March 29, 1995

It’s Not A Real Job, But Even So . . .

Mcclatchy News Service

At 32, the lead singer of Sponge said he has figured out that record contracts and MTV videos are nice, but financially, he would have been better off working a real job.

“If you break it down, you struggle for all these years and finally score yourself a publishing deal and then you split up everything, and you say, ‘Wow, I got 20 grand here,’ ” said Sponge front-man Vinnie. Vinnie has no last name because the media department at Columbia Records is creating an image for him. “Then you think, ‘I coulda worked a job making eight bucks an hour and made more than this.’ Instead I lived 10 years without making anything.”

Don’t get Vinnie wrong. He’s not complaining. He’s not complaining because Sponge is finally in the mix. Debut album “Rotting Pinata” is blistering through the music scene, hitting No. 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The video for “Plowed” is in stress rotation on MTV.

“Some people think you get hooked up on a record deal and you’re cool for life. We’re working. We’re doing signings in record stores, doing live stuff on radios, interviews. I prefer that. I don’t want to be seen as a loafer.”

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