Andy Patalan

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Andy Patalan
Birth name Andrew Patalan
Born (1970-03-14) March 14, 1970 (age 44)
Origin Lorain, Ohio, US
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musician, producer, actor
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano, bass guitar
Years active 1980s-present
Labels Idol, Bellum, Three One Three Records, The End Records, Overture Records
Associated acts Sponge, Solid Frog, Brownsville Station, Throttlebody, Bob Guiney Band
Notable instruments
Reverend Flying V

Andrew "Andy" Patalan (born March 14, 1970) is an American musician best known as the guitarist and backing vocalist for the alternative rock band Sponge.[1] He also is a founding member of Solid Frog and Throttlebody. He was also the guitarist for Brownsville Station from 2011–2013. His brother Tim Patalan, who is the bassist and producer of Sponge. He is the owner of his home studio, ATP Productions in Shelby Township, Michigan, and he is the co-owner of The Loft Recording Studio in Saline, Michigan.

Personal life[edit]

Patalan grew up on a farm in Saline, Michigan with his brother Tim. One of the barns on this farm was later turned into his recording studio called The Loft Recording Studio, which he is the co-owner of along with his brother, and has been the studio for recording over 100 bands since 1988.[2]


Patalan joined Sponge in 2004, after a major line-up change in the band. He and guitarist that was in Patalan's other bands, Kyle Neely joined after former guitarists Joey Mazzola and Kurt Marschke left the band, making singer Vinnie Dombroski the only original member. Although Patalan was new to the guitar role in Sponge, he was very familiar with the band. He was the assistant engineer for the Sponge albums Rotting Piñata (1994), Wax Ecstatic (1996), and New Pop Sunday (1999). His first album with Sponge while playing guitar is the 2005 EP Hard to Keep My Cool. His first studio album with Sponge is The Man from 2005. Patalan's first live album with Sponge was released in 2007, called Alive in Detroit, this was also Sponge's first live album ever. His second studio album with Sponge was the 2007 release Galore Galore. Patalan's second EP with Sponge, Destroy the Boy was released in 2010. In 2013 Sponge participated in the Summerland Tour. This was a tour with Filter, LIVE, and Everclear. On this tour is where the newest Sponge album, Stop the Bleeding was first released on Three One Three Records, the album was only available at Summerland shows. It was later announced that Sponge signed to The End Records to release the album nationally in September 2013.

Year Title Label
2005 Hard to Keep My Cool Idol
2005 The Man Idol
2007 Alive in Detroit Sponge Records
2007 Galore Galore Bellum
2010 Destroy the Boy Three One Three Records
2013 Stop the Bleeding Three One Three Records

Solid Frog[edit]

Solid Frog is a Detroit based grunge band in which Patalan is the lead singer and guitarist of.[3] Two albums have been released by this band, Supercoat (1995) and Pepperspray (1997). They got some airplay on radio stations, especially the song "Standard Day". The second album also received some airplay, but not as much as the first one.

Year Title Label
1995 Supercoat Overture Music
1997 Pepperspray Overture Music
2010 Personal Space Invaders Self Released

Brownsville Station[edit]

Patalan joined the rock band Brownsville Station in 2011. Brownsville Station is most remembered for their 1973 hit single Smokin' in the Boys Room. He briefly played guitar and sang before he left the band in 2013. He recorded one album with the band.

Year Title
2012 Still Smokin'


Throttlebody is a band made up of three members of Solid Frog.[4] Andy Patalan, Kyle Neely, and Mike Purcell formed Throttlebody and released a self-titled album in 2002.

Year Title Label
2002 Throttlebody Overture Music

Contributions to other bands[edit]

Patalan has worked with a number of other bands and recording artists.[5] When he is not playing one of the many instruments that he plays (guitar, percussion, bass guitar, piano, or vocals), he often works as a mixer, producer or sound engineer.

Year Title Artist Instrument
1997 Six Ways From Sunday Nineteen Wheels Dobro
1997 Lessons in Monster Making All Hail Me Sound Effects
2000 Could You Please and Thank You Peter Searcy Guitar
2003 3 Sides Bob Guiney Guitar
2003 Blownaway Bridge Backing Vocals
2004 Travel By Telephone Jettison Red Keyboards
2006 Most Wanted Tattoo Girls Bass Guitar, Percussion
2007 Damage Slap Maggy Vocals
2009 Ballistic Konniption Fit Guitar, Piano, Vocals


Patalan has appeared as himself on TV shows such as The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The View, The Wayne Brady Show, and Cold Pizza.[6] He also appeared on All My Children performing songs with Bob Guiney. Patalan has also composed music for TV shows and documentaries such as Chasing Jimmy![7] and Denton Rose's Shorts.[8]


  1. ^ "SPONGE". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Andy Patalan". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Solid Frog – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". November 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Throttlebody's Songs | Stream Online Music Songs | Listen Free on Myspace". November 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  5. ^ Andy Patalan. "Andy Patalan | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Andy Patalan". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  7. ^ "Chasing Jimmy! (2012) – Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Denton Rose's Short's (Video 2011) – Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 

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