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Background information
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Post-grunge
Years active 1991–present
Labels Sony, Beyond, Idol
Associated acts Loudhouse, Spys4Darwin, Crud, The Orbitsuns
Vinnie Dombroski
Billy Adams
Tim Patalan
Kyle Neeley
Andy Patalan
Former members
Mike Cross
Joey Mazzola
Tim Cross
Jimmy Paluzzi
Charlie Grover
Kurt Marschke
Tim Krukowski

Sponge is a post-grunge band from Detroit, Michigan formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Tim Cross, and Joey Mazzola — all formerly of hard-rock band Loudhouse. Sponge was signed to Sony Records in 1993[1] but have since switched to other labels to record various albums.



The band recruited Jimmy Paluzzi on drums to round out the lineup. Their debut album, Rotting Piñata, 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 was the opening act on the first night of the Kiss reunion tour. The band had been tapped a few weeks earlier to replace the Stone Temple Pilots who had to bow out of the opening spot 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 unmistakably pop rock in nature. The band's popularity waned sharply during this period. The only single, "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.

Band members


  • Vinnie Dombroski - vocals
  • Billy Adams - drums
  • Kyle Neeley - guitar
  • Tim Patalan - bass
  • Andy Patalan - guitar/backup vocals


  • Jimmy Paluzzi - drums/backup vocals
  • Mike Cross - guitar
  • Tim Cross - bass
  • Charlie Grover - drums
  • Kurt Marschke - guitar
  • Joey Mazzola - guitar/backup vocals
  • Tim Krukowski - bass




Year Title Label
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


Year Title US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock Album
1995 Plowed - 5 9 Rotting Piñata
Molly 55 3 11
Rainin' - 34 18
1996 Neenah Menasha - - -
Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina) - 15 11 Wax Ecstatic
1997 Have You Seen Mary - - 7
I Am Anastasia - - -
1999 Live Here Without You - - - New Pop Sunday
2003 Treat Me Wrong - - - For All the Drugs in the World
Leave This World - - -
2005 The Man - - - The Man
Higher - - -
2009 Come In From The Rain - - - Come In From The Rain (EP)
2010 Destroy The Boy - - - Destroy The Boy (EP)

Other Releases/Bootlegs

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 Sponge Alive in Detroit
2008 Come In From The Rain / Loose Yourself (Cd Single)
2009 Hits and B Sides Volume 1 (EP)
2010 Destroy The Boy (EP) Buddy No Larry, Inc

Non-album songs

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 For Choice
1999 "Chameleon" The Musician's Choice, Volume 1

See also


  1. ^ Sponge biography at

External links

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