Pocket Full of Kryptonite
|Pocket Full of Kryptonite|
|Studio album by Spin Doctors|
|Released||August 20, 1991
August 29, 2011 (Anniversary edition)
|Recorded||August–December 1990 at Power Station, NYC; RPM Studios, NYC and ACME Recording Studios Inc., Mamaroneck, NY|
Frankie La Rocka,
|Spin Doctors chronology|
Pocket Full of Kryptonite is the first studio album (and second release) by American band Spin Doctors, released in August 1991. It peaked at #1 and #3 on Billboard's Heatseekers and Billboard 200 albums charts, respectively. It was the band's best selling album, and was certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
It was remastered and reissued in 2011 as a twenty-year anniversary edition, with a bonus track added to the original album and a second disc of demos previously released only on cassette, plus two live tracks.
The album's title is a reference to Kryptonite, a fictional substance from the Superman comic book series. The title is taken from the album's opening track, "Jimmy Olsen's Blues", a reference to Superman supporting character Jimmy Olsen, who is attracted to Lois Lane and jealous of her romantic feelings for Superman. The cover, showing a phone booth, refers to Clark Kent frequently ducking into a nearby phone booth to change into his Superman attire.
All songs written and composed by Spin Doctors except as noted.
|1.||"Jimmy Olsen's Blues"||4:38|
|2.||"What Time Is It?"||4:50|
|3.||"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"||3:54|
|4.||"Forty or Fifty"||4:23|
|6.||"More Than She Knows"||Schenkman, Simon Lambert, Graham Clark, J.P. Fitting||2:12|
|8.||"Off My Line"||John David Bell, Spin Doctors||3:58|
|9.||"How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?)"||4:59|
|10.||"Shinbone Alley/Hard to Exist"||Spin Doctors, Popper||12:42|
|Bonus tracks for European edition (Epic 468250 9)|
|11.||"Yo Mamas a Pajama" (live)||4:02|
|12.||"Sweet Widow" (live)||11:38|
|13.||"Stepped On A Crack" (live)||4:02|
|2011 Anniversary Edition Disc 1 Bonus track|
|11.||"Hard to Exist" (B-side of "How Could You Want Him" single)||Barron, Schenkman, Popper, Comess||4:29|
Note: The track listing for the cassette release can be found inside the tape's inlay. Unlike the CD release of Pocket Full of Kryptonite, the cassettes did not feature a track listing on the back cover—only the black & white photography (as seen on the vinyl and CD releases) is depicted. The digital cassette release of Pocket Full of Kryptonite, however, featured a black & white photograph of the band instead (sans the track listing).
2011 Anniversary Edition Disc 2
All songs written and composed by Spin Doctors except as noted.
|1989 "Can't Say No" Demo, recorded Aug 1989 Greene Street Studios, New York City|
|1.||"Jimmy Olsen's Blues"||5:13|
|2.||"Can't Say No"||Schenkman||2:20|
|3.||"Hard to Exist"||Barron, Schenkman, Popper, Comess||4:30|
|4.||"At This Hour"||5:37|
|5.||"40 or 50"||4:39|
|6.||"Big Fat Funky Booty"||4:00|
|1990 "Piece of Glass" Demo, recorded March 1990 RPM Studios, New York City|
|7.||"What Time Is It?"||4:08|
|8.||"How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?)"||5:44|
|14.||"Freeway of the Plains"||Gregg Buscaglia, Barron, Schenkman, Popper, Fogel||5:48|
|15.||"Turn it Upside Down" (Live July 19, 1993, Kingswood Music Theater, Toronto, Canada)||4:41|
|16.||"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" (Live September 25, 1990, Continental Divide, New York City)||4:05|
- Chris Barron - vocals
- Aaron Comess - percussion, conga, drums, Hammond organ, background vocals
- Eric Schenkman - guitar, piano, lead vocals in "Off My Line"
- Mark White - bass
- Producers: Frank Aversa, Peter Denenberg, Frankie La Rocka, Spin Doctors
- Engineers: Frank Aversa, Peter Denenberg, Marc Schwartz, Spin Doctors
- Assistant engineers: Jeff Lippay, Motley
- Mixing: Peter Denenberg, Frankie La Rocka, Spin Doctors
- Mastering: Ted Jensen
- Production Coordination: Jason J. Richardson
- Guitar technician: Joseph Miselis
- Equipment Manager: John Darren Greene
- Art direction: Francesca Restrepo
- Photography: Paul Aresu, Paul LaRaia
- Cover art: Darren Greene, Chris Gross, Nicky Lindeman
- Liner notes: Cree McCree
|US MR||US||US AC||UK||IRE||NOR|
|1992||"Jimmy Olsen's Blues"||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"||2||17||—||23||27||—|
|1993||"How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?)"||28||102||—||—||—||—|
|1993||"Jimmy Olsen's Blues"||34||78||—||40||—||2|
|1993||"What Time Is It?"||26||—||—||56||—||—|
End of decade charts
|U.S. Billboard 200||95|
References in popular culture
- The song "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" was featured in the movies Beethoven's 2nd and Bye Bye Love.
- The song "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" was featured in the movie Son In Law.
- The song "Two Princes" featured prominently in the episode "Maid to Border" of The Sarah Silverman Program, as the only song her friend and neighbor has on his iPod.
- The song "Two Princes" was also featured in the animated sci-fi sitcom Futurama, in the episode "Love and Rocket", with the character Bender referring to it as "college rock".
- During the "Death of Superman" event in Superman comics in 1992, the character Jimmy Olsen was drawn wearing a Spin Doctors shirt in several issues.
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