The Spin Doctors
'You Spin Me Right Round, Baby ... Right Round!'
Nice Talking To Me is the first new studio album in eleven years by the original Spin Doctors: Chris Barron (lead vocals), Eric Schenkman (guitar, vocals), Mark White (bass), and Aaron Comess (drums). But thatís not all. Nice Talking To Me is the Spin Doctorsí most musically accomplished album ó a mature work that sums up their individual artistic growth over the past decade.
Itís the end product of a three-year period during which the band renewed their dedication to songwriting, live performance, and the creative process. Finally, itís the best-sounding album the Spin Doctors have ever made, with Matt Wallaceís state-of-the-art production framing band performances that have the freshness and energy of first takes.
I recently was lucky enough to sit down and chat with lead singer Chris Barron and taking it from the top, wondered (as it was now back nearly 15 years ago) what he most recalled about those crazy days singing and promoting the instant hit album, 'Pocket Full Of Kryptonite'? "I remember the instant hit taking a couple of years to happen. (tee, hee). I also remember it all seeming like a dream for a kid from Jersey."
After the huge success of the debut album, and all those monster-catchy radio play singles, what's your reasoning behind why all following singles didn't quite strike the same heartwarming chords in the general public? Had there been an internal songwriting difference between 'Pocket,' 'Turn It Upside Down' and the following albums? "I think we just weren't getting along as well and for that reason we weren't working as well together. I think the public was a little sick of 'Pocket' by that time. Maybe we should have put out a new album sooner."
When you lost your voice to an attack of vocal cord paralysis back in 1999, how scared where you that this was it vocally for you ... and did an alternate non-singing future come to mind thereafter?
"I was told I had a 50-50 chance of ever talking normally again, let alone singing. I considered mule skinning!"
OK, and to clear this up once and for all, ... just where did the bands name, The Spin Doctors originate?! "A spin doctor is the person who interprets the blunders of a politician and tries to make them actually sound good."
'Nice Talking To Me' is the first new studio album in eleven years by the original Spin Doctors, but what brought about the break-up in the first place ...? "We all hated each other!"
... and what brought you all back together for this new album?
"We were asked to do a show for the Wetlands, a club that we had played a lot in the early days. It was closing down and we were asked to reform to play a farewell gig there. We had such a good time that we stayed together."
What does the title, 'Nice Talking To Me' relate to? "The whole album is a laughing look at modern relationships."
Taking some thoughts from your new album, please answer these questions as honestly as possible!
'Sugar' - Are you a sugar freak?! "No!"
'Happily Ever After' - Are you the kind of guy that weeps to romantic movies?! "I'm an emotional husk!"
'Can't Kick The Habit' - Is there still a bad habit of yours that to this day you cannot kick? "Law and Order!"
Why did it take so long to have your hair cut, back in the late '90s ... and what finally made you undertake such a personal transition?! "A look in the mirror!"
What cheesy '80s song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "Video Killed The Radio Star ... I've always loved that song."
If you were asked to record a single for charity, and had to choose 3 other known hi-profile musicians to aid you in the project (none from your own band!), who would they be, what instruments would they play, and what would the name of the NEW song be?! "Willie Nelson on guitar, Dee Snieder (sp?) on accordion, and Josh Groban on hammer dulcimer. The song would be called "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Lawyers."
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "I love penguins and all flightless birds (and all flying mammals) ... and marsupials."
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
If you would like to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of The Spin Doctors' brand new CD, just answer this easy question: This exciting new chapter in the Spin Doctorsí unfolding story began, as related above by Chris Barron himself, in September 2001 during the clos-ing week of the Wetlands. But where was the Wetlands located?
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