Two Princes

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"Two Princes"
Single by Spin Doctors
from the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite
B-side "Off My Line"
Released January 31, 1993 (1993-01-31)
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
Recorded July 1990 (1990-07)
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 4:16 (album version)
3:26 (radio edit)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Mark White, Eric Schenkman, Chris Barron, Aaron Comess
Producer(s) Frank Aversa, Mark White, Eric Schenkman, Chris Barron, Aaron Comess
Certification Platinum (AUS)
Gold (GER)
Silver (UK)
Spin Doctors singles chronology
"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"
(1992)
"Two Princes"
(1993)
"Jimmy Olsen's Blues"
(1993)

"Two Princes" is a song by the New York City-based band Spin Doctors. As a single, it reached no. 7 in the United States, no. 2 in Canada and no. 3 in the United Kingdom. It was the band's highest-charting single internationally.

The song has divided retrospective critical opinion. It was ranked no. 41 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s"; conversely, it was ranked no. 21 on Blender magazine's "50 Worst Songs Ever".[1]

Cover versions[edit]

The group sang a "modified" version of this song on Sesame Street that emphasized the importance of sharing. They told Zoe she did not have to choose between playing with Elmo and Telly, but rather she could play with both of them. It was also remade in a parody on Bill Nye the Science Guy as "Two Eyes by the Eye Doctors".[2][3][4]

The song appears on The Moldy Peaches album Unreleased Cutz And Live Jamz as a live version.[5] British boy band Son of Dork covered this song in 2006 on one of their singles.[6] Boston-based a cappella group, Overboard recorded a version of this song on their 2007 album, Stranded.[7]

Legacy[edit]

The song gained fame in Israel as the ending song of the popular TV show Ha-Comedy Store, airing between 1994 and 1996. The song was also included in the 2005 movie Pooh's Heffalump Movie '​s trailer, and was featured in Futurama as an example of 'college rock' as opposed to 'alternative rock'. Also was used in a Peugeot 307 Spot called "Demands Attention" in Australia, Argentina, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

It was also featured in the pilot episode of the CW's Life Unexpected, episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program ("Maid to Border") and The Cleveland Show and the films Love & Other Drugs and So I Married an Axe Murderer.

The song is one of 45 playable tracks in the 2009 music video game Lego Rock Band.[8]

It was also featured in the comedy rock musical Grandma and the F-Yous, which ran at Upright Citizens Brigade theater in 2009. Several characters idly sang or hummed it.

The song was played after wins in the clubhouse by the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies. The scat part of the song was used as the jingle for Kmart Australia for numerous years.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Two Princes" (album version) – 4:16
  2. "Off My Line" (live) – 5:30
CD maxi
  1. "Two Princes" (album version) – 4:16
  2. "Off My Line" (live) – 5:30
  3. "Rosetta Stone" (live) – 8:07
7" single
  1. "Two Princes" (album version) – 4:16
  2. "Off My Line" (live) – 5:30

Chart performance[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Informer" by Snow
Swedish number-one single
June 2, 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Somebody Dance with Me" by DJ BoBo
Preceded by
"Ordinary World" by Duran Duran
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
April 10, 1993 - May 22, 1993 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"That's the Way Love Goes" by Janet Jackson

References[edit]

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