a modified version of “Two Princes” on Sesame Street to emphasize sharing.
Comedian Tommy Chong plays the kazoo on “I Can’t Believe You’re Still With Her” from the album You’ve Got to Believe in Something.
“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes” both reached #2 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, in 1992 and 1993, respectively.
“Two Princes” reached #1 on the Top 40 Mainstream Chart in 1993.
The band collaborated with Biz Markie on a cover of KC and the Sunshine Band’s “That’s the Way (I Like It).”

My Take:
I actually remember being a fan of the Spin Doctors when I was in college. I even owned their live CD Homebelly Groove…Live. MTV played “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes” constantly so they were hard to ignore. I also saw them in 1993 on their co-headlining tour with Soul Asylum. I was such a huge fan of Soul Asylum at the time I didn’t give the Spin Doctors much attention as I was much more excited to see Soul Asylum. I remember not really enjoying their show that night but I think the biggest reason is that they are a jam band and the people at the show, for the most part, were not jam band fans. At the time I also didn’t appreciate jam bands the way I do today so it would be interesting to relive that night to see if I would enjoy their performance more. I do think the band got a bad rap from the jam band community after scoring such major hits and being featured on MTV constantly. They are one of the only jam bands to have mainstream hits and I think this cost them the core audience that could have kept them touring regularly for years. The band has been touring the last few years trying to reconnect with the fans and I admire them for that. I have downloaded several of their live shows recently and I really do think they have a sound that will go over very well at Moondance. The main problem is they are slotted to start off the day on Friday, which will finish with rockers Lita Ford, Whitesnake, and Judas Priest. The band knows this and they want to play anyway. You have to admire them for that.


Moondance Jam Connections
This will be the band’s first performance at Moondance Jam.
Schenkman and Barron were in the band Trucking Company with John Popper of Blues Traveler (Moondance Jam 2001).
Blues Traveler also was on the H.O.R.D.E. Festival with Spin Doctors in 1993.
Spin Doctors played at Woodstock ’94, as did Sheryl Crow (Moondance Jam 2009).
The band covered Creedence Clearwater Revival’s (CCRevisited Moondance Jam 2000, 2001, 2008) “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” in 1994.
The band opened for Poison (Moondance Jam 2006 and 2008) in Greeley, Colorado in 2008.
The band went on a co-headlining tour with Soul Asylum (Moondance Jam 2007) in the summer of 1993.

For Live Show Downloads:
For a list of shows available to download, go to: http://www.spindoctors-archive.com/download/index.html or http://www.archive.org/details/SpinDoctors.

For Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCjtRJkS85w – “Two Princes” video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=givZsEAW80k – “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVPhkz6UOCs – “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcRVH1bEYwQ – “Cleopatra’s Cat” live from Woodstock ’94
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tTToIZhFVA – “Two Princes” live from 2004
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OhTTSMR ... re=related – “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” live from 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4uD3uzwLM8 – “Shinbone Alley” live in 2008 with John Popper
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqS5pJDX5j4 – “What Time Is It?” live on David Letterman in 1993