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Sponge is a post-grunge Detroit, Michigan, rock band formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, and Joey Mazzola â€” all formerly of hard-rock band Loudhouse. Sponge were signed to Sony Records in 1993.
The band recruited Mike Cross' brother, Tim Cross, on the bass and Jimmy Paluzzi on drums. The band's debut album, Rotting PiÃ±ata, was a minor hit and received heavy play on radio and MTV. The two biggest singles from that album are "Plowed" and "Molly (Sixteen Candles)." The band scored another hit on their next album, Wax Ecstatic, with the title track being a big single. This time around, Charlie Grover replaced drummer Paluzzi.
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.