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The Spin Doctors

With 2 Skinny Dorks and Town Hall. Sunday, September 4, at House of Blues.


Ten reasons why the Spin Doctors -- one of the 1990s' definitive bands from the decade's alternative boom -- are unjustly maligned: 1) Unlike fellow two-hit wonder Better Than Ezra, the jammin' pop hippies contributed nothing to the rise of pop emo. 2) This headline from The Onion, the humorous newspaper that's fictitious, but essentially true: "Bill Bradley Denies Being Into Spin Doctors in Early '90s." In the article, the then-presidential candidate claimed that he may have been at some parties where the band's smash debut, 1991's Pocket Full of Kryptonite, was played, but denied being an active fan. Inside sources, however, claimed that he listened to the single "Two Princes" constantly. 3) Most of the quintuple-platinum Kryptonite is nearly as indelible as "Princes," which still appears in movie trailers, buoyed by the unforgettably poetic lyrics "ba-loaba-loaba-loaba-loaba-loaba-loaba-loaba." 4) The band's completely forgotten follow-up, 1994's Turn It Upside Down, somehow went platinum. 5) If you have one of the group's albums, you effectively have all four of them, saving fans precious dough. 6) At, 25 reviews of the Docs' last album, 1999's Here Comes the Bride, give the disc an average four-star rating. One true believer hails it as "one of the most underrated albums of the '90's." 7) Even weak singles like "Cleopatra's Cat" were better than Jamiroquai and Chumbawamba combined (but far short of Prodigy). 8) Song titles like "Big Fat Funky Booty" have all the homebelly groove and authentic soul that the Dave Matthews Band can only aspire to. (Note: Reason No. 8 may contain sarcasm.) 9) In 1999, scruffy singer Chris Barron overcame a mysterious vocal-cord paralysis, which can't be easy or pleasant. 10) Did we mention that "Two Princes" is really catchy?

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