“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” by the Spin Doctors was about Chris Barron’s stepmother. When he was a kid, she told him that he would grow up to be a janitor and would play his songs for the rats. The Spin Doctors’ debut album sold 5 million copies with this song as the lead single.

Behind the Song: “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” by The Spin Doctors

On October 17th, 1992, New York City-based rock ‘n’ roll band, The Spin Doctors, released their hit song, “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” The track, from their 1991 debut LP, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. While the song is plucky, funny and has an accompanying music video that involves paint splattering and band antics, the meaning and origins of the song are quite serious. That meaning, however, was often lost on audiences in the 90s and early 2000s, says The Spin Doctors’ front man, Chris Barron. We caught up with Barron to ask him about writing the song, who it was about, why the song made a recent resurgence thanks to a viral tweet on Twitter and much more.

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  1. itsmelen

    Another interesting line from the article:

    **Did your stepmom hear it?**

    *I don’t know. The last time I saw her was when I was moving to New York City with Blues Traveler. She was following me through the house, screaming at me to get out. I was grabbing the last of my stuff. The last I saw her, she was standing on our front step with her hair out, you know, all kind of like crazy with cold cream on her face and a terrycloth robe. She was screaming so hard that veins in her forehead were popping out. She was saying, “You’re going to die in a gutter! You’re going to die in a gutter!” It was heavy, man.*

    Edits:

    Here is a [link to the song](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXWbMu4PtpE)

    A [link to a rebuttal](https://bunnyears.com/little-miss-cant-be-wrong-brian-boone/) has been shared several times, but as has been pointed out, this is from a comedy website.

    Lots of comments about she have been right in the end since the Spin Doctors are no longer relevant. Just a thought – Chris Barron probably makes more in residuals every year from Pocket Full of Kryptonite alone than the average American makes working.

  2. for2fly

    From the article:

    > That song is actually about my stepmom, my dad’s ex-wife. People always think it’s about an ex of mine but it’s actually about my dad’s ex, who I grew up with. She was actually a malignant narcissist, if that rings a bell.

    Yes, it does. Like Quasimodo in Notre Dame.

  3. it_is_impossible

    I saw them in the late 90’s at an outdoor festival and they’d been told to play like 30 min, then after playing that time were told they needed to more than double it. Came back out and were basically like “we got this” and proceeded to switch from their tight 3-5min songs to 20 minute jam sessions that rocked the f*ck out from beginning to end.

    I wasn’t even looking forward to their set that much, because they’d been so over saturated on radio play, and they turned out easily being my favorite set of the festival.

  4. Mr_Gravia

    I see he and I had the same stepmother.

  5. Commander_Ajax

    I hope them cigarettes make you cough

  6. Kitchen-Witching

    I wasn’t really a fan, but I saw them as a part of a summer line up and it was a fun concert with good energy.

    I assumed this song was about an ex – I like the comeuppance of a wicked stepmother even better.

  7. Misplaced-psu

    Personally, if I ever met a janitor who played music to rodents, I would think it was SUPER COOL anyway.

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