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I realize this is coming out of left field but I really think we gave up on the Spin Doctors a little early. I agree, writing this review IS a crazy response to discovering I own TWO Spin Doctors CDs, especially when you consider that I haven’t written a Rocking Chair blog post since August of 2015 and this is what I decided to write about. Insanity. But when I picked 1994’s “Turn It Upside Down” off the shelf, I experienced a distinct revulsion and a flash of blurry memory being completely underwhelmed and bored by the second release by the Grammy nominated Alt Rock/Pop Rock legends best known for their 1991 now classic “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” which went cinco platinum! Yes, obviously we all know the two big ones, “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” (the latter being the safer bet for most of you) and then the lesser known (but kudos to you if you remember) Superman themed “Jimmy Olsen Blues” and the very funky “What Time Is It?” (4:30). So what ever became of the Spin Doctors? Nothing much. Sure they’re around and touring, for instance they had a slew of concerts this Summer across the US. Most bands that you can think of that are no longer in the spotlight are still around, they’re still making music; the Spin Doctors put out their last album in 2013 which is really not that long ago. Also, Eric Schenkman, the lead guitarist and backing vocalist just put out a new album. But was that it? Were they just one hit wonders? I’m going to argue no. The problem is that the people wanted another “Pocket Full Of Kryptonite” and instead the got the 1994 follow-up, “Turn It Upside Down”. It wasn’t bad, it was just too different, too slow. People wanted another “Two Princes”, another Pop Rock hit. Instead we got a Sophomore Slump, an album that seemed to scream, “We’re stars! We’re cool! We smoke marijuana!” and it simply wasn’t enough and the world lost interest. Now, this was a mistake, on our part. Yes, maybe “Turn It Upside Down” wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be but we obviously gave up too soon. We should have had faith. I mean, a band that could create such Alt/Pop Rock perfection? We should have waited patiently. If we had, we would have discovered 1996’s “You’ve Got To Believe In Something”. IT’S SO GOOD! It fits in perfectly with all the late 90s Alt/Rock (Matchbox 20, Live, popish Sugar Ray, all that stuff) while still retaining their classic Funk Bohemian Pop Rock sound. The album has a lot going for it, from the heavy and dark Blues Rock sound of “Dogs On A Doe” (or if your bad with lyrics “Gam Zu Le Tov), a catchy first single on She Used To Be Mine which is oddly juxtaposed to the Blues Traveler-esque “I Can’t Believe Your Still With Her” and I would be remiss not to mention “Where Angels Fear To Tread” is a song The Wallflowers wish they had written! Finally a very cool, beat driven cover of” That’s The Way I Like It” feat Biz Markie which is surreal and welcomed. This album is what we wanted in 1994, this is the album that would have cemented them as a mainstay band! Alas, it was not meant to be! While I can’t rectify what was (I was twelve in 94), I can put this fantastic album into heavy rotation at home. I recommend you do the same.          

This Week: Join Maximum Mike and his guest Aharon Ragoza of Shredhead as they spin new and old tracks and talk about the upcoming Live Unholy album release show, the new album, and touring Japan. Feat. Jethro Tull, Orgy, Five Bolt Main, Static-X, Alter Bridge, Baby Metal, Helmet, and more!

This week: Maximum blows away breakfast with these hot dishes of Rock! Feat. State of the Fart, Dust Bolt, Iron Mask, Geoff Palmer, Walkways, The Damned Things, Incubus and more!

This Week: Let’s admit it, Maximum is terrible at putting out new episodes but 300 is worthy of praise! Who cares if it took 2 years longer than needed…. Feat the love of Rock n Roll!!!! (And real bands too)

Maximum Story Time #3

Posted: February 7, 2019 by Maximum Mike in The Vault
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Endura and The Rainbow Ranger

Rock 4 Rookies Podcast: Episode 299 – So Close

Posted: January 4, 2019 by Maximum Mike in Rock 4 Rookies Podcast

This Week: We awaken! Feat. Extreme, Devilskin, Sunrise Skater Kids, Clutch, Jethro Tull, Death Angel, The Cure, Greta Van Fleet and much more!!

Maximum Story Time #2

Posted: October 12, 2018 by Maximum Mike in The Vault
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Join us as we tell the story of Unity City.

Maximum Story Time: Ep1

Posted: October 5, 2018 by Maximum Mike in The Vault

Join us for story time.

Rock 4 Rookies Podcast: Episode 298 – Meh

Posted: August 15, 2018 by Maximum Mike in Rock 4 Rookies Podcast

This Week: Don’t bother listening. It was a garbage episode. Just music from Hail The Villain, Breaking Benjamin, Highly Suspect, Grave Digger, 311, Tool and others. Nothing to write home about.

In which we reflect on the growing Nu Metal Revival along with Keychain, Red Code Riot, My Ticket Home, Fear Factory, Hyro The Hero and much more!