Title - 'Demoed in Detroit: 1997-98'
Artist - Sponge
For those not in the know, Sponge is an American alternative rock band from Detroit, Michigan formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Tim Cross, Jimmy Paluzzi, and Joey Mazzola.
Dombroski and the Cross brothers were founding members of the hard rock band Loudhouse, later joined by Mazzola at the end of the band's tenure.
Sponge was signed to Sony Records in 1994, but has since switched to other labels throughout their career.
Released on January 25th, 2019 via Cleopatra Records, Demoed in Detroit 1997-98 is a never-before-released set of studio recordings taped in Detroit following the band's blockbuster sophomore album Wax Ecstatic!
1. 'How Much Do You Think of Love'
2. 'Fell in Deep'
3. 'Falling for the Girls'
4. 'Great Big Flop'
5. 'Love's a Killer'
6. 'Once in a Blue Moon'
7. 'Laughing at Me'
8. 'Get Down and Assume the Position'
9. 'What Are Good Friends For'
10. 'Walk in My Shoes'
11. 'Turn Out the Lights'
12. 'Song for the End of the World'
13. 'Someone to Talk To'
14. 'Break on Through'
15. 'My Generation'
16. 'Born To Be Wild'
17. 'Plowed' (Acoustic Pilot Mix)
18. 'Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)' (Mad Piano Mix)
Kicking off in fine style with the piercing punk sensibilities of 'How Much Do You Think of Love' and backing it up with the grunge of 'Fell in Deep,' the Nirvana-esque 'Falling for the Girls,' due to its indie-punk-alternative vibe, the album definitely isn't for all music fans.
The ballad 'Great Big Flop' is up next and is followed by the mid-tempo power pop duo of 'Love's a Killer' and then 'Once in a Blue Moon,' before they unleash the searing guitar work of 'Laughing at Me.'
'Get Down and Assume the Position' is seamlessly backed by the raw acoustic vibe of 'What Are Good Friends For,' with the forthright 'Walk in My Shoes' and then the quieter ballad 'Turn Out the Lights' along next.
The pop guitar jangles of 'Song for the End of the World' is a true, unadulterated highlight here and is followed by the finger-snappin' indie pop of 'Someone to Talk To' and then the first of their covers, The Doors' 'Break on Through.'
Whereas that previous cover showed restraint and a will to make it their own, Sponge dive in head first into their Who cover of 'My Generation' and nail it near note perfectly. Steppenwolf's 'Born To Be Wild' is another example of that.
Simply put, Sponge had a hit right out of the box with its debut album, Rotting Piñata, which was certified gold. The singles 'Plowed' and 'Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain)' were both Top 5 hits on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, and the success sent the group criss-crossing North America and to Europe.
So, it's very appropriate that this Demoed album then rounds out with those two aforementioned Sponge favorites. The first being a rather beautiful, wistfully acoustic piano rendition of 'Plowed' (Acoustic Pilot Mix), with a near seven minute, and equally acoustically sensational 'Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)' (Mad Piano Mix) bringing things to a close.
Inclusive of 13 original songs, 3 blistering cover tunes plus 2 incredible acoustic versions of the band's hits 'Plowed' and 'Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain,' Demoed is a fans delight.
Raw and powerful, this is an essential album for fans of Sponge and classic '90s alternative rock!
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