Two Princes

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"Two Princes"
Single by Spin Doctors
from the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite
B-side"Off My Line"
ReleasedJanuary 31, 1993 (1993-01-31)
FormatCD single, CD maxi, 7" single
RecordedJuly 1990 (1990-07)
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock
Length4:16 (album version)
3:26 (radio edit)
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Mark White
Eric Schenkman
Chris Barron
Aaron Comess
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)
 
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"Two Princes"
Single by Spin Doctors
from the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite
B-side"Off My Line"
ReleasedJanuary 31, 1993 (1993-01-31)
FormatCD single, CD maxi, 7" single
RecordedJuly 1990 (1990-07)
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock
Length4:16 (album version)
3:26 (radio edit)
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Mark White
Eric Schenkman
Chris Barron
Aaron Comess
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)

"Two Princes" is a song by the New York City-based pop rock band Spin Doctors. As a single, it reached #7 in the United States, #2 in Canada, and #3 in the United Kingdom. It was the band's highest-charting single internationally.

The song has divided retrospective critical opinion. It was ranked #41 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s"; conversely, it was ranked #21 on Blender magazine's "50 Worst Songs Ever". [1]

Cover versions[edit]

The group sang a "modified" version of this song on Sesame Street that emphasized the importance of sharing. They told Zoe she did not have to choose between playing with Elmo and Telly, but rather she could play with both of them. It was also remade in a parody on Bill Nye the Science Guy as "Two Eyes by the Eye Doctors".

The song appears on The Moldy Peaches album Unreleased Cutz And Live Jamz as a live version. British boy band Son of Dork covered this song in 2006 on one of their singles. Boston-based a cappella group, Overboard recorded a version of this song on their 2007 album, "Stranded".

Legacy[edit]

The song gained fame in Israel as the ending song of the popular TV show Ha-Comedy Store, airing between 1994 and 1996. The song was also included in the 2005 movie Pooh's Heffalump Movie's soundtrack, and was featured in Futurama as an example of 'college rock' as opposed to 'alternative rock'. Also was used in a Peugeot 307 Spot called "Demands Attention" in Australia, Argentina, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

It was also featured in the pilot episode of the CW's Life Unexpected, an episode of The Sarah Silverman Program ("Maid to Border") and the films Love and Other Drugs and So I Married an Axe Murderer.

The song is one of 45 playable tracks in the 2009 music video game, Lego Rock Band.[2]

It was also featured in the comedy rock musical Grandma and the F-Yous, which ran at Upright Citizens Brigade theater in 2009. Several characters idly sang or hummed it.

The song was played after wins in the clubhouse by the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies. The scat part of the song was used as the jingle for Kmart Australia for numerous years.

It is noted for having one of the most noticeable drum intros in history, with the use of five-stroke-rolls and accents.

Track listings[edit]

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
7" single
  1. "Two Princes" (album version) – 4:16
  2. "Off My Line" (live) – 5:30

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1993)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3]3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4]5
Belgium Singles Chart[5]10
Canada (RPM)[6]2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7]16
France (SNEP)[8]5
Germany (Media Control AG)[9]5
Ireland (IRMA)[10]5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11]2
New Zealand Singles Chart[12]4
Norway (VG-lista)[13]2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14]1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15]4
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[16]3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17]7
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary [17]24
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks[17]2
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[17]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993)Position
Australian Singles Chart[18]6
Austrian Singles Chart[19]9
Dutch Top 40[20]19
Swiss Singles Chart[21]14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[22]28

Certifications[edit]

CountryCertificationDateSales certified
Germany[23]Gold1993250,000
UK[24]SilverMay 1, 1993200,000

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Informer" by Snow
Swedish number-one single
June 2, 1993
Succeeded by
"Somebody Dance with Me" by DJ Bobo
Preceded by
"Ordinary World" by Duran Duran
Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
April 10, 1993 - May 22, 1993
Succeeded by
"That's the Way Love Goes" by Janet Jackson

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Lego Rock Band tracks revealed, transferable to Rock Band from Joystiq.com (Retrieved October 30, 2009)
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Spin Doctors – Two Princes". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Spin Doctors – Two Princes – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Two princes in Belgian Chart". Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Two princes in Canadian Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Spin Doctors – Two Princes" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 3, 2008)
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Spin Doctors search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ Hung Medien. "Two princes in New Zealand Chart". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Spin Doctors – Two Princes". VG-lista.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Spin Doctors – Two Princes". Singles Top 60.
  15. ^ "Spin Doctors – Two Princes – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 3, 2008)
  17. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved April 3, 2008)
  18. ^ "1993 Australian Singles Chart". aria. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "1993 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  20. ^ "Single top 100 over 1993" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  21. ^ "1993 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Swisscharts. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  22. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  23. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Two Princes')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 20, 2009. 
  24. ^ "UK certifications, database". Bpi. Retrieved 15 April 2010.