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Marcy Playground

Although the members of Marcy Playground met in New York City during the mid-'90s, both singer/guitarist John Wozniak and bassist Dylan Keefe originally hailed from Minneapolis, and drummer Dan Rieser grew up in Ohio. The group took its name from the Marcy Open School, an experimental elementary school that Wozniak attended in the late '70s. Wozniak was intimidated by a few other students during his time at Marcy Open, and he ultimately refused to join his peers on the school's playground during recess. Subsequently, the singer claimed that this tough period of his life served as "a foundation for a future self." In one of the band's first bios, he explained, "The strange way in which I see the world today can be directly traced back to the time when, as a little boy, I sat paralyzed by the unfortunate realities of life as I looked out of a school window and down onto the Marcy Playground."

Keefe attended another nearby school -- a sister school, of sorts, to the one that Wozniak attended -- but it wasn't until both Minneapolis natives moved to N.Y.C. that they first crossed paths. Introduced via acclaimed jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, the two realized they shared similar tastes in music and soon decided to form a band. Keefe recommended an old college friend, Rieser, to play drums for the group, which led to the official birth of Marcy Playground.

The group eventually signed a recording contract with Capitol Records and released a self-titled debut album in February 1997. Several months after the album's release, rock radio picked up on the group's single "Sex and Candy" (comparable to Nirvana's more tranquil moments), which pushed the album up the U.S. charts and, eventually, to platinum certification. The trio began work on a second full-length effort, trying to avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx that so many other rock bands have fallen prey to after scoring an inaugural hit. Marcy Playground proved ultimately susceptible to the aforementioned "curse," as the resulting album, 1999's Shapeshifter, was widely panned by critics and sank from sight shortly after its release. The group shrank away from the spotlight but continued releasing albums, with MP3 arriving in 2004 and Leaving Wonderland...In a Fit of Rage following in 2009. The remix album, Indaba Remixes from Wonderland -- featuring remixed versions of tracks off Leaving Wonderland -- appeared in 2010. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Yea.... the 90's was occasionally able to squeeze out a few beautiful pearls!!
I love this song
Scammers hey.... >:( but wait here's a scam for you...... Follow me.


davidlayton2 1

Don't read this, because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this, don't stop.This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary, because it works. 4 months ago guitardude67 1 This is far too awes
PaulSidd, An outstanding band and please keep making albums. Shapeshifter is one of my top 10 albums of all time, the critics missed the boat on this one.
Have there been any other radio singles, or another one of those anomalies, or enigmas that left the door open to record more albums, and with the exception of the most loyal fans, the proceeding records go unnoticed.
They suck as a band
I just saw these guys on some VH1 show....they didn't age well at all..the singer got fat..his face was all bloated...to o much candy maybe
If you haven't listened to anything else from Marcy Playground, you're missing out. Which sex and candy is a decent track, it's not even close to their best. :)
Lmao. Sex and candy is still a song I listen to.
I love you baby come back and sing this song to me again daddy
Sex and candy -.- legit
hmmm.. wish i could go back in time..
Sex and Candy, loved the video.
ksbikers1
One of the best bands of all time. Doesn't compare to anything else. Marcy rocks especially live :)
I smell sex and candy ;)
The psychoanalyt i c conspiracies behind this song are idiotic. Have you really heard the song, and what is wrong with your sick minds?
msjann6
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Say a school day
4. Close your hand
5. Say your name
6. Open your hand and look at it
7. Post this to at least 15 other songs your crush will ask you out the day you said
whos that loungin in your chair?
meez ;)
There's always sex & candy at my house. Follow me of u want to know we're the party's at!!!
fubar123
Sex and candy YUM YUM
Sherry Fraser by far one of the best songs ever!!!
silverpearl3 7
@ dippy468 u just messed the song up for me
dippy468
In sex and candy think about it. What if he is talking about his mom? Song ruined:D
With the song Sex and candy I belive she is cheating on him -_-
my favorite band of all times.
The greatest band
this band gets no respect
fifthbeatle1 1
Every song is great. Every. Effing. Song.
angus31
Check out my pic...hung out with the guys several times...most down to earth, cool people you will ever meet!
chobo.geo
My band is going to play with these guys at the Middle East club in Cambridge, MA in January 2011.
Marcy Playground permanently etched their way into my soul one sleepless night in highschool. I was up the whole night tripping on acid while playing final fantasy on playstation. The whole night I listened to their first album over and over again on my discman. I heard a rumor from one of my druggie friends just days before that 'sex and candy' was actually about a 12 year old girl getting raped. Everytime the song played I got lost in the music analizing the lyrics wondering- could it be true?
the problem that Marcy Playground met with was that they came along in the wake of Nirvana, and had to compete with crap like Britney Spears and boy bands for ratings and listeners. They are an amzing group and I haven't found a single song by them that I don't like.
Sex is always good, but I prefer fruit over candy.
quite the band if i do say so myself, thier first albums my favorite
I saw these guys live in Kansas City this summer at the Crossroads and they were fantastic live. Maybe the person in the previous comment caught them on a bad night in '98, but they were fantastic in '09! I love every album of theirs. Keep up the great work!
i love sex and candy my fav song=>
<3
sex and candy is my favorite:>
They seem alright for a boring radio band :)
wpd_tiger
I had the misfortune to see these guys live at BFD 5 in '98 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Their albums are great and i was really looking forward to seeing their set. They were horrible. So disappointin g . I left three songs into their set. Don't ever see them live if you have the chance, it will ruin the way you look at their albums.
I f**kin love these guys back in 97 this was the first cd that I ever baught they turned me on to rock and all I have to say is thank God for them or else I might be lising to rap or some other s**t like that
"Shapeshifte r " was great, but honestly, so are the other two albums. I haven't heard a bad song by Marcy Plaground yet, which makes them being dubbed "One Hit Wonders" such a damn shame. The new album "Leaving Wonderland.. . " sounds fantastic too; you can hear some of it on the myspace page (myspace.com / m a r c y p l a y g r o u n d m u s i c ) .
interesting story for how the band met 4 sure, great songs 2
muddychris
New drummer Shlomi ... Dryden on the Keys ... new record "Leaving Wonderland in a Fit of Rage" on it's way .... MP rocks
I completely agree. Shapeshifter is their best album, and it's insane that they left it off and have MP3 instead.
sex and candy all one of the same. mmmmmmmmmmmm m m m m m m m m m m !
BOMP? - Missing Shapeshifter , the most awesome album of all
this is a song about the impact of the death of Kurt Cobain & the LIES that have been told about it. Forget Sex & Candy-this is the REAL DEAL!
where the f**k is shapeshifter album at Pandora...th a t is one of your problems...y o u leave out decent albums
I want to hear the Shapeshifter album!
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