Wax Ecstatic
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Wax Ecstatic
Wax Ecstatic
Sponge-Wax Ecstatic.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 2, 1996
GenreAlternative rock, grunge
49:40 (Japan Bonus Tracks)
18:03 (5 Track Album Sampler)
16:05 (4 Track Promo)
ProducerSponge and Tim Patalan
Sponge chronology
Rotting Piñata
Wax Ecstatic
New Pop Sunday
Singles from Wax Ecstatic
  1. "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Have You Seen Mary"
    Released: 1997
5 Track CD Album Sampler
Wax ecstatic album sampler.jpg
4 Track Promo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone3/5 stars February 2, 1998

Wax Ecstatic is the second studio album by the band Sponge. It was released in 1996 on Columbia Records. Originally intended to be a concept album revolving around the death of a Memphis drag queen, that idea was aborted, though many of the tracks that ended up making the cut originated from this idea.[]

Track listing

All songs produced by Sponge and Tim Patalan.

1."My Purity"Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross3:32
2."Got to Be a Bore"Vinnie Dombroski3:24
3."Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)"Vinnie Dombroski4:08
4."The Drag Queens of Memphis"Vinnie Dombroski4:54
5."I Am Anastasia"Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Joey Mazzola3:58
6."Silence Is Their Drug"Vinnie Dombroski3:11
7."Have You Seen Mary"Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross3:49
8."My Baby Said"Vinnie Dombroski, Joey Mazzola3:05
9."The Death of a Drag Queen"Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Joey Mazzola5:20
10."Velveteen" (Contains the hidden track "Imagine You")Vinnie Dombroski7:32


All songs produced by Sponge and Tim Patalan.

5 Track CD Album Sampler
1."Got to Be a Bore"Vinnie Dombroski3:24
2."Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)" (Radio Edit)Vinnie Dombroski3:47
3."I Am Anastasia"Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Joey Mazzola3:58
4."My Baby Said"Vinnie Dombroski, Joey Mazzola3:05
5."Have You Seen Mary"Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross3:49

All songs produced by Sponge and Tim Patalan except where noted.

4 Track Promo
1."Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)"Vinnie Dombroski 4:08
2."No Fun" (Live at CBGB's December 4, 1995)Iggy Pop 3:45
3."Imaginary Marriage"Vinnie Dombroski 3:16
4."Wax Ecstatic (Critter Full On Remix)"Vinnie DombroskiTim Palmer, Critter4:56

Band members

  • Vinnie Dombroski - vocals/drums/guitar
  • Michael Cross - guitars/bass
  • Tim Cross - bass
  • Joey Mazzola - guitars/backing vocals
  • Charlie Grover - drums

Additional personnel

  • Tim Patalan - recording
  • Andy Patalan & Matt Hanson - recording assistants
  • Tim Palmer - mixing, additional production on "Silence Is Their Drug"
  • Mark O'Donoughue - mix engineer
  • Jamie Seyberth - additional engineering
  • Lamont Hyde - engineering assistant
  • Steve King - engineer
  • Mike Corbett - post production edit
  • Howie Weinberg - mastering
  • Pablo Mathiason - A&R
  • Susan Silver - management
  • Stacy Fass - legal
  • Gudvi, Chapnick & Oppenheim - business management
  • John Jackson - international booking
  • Mary Maurer - art direction
  • SITE - design
  • Melanie Nissen - photography

Additional musicians

  • Richard Butler - additional vocal on "I Am Anastasia"
  • Johnny Evans - tenor, alto and baritone sax
  • Chris Codish - acoustic piano
  • Mando Dorame - sax solo on "My Baby Said"
  • Steve Baxter - trombone on "My Baby Said"
  • Donald Hayes - saxophone on "My Baby Said"
  • Anne King - trumpet on "My Baby Said"
  • Tim Patalan - cello


Chart Positions


Chart (1996) Peak
The Billboard 200 60


Year Song Chart Peak position
1996 Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina) Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 15
1997 Have You Seen Mary Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 7

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