Wax Ecstatic

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Wax Ecstatic
Studio album by Sponge
Released July 2, 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Length 38:33
49:40 (Japan Bonus Tracks)
18:03 (5 Track Album Sampler)
16:05 (4 Track Promo)
Label Columbia
Producer Sponge and Tim Patalan
Sponge chronology
Rotting Piñata
(1994)
Wax Ecstatic
(1996)
New Pop Sunday
(1999)
Singles from Wax Ecstatic
  1. "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Have You Seen Mary"
    Released: 1997
5 Track CD Album Sampler
4 Track Promo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars February 2, 1998

Wax Ecstatic is the second album by the band Sponge. It was released in 1996 on Columbia Records. Originally intended to be a concept album revolving around the death of a Memphis drag queen, that idea was aborted, though many of the tracks that ended up making the cut originated from this idea.

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Sponge and Tim Patalan.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Purity"   Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross 3:32
2. "Got to Be a Bore"   Vinnie Dombroski 3:24
3. "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)"   Vinnie Dombroski 4:08
4. "The Drag Queens of Memphis"   Vinnie Dombroski 4:54
5. "I Am Anastasia"   Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Joey Mazzola 3:58
6. "Silence Is Their Drug"   Vinnie Dombroski 3:11
7. "Have You Seen Mary"   Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross 3:49
8. "My Baby Said"   Vinnie Dombroski, Joey Mazzola 3:05
9. "The Death of a Drag Queen"   Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Joey Mazzola 5:20
10. "Velveteen" (Contains the hidden track "Imagine You") Vinnie Dombroski 7:32

Samplers[edit]

All songs produced by Sponge and Tim Patalan.

5 Track CD Album Sampler
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Got to Be a Bore"   Vinnie Dombroski 3:24
2. "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)" (Radio Edit) Vinnie Dombroski 3:47
3. "I Am Anastasia"   Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Joey Mazzola 3:58
4. "My Baby Said"   Vinnie Dombroski, Joey Mazzola 3:05
5. "Have You Seen Mary"   Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross 3:49

All songs produced by Sponge and Tim Patalan except where noted.

4 Track Promo
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)"   Vinnie Dombroski   4:08
2. "No Fun" (Live at CBGB's December 4, 1995) Iggy Pop   3:45
3. "Imaginary Marriage"   Vinnie Dombroski   3:16
4. "Wax Ecstatic (Critter Full On Remix)"   Vinnie Dombroski Tim Palmer, Critter 4:56

Band members[edit]

  • Vinnie Dombroski – vocals/drums/guitar
  • Michael Cross – guitars/bass
  • Tim Cross – bass
  • Joey Mazzola – guitars
  • Charlie Grover – drums

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Tim Patalan – recording
  • Andy Patalan & Matt Hanson – recording assistants
  • Tim Palmermixing, additional production on "Silence Is Their Drug"
  • Mark O'Donoughue – mix engineer
  • Jamie Seyberth – additional engineering
  • Lamont Hyde – engineering assistant
  • Steve King – engineer
  • Mike Corbett – post production edit
  • Howie Weinbergmastering
  • Pablo Mathiason – A&R
  • Susan Silver – management
  • Stacy Fass – legal
  • Gudvi, Chapnick & Oppenheim – business management
  • John Jackson – international booking
  • Mary Maurer – art direction
  • SITE – design
  • Melanie Nissen – photography

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Richard Butler – additional vocal on "I Am Anastasia"
  • Johnny Evans – tenor, alto and baritone sax
  • Chris Codish – acoustic piano
  • Mando Dorame – sax solo on "My Baby Said"
  • Steve Baxter – trombone on "My Baby Said"
  • Donald Hayes – saxophone on "My Baby Said"
  • Anne King – trumpet on "My Baby Said"
  • Tim Patalan – cello

Equipment[edit]

Chart Positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
The Billboard 200 60

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart Peak position
1996 Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina) Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 15
1997 Have You Seen Mary Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 7