There was always something special, from the very first time we played together." Chris Barron says of the Spin Doctors' longstanding musical chemistry. "Even if we don't see each other or play together for a while. It's like riding a bicycle. A bicycle that makes loud, very beautiful music."
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Spin Doctors' landmark debut album Pocket Full of Kryptonite, the band's four original members-frontman Barron, guitarist Eric Schenkman, bassist Mark White and drummer Aaron Comess-can still appreciate the uncanny, enduring musical rapport that's allowed them to maintain the upbeat energy and restless creativity that first endeared them to their fiercely devoted fan base.
"When you get the four of us in one room, things just start to happen," Schenkman asserts. "It instantly feels like the old days. The identity of the group asserts itself. That's a great feeling, and it reminds us that the four of us belong together."
In 1991, Pocket Full of Kryptonite became both a musical and cultural phenomenon. In the years since, the album has remained a crucial touchstone, both for the band and for its fans. One of the 100 best-selling albums of the 1990s, it's sold more than five million copies in the U.S. and an additional five million overseas. Two decades after its creation, the album remains a compelling distillation of the Spin Doctors' diverse musical interests, and a prime example of a group of musicians seizing a historic moment to make timeless music.
The Spin Doctors are celebrating the anniversary with Sony Legacy's digital release of a special expanded edition of Pocket Full of Kryptonite, combining the original album with a treasure trove of previously unreleased demos, studio outtakes and live tracks. The band is also honoring Pocket Full of Kryptonite with an extended run of shows-their first full tour since the '90s-in which they'll perform the entire album, something they've never done before.