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Spin Doctors

The group originated in the late 1980s in New York City, originally as a band called Trucking Company; this band included Canadian guitarist Eric Schenkman,[7] harmonicist John Popper, and later vocalist Chris Barron, who was Popper’s Princeton, New Jersey high school friend. Popper left this side project to focus on his main gig with Blues Traveler full-time. With a name change to Spin Doctors, as well as the addition of Aaron Comess on drums and Mark White on bass, the classic lineup was in place by the spring of 1989.[8]

 

Spin Doctors signed with Epic Records/Sony Music A&R executive Frankie LaRocka in 1990.[9][10] The band’s Epic debut EP Up for Grabs…Live was recorded live at the Wetlands Preserve in lower Manhattan, and released in January 1991. (In November 1992, these EP tracks were remixed and supplemented by additional live recordings to form the album Homebelly Groove…Live.)[11] Spin Doctors were known for their somewhat lengthy live shows, sometimes jamming even more than is evident on their live releases. They also often performed double-bill gigs opening for Blues Traveler, with members of both bands all jamming together as the transition from Spin Doctors set into the Blues Traveler set. Spin Doctors have many songs from their early club days that were never officially released, but remain circulated via concert recordings.

 

Spin Doctors’s debut studio album Pocket Full of Kryptonite was released in August 1991.[11] The band continued to play extensive live shows, gaining grassroots fans, as the album was mostly ignored commercially. In the summer of 1992, the band toured with the first lineup of the H.O.R.D.E. festival, sharing the stage with fellow jam bands Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, and Phish. That summer, commercial popularity heated up, as radio and MTV began playing “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes”,[11] with the videos directed by filmmaker Rich Murray (who would direct many of the band’s videos). The album went Gold in September 1992, and then received another boost in sales after the band’s appearance on Saturday Night Live in October 1992. Additional videos and singles followed for “What Time Is It”, “How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?)”, and “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues”. By June 1993, the album went Triple Platinum.[9] Ultimately it sold over five million copies in the U.S.[12] and another five million overseas, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

“[Their] popularity is based on universal rock & roll virtues”, said Rolling Stone, which put the band on the cover of its January 7, 1993 issue. “The Doctors aren’t trying to blaze new trails. They know we’ve been down this way with the Stones, Curtis Mayfield, and a few of their other touchstones. But the proof—plenty of it—is in the party.” Spin Doctors made an appearance on Sesame Street (episode 3450), singing a modified version of “Two Princes” that emphasized the importance of sharing.[13] In 1993, they recorded covers of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”, originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival, for the film Philadelphia[14] and “Spanish Castle Magic” for Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. – Wikipedia

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