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Pocket Full of Kryptonite

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.

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

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: Darrell 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.

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