If nothing else, Spin Doctors may be the only group to appear in Longview that once graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
The alternative rock quartet had a string of hits in the early 1990s and made it to that cherished spot in rock music culture on Jan. 7, 1993.
Two decades later, the Doctors are still spinning, with shows this month all the way from Moses Lake to Madrid. Only one show, of course, will be based on a city’s obsession with all things squirrely.
Spin Doctors will hop onto the Squirrel Fest main stage at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Spin Doctors formed in the late 1980s in New York City, with their debut — and most successful album — coming out two years later. The group’s big hits were “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” and the album “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” made it to No. 3 on the Billboard album chart.
When Rolling Stone selected the group for its cover, the magazine wrote that the group’s “popularity is based on universal rock & roll virtues.” With its bouncy sound, Spin Doctors wasn’t trying to blaze new musical trails, the magazine wrote. “But the proof — plenty of it — is in the party.” The group has always been known for lively shows with lengthy jams. In a news release, guitar player Eric Schenkman said, “We’ve been playing together for 25 years, and we’re all badasses!”
Spin Doctors’ second album, “Turn it Upside Down,” was moderately successful when it came out in 1994. The group has continued recording and touring off-and-on since then.
All four original members are still together: Singer Chris Barron, drummer Aaron Comess, bass player Mark White and Schenkman.
The latest buzz for the group includes an appearance on “Conan” on Sept. 4.
Four months ago, Spin Doctors released its sixth studio album, “If the River Was Whiskey,” seemingly a new direction with boozy blues/rock. One of the songs is called “Scotch and Water Blues.”
The lengthy blues riffs are quite a different sound from the group’s hits of two decades ago. However, Schenkman has said that the group was originally a blues band before it became known for pop rock.
Here’s how Barron described the new songs: “a ramshackle, broken carriage running down a cobblestone hill, with pots and pans, and a screaming baby ...”
Now that’s something to go nuts about.