Pocket Full of Kryptonite

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Pocket Full of Kryptonite
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Studio album by Spin Doctors
Released August 20, 1991
August 29, 2011 (Anniversary edition)
Recorded July–December 1990
Studio
Genre
Length 50:30
Label Epic
ZK-47461
Producer
Spin Doctors chronology
Up for Grabs...Live
(1991)Up for Grabs...Live1991
Pocket Full of Kryptonite
(1991)
Homebelly Groove...Live
(1992)Homebelly Groove...Live1992
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
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Q4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[3]

Pocket Full of Kryptonite is the first studio album (and second release) by the American rock 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.[4]

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 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.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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)[5]
No.TitleLength
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Hard to Exist" (B-side of "How Could You Want Him" single)Barron, Schenkman, Popper, Comess4:29

Notes

  • 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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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
No.TitleLength
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

Personnel[edit]

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)?"
Production
  • 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

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Peak position
US

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US HS

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UK

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NOR

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AUS

[9]

1992 3 1
1993 2 2 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak position
US MR

[10]

US

[10]

US AC

[10]

UK

[7]

IRE NOR

[11]

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[12] 95

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Pocket Full of Kryptonite – Spin Doctors". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Spin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Robert Christgau. "CG: The Spin Doctors". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "RIAA searchable certification database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Spin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite". Discogs. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Spin Doctors' Billboard albums history". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "UK charts archive". Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Norwegian charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Australian charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "Spin Doctors' Billboard singles history". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Norwegian singles chart archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade – The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.