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Sponge was one of the most underrated groups within the post-grunge growth from the mid-’90s. If they were together with their video game — as evidenced from the strikes “Plowed” and “Molly (Sixteen Candles)” — the band’s tunes experienced a knack for jangly riffs and catchy, anthemic hard rock and roll hooks, despite becoming wrapped within the fuzzy guitars and brooding seriousness that typified grunge music. Sponge grew from a Detroit-based hard rock and roll act known as Loudhouse, which released an recording around the Virgin label in 1988 before dropping its record agreement and disbanding soon thereafter. Drummer-turned-vocalist Vinnie Dombrowski (given birth to Tag Dombrowski) and guitarists Mike Mix and Joey Mazzola regrouped as Sponge in 1992, adding Mike’s sibling Tim Mix on bass and Jimmy Paluzzi on drums. Adapting their ’70s hard rock and roll influences to match the grunge zeitgeist, the bandmates gained a major-label cope with Columbia and released their debut recording, Rotting Pinata, in past due 1994. In the beginning, critics likened Sponge unfavorably to Rock Temple Pilots, but substitute radio embraced the band’s initial two singles: the generating rocker “Plowed” as well as the jangly, introspective “Molly (Sixteen Candles).” Another one, “Rainin’,” also gained airplay, and Rotting Pinata went yellow metal; meanwhile, Sponge continued tour as Live’s starting act. With brand-new drummer Charlie Grover in tow, their 1996 follow-up record, Polish Ecstatic, was a far more diverse affair, rediscovering a number of the band’s root base in arena rock and roll, Uk glam, and jangle pop. Despite the fact that singles like “Polish Ecstatic (TO MARKET Angelina),” “I Am Anastasia,” and “PERHAPS YOU HAVE Seen Mary” liked some extent of radio airplay, Columbia was dissatisfied using the product sales figures and slipped Sponge after the record left the graphs. Undaunted, Sponge agreed upon a new cope with the Beyond label, which released the greater classicist New Pop Weekend in 1999. It enticed little commercial interest, and more employees shifts ensued. Sick and tired of touring, the Combination brothers both still left and were changed by guitarist Kurt Marschke and bassist Tim Krukowski; Billy Adams also emerged on board because the brand-new drummer. After many years of recharging — where time Dombrowski performed in a number of Detroit-area side tasks — Sponge came back with For all your Drugs on earth in 2003 and Guy in 2005. Dombrowski reworked the lineup once more, this time around adding guitarists Kyle Neely and Andy Patalan, before coming back again towards the studio room in 2007 to record Galore Galore for Bellum Information. Two year afterwards, there is another lineup change — Tim Patalan became the group’s bassist — plus they released an EP known as Destroy the Boy. A full-length known as Stop the Blood loss came four years afterwards; the LP included every one of the 2009 EP plus brand-new songs.

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Full Name Sponge
Awards Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Cartoon, Indonesia KCA for Favourite Cartoon Show, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Animal Sidekick, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Animated Show, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing - Animation, TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, British Academy Children's International Award, Nickelodeon Brazil Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Cartoon, Kids' Choice Award Colombia for Favorite Animated Series
Music Songs Plowed, Molly, Wax Ecstatic, Have You Seen Mary, Neenah Menasha, Rainin’, All This and Nothing, Drownin’, Pennywheels, Rotting Piñata, I Am Anastasia, Treat Me Wrong, Live Here Without You, 1000 Times, Fade From View, Life's Bitter Pills, Silence Is Their Drug, My Purity, Got to Be a Bore, Candy Corn, The Drag Queens of Memphis, Velveteen, Leave This World, Go Speed Racer Go, Lucifer In Las Vegas, Fields, Dare to Breathe, Giants, Party Till We Drop, The Death of a Drag Queen, My Baby Said, Mekron Bomb
Albums Rotting Piñata, Wax Ecstatic, New Pop Sunday, For All the Drugs in the World, Galore Galore, The Man, Alive in Detroit, Destroy the Boy, Stop the Bleeding, The Beer Sessions, Rotting Alive, Deep Cuts Live, Nuclear Slut, Hard to Keep My Cool, Hits and B Sides, Vol. 2, Playlist: The Very Best of Sponge


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chasing Mavericks 2012 performer: "Plowed"
Cold Case 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
No Looking Back 1998 performer: "Plowed"
Chasing Amy 1997 performer: "Have You Seen Mary" 1995
Marvin's Room 1996 performer: "My Purity"
The Craft 1996 performer: "All This and Nothing"
Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits 1995 Video performer: "Go Speed Racer Go"
Mallrats 1995 performer: "Seventeen" / writer: "Seventeen"
Empire Records 1995 performer: "Plowed"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Behind the Attic Door: The Making of 'Rachel's Attic' 2002 Video documentary short
Sponge: Have You Seen Mary 1997

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits 1995 Video

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SoundWave 2012 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Summerland: Live from the Ogden Theatre 2013 TV Movie Themselves
Late Show with David Letterman 1996 TV Series Themselves

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