Two Princes

"Two Princes" is a 1993 song by American rock group Spin Doctors, released as the second single from their debut album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside of the US, it topped the charts in Iceland and Sweden, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The song earned them a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.[3]

"Two Princes"
TwoPrinces.jpg
Single cover
Single by Spin Doctors
from the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite
B-side"Off My Line"
Released1993
GenreAlternative rock[1][2]
Length
  • 4:16 (album version)
  • 3:26 (radio edit)
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Frank Aversa
  • Mark White
  • Eric Schenkman
  • Chris Barron
  • Aaron Comess
Spin Doctors singles chronology
"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"
(1992)
"Two Princes"
(1993)
"Jimmy Olsen's Blues"
(1993)
Music video
"Two Princes" on YouTube

Critical receptionEdit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic stated that "Two Princes" is one of the "best tracks" of the album.[4] Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, "The Doctors' growing legion of fans will devour this treat from Pocket Full of Kryptonite within seconds. Percolating rhythm section, courtesy of Aaron Comess and Mark White, propels Eric Schenkman's scratchy guitars and a pure-pop hook. Engaging vocals by Christopher Barron and lively instrumentation assure instant album-rock and alternative play, with visions of successfully crossing into the pop arena realistically dancing in everyone's heads."[5] Randy Clark from Cash Box commented, "This crunchy rock/funk groove hints of the same raw, unpolished but infectious street quality of the early Rolling Stones except with an unspoiled and urgent alternative style."[6]

A reviewer from Kingston Informer said the song is "brilliant".[7] Music writer James Masterton noted in his weekly UK chart commentary, "Leaping just as dramatically into the Top 10 come the Spin Doctors, almost 18 months after the track was first heard by the American public. It touches a chord with many as well. Marry him or marry me, I'm the one who loves you baby can't you see...."[8] Leesa Daniels from Smash Hits rated it five out of five, adding, "This is their second bash at the UK charts and it's just marvellous. A thumping drum beat with guitars rocking all over the place, it makes you want to jump onto the nearest table and dance and twirl and swing your head around until you eventually, er, pass out!"[9]

It was ranked No. 41 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s"; conversely, it was ranked No. 21 on Blender magazine's "50 Worst Songs Ever".[10]

Music videoEdit

The band filmed two different music videos for the song; one of them was in black-and-white. One of the videos was directed by Richard Murray and premiered in February 1992.[11]

Track listingsEdit

  • 7" single
  1. "Two Princes" (album version) – 4:16
  2. "Off My Line" (live) – 5:30
  • CD single promo
  1. "Two Princes" (Edit) – 3:29
  2. "Two Princes" (Album Version) – 4:11
  • CD single
  1. "Two Princes" (album version) – 4:16
  2. "Off My Line" (live) – 5:30
  • CD maxi
  1. "Two Princes" (album version) – 4:16
  2. "Off My Line" (live) – 5:30
  3. "Rosetta Stone" (live) – 8:07

Chart performanceEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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