“Two Princes” is a song by the New York City-based band Spin Doctors. Released as a single in 1993, it reached No. 7 in the United States, No. 2 in Canada, and No. 3 in the United Kingdom and Australia. It was the band’s highest-charting single internationally. It earned them a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.
The song has divided retrospective critical opinion. 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”. The band filmed two different music videos for the song.
The song was from the Pocket Full of Kryptonite, the first studio album (and second release) by the American rock band Spin Doctors, released in August 1991. It peaked at #1 and #3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers and Billboard 200 albums charts, respectively. It was the band’s best selling album and was certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
It was remastered and reissued in 2011 as a twenty-year anniversary edition, with a bonus track added to the original album and the second disc of demos previously released only on cassette, plus two live tracks.
The album’s title is a quote from the opening track, “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues”, a humorous song sung from the point of view of Jimmy Olsen, a character in the Superman comic book series. In the song, Jimmy Olsen tries to woo Lois Lane away from Superman, stating “I’ve got a pocket full of Kryptonite”, Kryptonite is a fictional substance that weakens Superman. The cover, showing a phone booth, refers to Clark Kent frequently ducking into a nearby phone booth to change into his Superman attire.