Sponge Boy was only performed three times. Right away, that tells you a lot about this song! Sometime in 1987 or 1988, Uncle Bonsai returned home to Seattle to play three nights at The Backstage in Ballard. It was at these shows that we decided to teach the audience "Sponge Boy." This particular recording was made on the third, and final, night of the homestand, and the group knew that this song would probably never be performed again. You see, as much as I hate to admit it, Sponge Boy is not a very good song.

Sponge Boy is a two and a half minute song that, in the case of this particular performance, took almost seventeen minutes to teach and perform. That the three of us would go up there and spend 14 minutes on this song says something very special...at least, that's the way I'm going to look at it!

- Excerpted from the liner notes by Andrew Ratshin, April 16, 1999

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