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Sponge was one of the more underrated groups in the post-grunge boom of the mid-'90s. When they were on top of their game -- as evidenced by the hits "Plowed" and "Molly (Sixteen Candles)" -- the band's songs had a knack for jangly riffs and catchy, anthemic hard rock hooks, despite being wrapped in the fuzzy guitars and brooding seriousness that typified grunge music. Sponge grew out of a Detroit-based hard rock act called Loudhouse, which released an album on the Virgin label in 1988 before losing its record contract and disbanding shortly thereafter. Drummer-turned-vocalist Vinnie Dombrowski (born Mark Dombrowski) and guitarists Mike Cross and Joey Mazzola regrouped as Sponge in 1992, adding Mike's brother Tim Cross on bass and Jimmy Paluzzi on drums. Adapting their '70s hard rock influences to fit the grunge zeitgeist, the bandmates earned a major-label deal with Columbia and released their debut album, Rotting Pinata, in late 1994. Initially, critics compared Sponge unfavorably to Stone Temple Pilots, but alternative radio embraced the band's first two singles: the driving rocker "Plowed" and the jangly, introspective "Molly (Sixteen Candles)." A third single, "Rainin'," also earned airplay, and Rotting Pinata went gold; meanwhile, Sponge went on tour as Live's opening act. With new drummer Charlie Grover in tow, their 1996 follow-up album, Wax Ecstatic, was a more diverse affair, rediscovering some of the band's roots in arena rock, British glam, and jangle pop. Even though singles like "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)," "I Am Anastasia," and "Have You Seen Mary" enjoyed some degree of radio airplay, Columbia was dissatisfied with the sales figures and dropped Sponge once the album left the charts. Undaunted, Sponge signed a new deal with the Beyond label, which released the more classicist New Pop Sunday in 1999. It attracted little commercial attention, and more personnel shifts ensued. Tired of touring, the Cross brothers both left and were replaced by guitarist Kurt Marschke and bassist Tim Krukowski; Billy Adams also came on board as the new drummer. After several years of recharging -- during which time Dombrowski played in several Detroit-area side projects -- Sponge returned with For All the Drugs in the World in 2003 and Man in 2005. Dombrowski reworked the lineup once again, this time adding guitarists Kyle Neely and Andy Patalan, before returning again to the studio in 2007 to record Galore Galore for Bellum Records. Two year later, there was another lineup shift -- Tim Patalan became the group's bassist -- and they released an EP called Destroy the Boy. A full-length called Stop the Bleeding arrived four years later; the LP contained all of the 2009 EP plus new songs. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Sponge

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    9 songs

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    The Beer Sessions

    12 songs

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    Rotting Alive

    11 songs

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    Stop the Bleeding

    11 songs

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    Galore Galore

    10 songs

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    The Man

    12 songs

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    For All the Drugs in the World

    11 songs

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    Wax Ecstatic

    11 songs

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    Rotting Piñata

    9 songs

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    Alive in Detroit

    1 song

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    Come In From the Rain

    2 songs

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    Come In from the Rain / Lose Yourself

    11 songs

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    New Pop Sunday

    8 songs

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    Deep Cuts Live

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    Sponge Alive in Detroit


Top Songs by
Sponge

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Plowed
  3.   Molly (Sixteen Candles)
  4.   Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)
  5.   Live Here Without You
  6.   My Purity
  7.   Flop
  8.   Wasted
  9.   I Did It Without the Drugs
  10.   My Lackluster Love
  11.   I Wanna Lose
  12.   New Pop Sunday
  13.   Drownin'
  14.   Ugly on the Inside
  15.   Before the End
  16.   Lose Yourself
  17.   Hard to Keep My Cool
  18.   Time Bomb USA
  19.   Skill of the Kill
  20.   Party Till We Drop
  21.   Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)
  22.   Talk to You
  23.   Disconnected
  24.   When You're on Fire Baby, Roll
  25.   Radio Prayer Line
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Sponge

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    '90s Alternative

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    Rock Adrenaline

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    Sunday In The Park

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    '90s Rock

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    Party Alternative

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    Alternative Workout

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    Pearl Jam: DNA

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    Alternative Hits

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    Alt. Hard Rock


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