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Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Studio album by Spin Doctors
Released August 20, 1991
Recorded August-December. 1990
Genre Rock, funk rock
Length 50:30
Label Epic Records
ZK-47461
Producer Frank Aversa,
Peter Denenberg,
Frankie La Rocka,
Spin Doctors
Professional reviews
Spin Doctors chronology
Up for Grabs...Live
(1991)
Pocket Full of Kryptonite
(1991)
Homebelly Groove...Live
(1992)
Back cover
Back cover with the track listing

Pocket Full of Kryptonite is the first studio album by American jam band Spin Doctors, released in August 1991. It peaked at #1 and #3 on Billboard's Heatseekers and Billboard 200 albums charts, respectively. The album's title is a reference to Kryptonite, a fictional substance from the Superman mythos, and the phone booth on the cover is a reference to several comic book stories where Clark Kent would duck into a phone booth to change into his Superman costume. The title is a line from the album's first track, "Jimmy Olsen's Blues", which refers to Jimmy Olsen, a supporting character from the same mythos, supposedly being attracted to another character, Lois Lane, and is jealous of Lane's romantic feelings for Superman. The full line, "I've got a pocket full of Kryptonite", is a sexual double entendre. See also: Musical depictions of Superman.

Contents

Track listing

all songs by Spin Doctors

  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" – 2:12
  7. "Two Princes" – 4:18
  8. "Off My Line" – 3:58
  9. "How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?)" – 4:59
  10. "Shinbone Alley/Hard to Exist" – 12:42
  • 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, of course).

Personnel

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
  • 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

Album

Year Chart Position
1992 Heatseekers 1
1992 The Billboard 200 3
1993 UK Album Chart 2
1993 Norweigian Album Chart 2
1993 ARIA Albums Chart 1

Singles

Year Single Mainstream Rock Hot 100 Adult Contemporary Adult Recurrents UK Ireland Norway
1992 "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" 8 - - - - -
1992 "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 - -
1995 "Two Princes" - - - 7 - - -

References in popular culture

  • In the months following the success of the album and the single release of "Jimmy Olsen's Blues", issues of the Superman: The Man of Steel comic (drawn at the time by artist Jon Bogdanove) depicted Jimmy Olsen wearing a Spin Doctors t-shirt as an in-joke.
  • The song "Two Princes" can be heard in the 1993 film So I Married an Axe Murderer with Mike Myers.
  • 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 "More Than She Knows" was used as the cold open on the Hit TV show Party Of Five and was co-written by JP Fitting, Simon Lambert and Graham Clark.
Preceded by
Breathless by Kenny G
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
June 6 - June 19, 1993
Succeeded by
janet. by Janet Jackson







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