Somehow, old father time has not withered the appeal of the Spin Doctors, who 20 years ago shot to international fame on the back of such affably endearing singles as Little Me Can’t Be Wrong, Two Princes and the title track from their breakthrough album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite.
Now, after years of serious health issues, lengthy hiatuses and other demons to slow down the New York natives, a comeback is on the cards. To mark 20 years since Pocket Full of Kryptonite, the band are to reissue the album, and will embark on a US tour later in the year, according to Spinner.
The album, their debut, inevitably gets the double-CD, remastered, bonus tracks treatment. It’s out August 20. Their return from musical oblivion is complete when they begin a domestic tour on July 2.
Pocketful of Kryptonite sold over 10 million copies, while the band graced the cover of Rolling Stone. After that heady period across 1991/1992, the band’s fortunes nose-dived, their subsequent albums tailing off into obscurity. In 1999 cheerful singer Chris Barron was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of vocal paralysis, preventing him from speaking let alone singing. He was forced to leave the band, only joining his bandmates at special events and one-off shows. Sad state of affairs.
He got over it though, and the Spin Doctors released yet another innocuous album, Nice Talking To Me, in 2005. Its failure can’t obscure the fact that the Spin Doctors remain among the most memorable bands from Generation X’s heyday.
Here they are in their pomp, on Sesame Street: