Spin Doctors Biography
On September 7th, 2001, the original members of the Spin Doctors: Chris Barron (lead singer), Aaron Comess (drummer), Eric Schenkman (guitar), and Mark White (bass guitar) took the stage at the Wetlands Preserve in NYC.
It was a special occasion for two reasons. After many years of providing some of the best music in the city, the Wetlands was closing down because it had lost its lease. Secondly, the original members had not played together in over seven years. Each member had been contacted by the club and agreed to perform one of its last shows because the band had such a long history with the venue. The Spin Doctors had played there many times over the years & in fact, even recorded a live album at the club, entitled UP FOR GRABS, on Epic Records, in 1990.
The show quickly sold out & the band treated its hometown crowd to a three-hour monster set. The band had such a great time playing together, combined with the favorable crowd reaction, that they decided it might be fun & worth while to do some more gigs.
With the attitude "no record deal, no pressure…" the band went out & did a short eight city tour this past spring playing clubs in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Albany, Boston, NYC & Philly.
This summer, the Spin Doctors are about to embark on the NEW WORLD DISORDER TOUR with the Gin Blossoms, Seven Mary Three & Sponge. It will consist of about 25 shows throughout the US this July & August. Later in the fall, the band plans to begin writing together & hopes to release a new album sometime next year.
The Spin Doctors' story starts in 1987, with a band called the Trucking Company that included John Popper and guitarist Eric Schenkman. When Popper bowed out (to devote full-time to Blues Traveler), he recommended a high school friend from Princeton, New Jersey as his replacement, Chris Barron.
The Spin Doctors were born when Barron and Schenkman recruited jazz drummer Aaron Comess (from the Jazz department at the Mannes School of Music at New York's New School for Social Research), who in turn brought along his friend Mark White on bass, from the band Spade. Their first gigs were on fraternity row at Columbia University in 1988-89.
In 1991, their debut album, POCKET FULL OF KRYPTONITE, brought a string of back-to-back hit singles: "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" (#17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 for four weeks on the Album Rock chart, 1992), "Two Princes" (#7 on Billboard Hot 100; #2 for seven weeks on the Album Rock chart, 1993 and was THE NUMBER ONE most-played song on American radio for the entire year), punctuated by "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" (top 10 on the Album Rock chart) and "What Time Is It?" To date POCKET FULL OF KRYPTONITE has gone on to sell eight million records worldwide.
TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN, the Spin Doctors' 1994 follow-up to KRYPTONITE, was
considered a commercial disappointment although it sold over two million
records around the world. The final weeks of a 1994 world tour found the Spin Doctors at the end of five solid years of touring & releasing three albums without a real break. After much soul-searching & inner band tensions, founding guitarist Eric Schenkman decided to leave the band.
For the next few years the band continued touring and recording. The Spin
Doctors released YOU.VE GOT TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING on Epic records in 1996 and HERE COMES THE BRIDE on Universal Records in 1999. Towards the end of the session for HERE COMES THE BRIDE, bassist Mark White, unhappy with the musical direction of the band decided to leave. Then just days prior to the release date, lead singer Chris Barron completely lost his voice due to vocal chord paralysis. He was unable to speak for over six months. All promotion & touring set up to promote the record had to be canceled. HERE COMES THE BRIDE never saw the light of day.
Fortunately, through much rehabilitation, Chris eventually made a full and complete recovery. In 2000, the remaining members, Chris Barron & Aaron Comess decided to call it quits until last September when the Wetlands Preserve came calling…
According to Barron, "We're glad that the original members of the Spin Doctors have the chance to make music together again. The four of us have a sound that speaks for itself. It's an amazing thing to be a part of and we're looking forward to these shows this summer."
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