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535 Rotting Piñata by Sponge

Rotting Piñata

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Tim Patalan

Was Rotting Piñata another take on Seattle grunge, or did the debut by Sponge differentiate itself from 1994's class of alternative rock?

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After the early 90s explosions of Seattle grunge and alternative rock, labels swept up bands from across the country (and globe) that had any sonic resemblance to the chart toppers. By 1994, the signing frenzy was in full swing, and bands new and old found their way to major labels. Some were teenagers from Australia, while others might have veterans of midwestern hard rock and metal bands, as was the case with Sponge. If there is a reason why their major label debut Rotting Piñata from 1994 sounds so confident, it's because these weren't first timers figuring it out. That confidence shows as the album balances tight, melodic singles with album tracks that incorporate a wide pallet of influences from 80s Psychedelic Furs and R.E.M. to 90s shoegaze and metal.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Molly
  • 16:32 - Miles
  • 18:00 - Neenah Menasha
  • 28:00 - Giants
  • 31:36 - Pennywheels
  • Outro - Drowned

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