Pocket Full of Kryptonite

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Pocket Full of Kryptonite
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 20, 1991
August 29, 2011 (Anniversary edition)
RecordedJuly–December 1990
Spin Doctors chronology
Up for Grabs...Live
Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Homebelly Groove...Live
Singles from Pocket Full of Kryptonite
  1. "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"
    Released: October 5, 1992
  2. "Two Princes"
    Released: January 31, 1993
  3. "Jimmy Olsen's Blues"
    Released: 1993
  4. "What Time Is It?"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[5]

Pocket Full of Kryptonite is the debut studio album by the American rock band Spin Doctors, released in August 1991. The album initially sold a respectable 60,000 copies in late 1991 to its growing hardcore fanbase, before several radio stations (including WEQX in Vermont) started playing the single "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" in mid-1992[6], which led to the album's peak 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.[7]

It was remastered and reissued in 2011 as a 20th-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 quote from the opening track, "Jimmy Olsen's Blues", a humorous song sung from the point of view of Jimmy Olsen, a character in the Superman comic book series. In the song, Jimmy Olsen tries to woo Lois Lane away from Superman, stating "I've got a pocket full of Kryptonite", Kryptonite being a fictional substance that weakens Superman. The cover, showing a phone booth, refers to Clark Kent frequently ducking into a nearby phone booth to change into his Superman attire.

Track listing[edit]

Original album[edit]

All tracks written 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
5."Refrigerator Car" 4:46
6."More Than She Knows"Eric Schenkman, Simon Lambert, Graham Clark, J.P. Fitting2:12
7."Two Princes" 4:18
8."Off My Line"John David Bell, Spin Doctors3:58
9."How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?)" 4:59
10."Shinbone Alley/Hard to Exist"Spin Doctors, John Popper12:42
Total length:50:30
Bonus tracks for European edition (Epic 468250 9)[8]
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, Comess4:29


  • 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).
  • The live tracks on the European release also appear on the live album Homebelly Groove...Live (1992), and were recorded September 27, 1990, at Wetlands Preserve in New York.

2011 Anniversary Edition Disc 2[edit]

All tracks written 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"Schenkman2:20
3."Hard to Exist"Barron, Schenkman, Popper, Comess4:30
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
9."Hungry Hamed's" 4:39
10."House" 4:19
11."Two Princes" 4:41
12."Refrigerator Car" 4:05
13."Rosetta Stone" 6:10
14."Freeway of the Plains"Gregg Buscaglia, Barron, Schenkman, Popper, Fogel5:48
Live tracks
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
Total length:75:15


Spin Doctors
  • Chris Barron – lead vocals
  • Eric Schenkman – guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Off My Line", piano on "Forty or Fifty"
  • Mark White – bass
  • Aaron Comess – drums, organ, backing vocals on "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong", congas on "Forty or Fifty"
Additional musicians
  • John Popper – harmonica on "More Than She Knows" and "Off My Line", backing vocals on "Two Princes"
  • John Bush – tambourine on "Off My Line", congas on "How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me)?"
  • 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 at Sterling Sound, NYC
  • 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



Year Peak position
US[9] US HS[9] UK[10] NOR[11] AUS[12] CAN[13]
1992 3 1
1993 2 2 1 1


Year Single Peak position










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 "Two Princes" 1 7 24 3 5
1993 "What Time Is It?" 26 56

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[16] 95


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