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on March 13, 2000
The Spongetones have been making wonderful British Invasion music for almost 20 years. Those of us fortunate enough to live near their base of Charlotte, NC have heard these songs live. Of their five releases, "Oh Yeah!" captures the spirit and essence of both the first generation of the British Invasion (Beatles, DC5, Hollies, Searchers, Zombies) and the second generation (Badfinger, The Wackers, The Flame). "Are You Gonna, Do You Need to Love Me" is the great single that should have been number one, if only recorded and released back then. Check out [...] (note singular)for more info. This is an unpaid testimonial.
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on April 12, 1999
I bought this CD when it first came out and was immediately impressed. It brings out the sounds of many '60's British Invasion bands, including The Beatles, Dave Clark 5, The Kinks, etc. "Nothing Left to Hide" and "Stupid Heart" are two of my favorites, and could've been hits in the 1960's. However, the CD "Beat and Torn" is even better.
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VINE VOICEon July 16, 2003
The Spongetones captured the spirit of The Beatles sound and spirit circa '64 and '65. A great record to really rev you up and livin' up your day, and get you cuttin' up a rug on the dance floor. I've never caught this band's live performance, but recall reading a review about their first record in the old fanzine, Trouser Press about twenty years ago. However, I was able to listen this record and it is fabulous. I really enjoyed it, and it has certainly made me a fan.
The album cuts and the musicianship definitely gives this record the five stars it deserves. There's the fast rockin' tunes and there's the ballads. Just by listening to the opening cut, "Not So" lets you know that you're in store for a power poppin' good old time, and the guys slow it down a bit with the sincere, "Return the Boy". The harmonies and that backbeat sound certainly plays homage to the merseybeat sound.
A highly recommended record so check it out now.
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on September 22, 2005
I haven't heard all their albums, but I think it's a fair guess this album is likely their best.

Usually, I'm a bit wary of any artist that tries to copy the Fab Four to a tee. The Spongetones are an exception. At least, they are a tad more genuine than yer run of the mill, low-rent, power pop, Beatles clone.

The vox are a little like Macca's and music is early day Beatles- but no so much that they are copy cats.

The bottomline, Beatles references aside, the songwriting is fairly top notch and catchy. Most songs are under 3 minutes; only a couple are over 3 minutes (and one of those is an 'epic' 4 and a half minutes in length).

Good stuff.
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on March 6, 1999
This is one of my favorites! Their song writing skills gel on this baby. If your a beatle fan, then this is a must. Great work Jamie Hoover!!!
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on February 25, 1999
One of my favorite albums of the past ten years. "Not So," "Stupid Heart," and "Goodbye" could have easily come right off of "With the Beatles," and "Infatuation" sounds more like Paul McCartney than Paul. And they've not limited themselves to sponging off the Fabs -- there's hints of the Kinks, the Zombies, the Dave Clark Five, Squeeze, and a host of other British guitar pop bands.
I've not been able to find any more Spongetones, but, being an afficianado of early British Invasion bands and bands obviously influenced by them, I wouldn't hesitate to obtain more from this band.
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on October 21, 1998
I bought this because of some glowing review I read about these guys taking the old moptop Beatles and Merseybeat sound and updating it with style.
Well, not quite. The Spongetones try sooooo hard to sound like a classic British Invasion band from '64, but the songs are exceedingly wimpy, and the whole thing ends up sounding like a bad parody of a 1964 album. This is the aural equivalent of a Twinkie with no filling.
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