Sponge (band)

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Background information
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Grunge, alternative metal, cowpunk, southern metal[1][2]
Years active 1991–present
Labels Sony, Beyond, Idol, The End
Associated acts Crud, The Orbitsuns, Spys4Darwin, Loudhouse
Website spongetheband.com
Members Vinnie Dombroski
Billy Adams
Kyle Neely
Andy Patalan
Tim Patalan
Past members Tim Krukowski
Kurt Marschke
Charlie Grover
Mike Cross
Tim Cross
Joey Mazzola
Jimmy Paluzzi

Sponge is an American alternative rock band from Detroit, Michigan formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Tim Cross, and Joey Mazzola. All were formerly of the hard rock band Loudhouse. Sponge was signed to Sony Records in 1994[3] but have since switched to other labels.


The band recruited Jimmy Paluzzi on drums to round out the lineup. Their debut album, Rotting Piñata, released in 1994, was a major hit, received heavy play on radio and MTV, and was certified gold by the RIAA. The two biggest singles from that album were "Plowed" and "Molly" but by the end of 1994 Charlie Grover replaced drummer Paluzzi. Their follow-up album was called Wax Ecstatic; the track "Have You Seen Mary" was included in the Kevin Smith film Chasing Amy.

On June 28, 1996, Sponge opened for the Kiss reunion tour. The band had been hired a few weeks earlier to replace the Stone Temple Pilots, who had cancelled their opening performance due to Scott Weiland's drug problems. The show was one of the last concerts held at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.

New Pop Sunday, on Beyond Records, was a departure from the grittier sound of the first two albums, featuring songs that were pop rock in nature. The band's popularity waned sharply during this period; however, "Live Here Without You" was nominated for the Outstanding National Single award by the Detroit Music Awards in 2000.

In 2001, Dombroski joined the Seattle side project Spys4Darwin, which recorded one EP and worked together into the following year. During that time, the Cross brothers and Charlie Grover left Sponge, and the remaining members (Mazzola and Dombroski) recruited drummer Billy Adams, guitarist Kurt Marschke and bassist Tim Krukowski. Sponge continued their career with For All the Drugs in the World on Idol Records in 2003.

The band stayed with their current record label. Vinnie Dombroski created a new lineup once again, this time without the other founding member Joey Mazzola. Dombroski became the only remaining original member of Sponge; although, Adams and Krukowski from the previous album stayed. The Man was released through traditional channels on Idol Records.

It was announced in November 2007 that the band would release a new album, titled Galore Galore, on their newly signed label Bellum Records. In addition, the lineup from The Man would be the same for the new album. This is the second time that the lineup stayed the same, the first time being between Wax Ecstatic and New Pop Sunday. The album was finally released on December 4, 2007 (the release date varied depending on the outlets that supplied the album). In 2009, former Sponge producer Tim Patalan replaced Krukowski on bass, and the following year the band released the EP Destroy the Boy. All of the songs from this release would round out the next studio album by the band in 2013, Stop the Bleeding. The band's latest album, The Beer Sessions, was released on October 8, 2016 through a campaign on Pledgemusic.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Joey Mazzola – guitar, backing vocals (1991–2004)
  • Mike Cross – guitar (1991–2001)
  • Tim Cross – bass (1991–2001)
  • Jimmy Paluzzi – drums, backing vocals (1991–1994)
  • Charlie Grover – drums (1994–2001)
  • Kurt Marschke – guitar (2001–2004)
  • Tim Krukowski – bass (2001–2009)
  • Robby Graham - bass (2001)



Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label Certifications
1994 Rotting Piñata Sony
1996 Wax Ecstatic
1999 New Pop Sunday Beyond
2003 For All the Drugs in the World Idol
2005 The Man
2007 Galore Galore Bellum
2013 Stop the Bleeding Three One Three Records / The End Records
2016 The Beer Sessions

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Label Certifications
2010 Destroy the Boy EP Three One Three Records


Year Title US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock Album
1994 "Neenah Menasha" - - - Rotting Piñata
"Plowed" - 5 9
1995 "Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)" 55 3 11
"Rainin'" - 34 18
1996 "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)" - 15 11 Wax Ecstatic
1997 "Have You Seen Mary" - - 7
1999 "Live Here Without You" - - - New Pop Sunday
"1000 Times" - - -
2003 "Treat Me Wrong" - - - For All the Drugs in the World
"Leave This World" - - -
2005 "The Man" - - - The Man
"Higher (Part 1)" - - -
2009 "Come in From the Rain" - - - Destroy the Boy EP
2010 "Destroy the Boy" - - -
2013 "Fade From View" - - - Stop The Bleeding
2013 "Life's Bitter Pills" - - -

Other releases/Bootlegs[edit]

Year Title Label
1995 In Concert Westwood One
1999 The Exclusive Sponge Sessions (Live & Acoustic) BMG
2000 Molly (Sixteen Candles) Sony
Rarities Volume 1 and 2 Bootleg
2002 Live Radio Show Bootleg
2005 Hard to Keep My Cool (Exclusively Sold at Shows) Idol
2007 Alive in Detroit
2009 "Come In from the Rain"/"Lose Yourself" (Single)
2009 Hits & B Sides Volume 1
2011 Hits & B Sides Volume 2
2013 Alive in Detroit Three One Three Records
2014 Deep Cuts Live Three One Three Records
2014 Rotting Alive Three One Three Records

Non-album songs[edit]

Year Song Release
1995 "Seventeen" Mallrats soundtrack
"Isolation" Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon
"Go Speed Racer" Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits
1996 "All This and Nothing" The Craft soundtrack
"Christmas Day" O Come All Ye Faithful: Rock 4 Choice
1999 "Chameleon" The Musician's Choice, Volume 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sponge". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ "Sponge". MTV. 
  3. ^ "Sponge biography". MTV.com. 
  4. ^ Sponge Biography at allmusic

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