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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lunch, Recess & Detention

1. Shapeshifter

2. Black Eyed Sue

3. Whiter Shade Of Pale

4. Brand New Day

5. Bang Bang Bang

6. Comin' Up From Behind

7. Hallelujah

8. Mr. Fisher

9. Sex And Candy

10. Bye Bye

11. Crazy Katy Nicotine And Her Red Jet Air Balloon

12. Up And Down

13. The Plant Song

14. Special

15. Rosey Risin'

16. Ballad Of Aslan

17. The Needle And The Damage Done

18. The Angel Of The Forever Sleep

19. Sex And Candy (Disco Superfly Remix)

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Track List: Indaba Remixes From Wonderland

1. Blackbird (Max Kourilov Remix)

3. I Must Have Been Dreaming (Soundminister Remix)

4. Star Baby (Star Capella Baby Remix)

5. Gin And Money (Ben Crea Remix)

6. I Burned The Bed (Metal Monger Mix)

7. Blackbird (Assaf Spector Remix)

8. Devil Woman (Orby Spectre Remix)

9. Emperor (Chinese Emperor Remix)

10. Good Times (Jus Bus Remix)

11. Irene (Spoon Mix)

12. Thank You (James Merrifield Remix)

13. Down The Drain (Morescode Remix)

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Track List: MP3

1. Spoonfed

2. Blood In Alphabet Soup

3. No Ones Boy

4. Hotter Than the Sun

5. Rock And Roll Heroes

6. Jesse Went To War

7. Flag And Finger

8. Deadly Handsome Man

9. Punk Rock Superstar

10. Paper Dolls

11. Death Of A Cheerleader

12. Brand New Day

13. Sleepy Eyes

14. Barfly

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Track List: Shapeshifter

1. It's Saturday

2. America

3. Bye Bye

4. All The Lights Went Out

5. Secret Squirrel

6. Wave Motion Gun

7. Rebel Sodville

8. Sunday Mail

9. Pigeon Farm

10. Never

11. Love Bug

12. Our Generation

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Track List: Marcy Playground

1. Poppies

2. Sex And Candy

3. Ancient Walls Of Flowers

4. Saint Joe On The School Bus

5. A Cloak Of Elvenkind

6. Sherry Fraser

7. Gone Crazy

8. Opium

9. One More Suicide

10. Dog And His Master

11. The Shadow Of Seattle

12. The Vampires Of New York

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Track List: Leaving Wonderland...In A Fit Of Rage

1. Blackbird

2. Devil Woman

3. Gin And Money

4. Star Baby

5. I Burned The Bed

6. Irene

7. Emperor

8. Good Times

9. I Must Have Been Dreaming

10. Memphis

11. Thank You

12. Down The Drain

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Say iPhone 5 times on 5 other song repost pick and look under your pillow
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❤❤❤❤❤
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Skinny B. Shut Up poopie head
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I❤ this song ok hun��
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If u kiss my a** turn around three times and do the time warp and spitting in to the wind u will still taste me a**...no joke! Really! I s**t Ya not mate! ....dumbass' s . . . . . .
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craig94011 if you are to comment on an artist you must write good things...
Listen to their other music and your opinion will change.
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*Sex and Candy* HAS and ALWAYS will suck. What a terribly depressing sounding song, regardless of how you interpret the words. This song came out when I was in high school. That's the crowd they really were chasing...ug h . . . t e r r i b l e . . . .
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It's sad they're only remembered for sex and candy. That's not even close to being their best song smh such an underrated band.
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Sex and Candy is the one song that is constantly stuck in my f**king head. Great song thou.<3
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Saw these guys in the late 90's with Marcy Playground. Good times and great music.
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The guy walked into his apt. And his roommate was having sex he said it smells like sex and candy in here left and went for a walk he's not a pedo
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One of the top 1000 tunes of all time!
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I smell sex and candy here
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superchix143 0
I am so curious as to what their other albums sound like
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Sex and Candy or morphine and chocolate!!! It all sounds yummy ..Blackie Lawless (the fierce as phuck black cat ) say 3 meows out of 5....
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Sex and Candy has to be one of the coolest songs in the Universe.
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ipad3kids333
In the 70's some school districts tried different ideas for education .. actually creative ideas where kids could learn things that mattered..an d fun. But of course most so called adults freaked because they had to interact with the kids at school and home so it all went to hell.
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Love sex and candy read my profile page please
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I'm terribly surprised that Shapeshifter got some bad reviews, that is the album that hooked me. The rest of their music isn't all that great compared.
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Too much caffeine now I need a shot!
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cause it isn't Nirvana...id i o t
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I smell sex and candy.. <3
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Sex' candy'. Throw in some weed ..sounds like a fun time..
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This song always weirded me out as a kid lol!!! Strange enough you can't help but still sing along.
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megan1490
How come in the video there is a spider crawling near him?
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Ok It's Saturdays guitar riffs are sweet.
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thealmightys h u a
Who's that casting devious stares at my erection?
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@jul

really? its a good '90s band. if you don't like it, then don't go on their page and insult the fans. its that simple.
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ABSOLUTE CRAP, NOTHING LIKE NIRVANA!
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miltonz66
Yea.... the 90's was occasionally able to squeeze out a few beautiful pearls!!
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I love this song
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Scammers hey.... >:( but wait here's a scam for you...... Follow me.
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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.
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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.
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They suck as a band
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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
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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. :)
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Lmao. Sex and candy is still a song I listen to.
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I love you baby come back and sing this song to me again daddy
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Sex and candy -.- legit
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hmmm.. wish i could go back in time..
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Sex and Candy, loved the video.
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ksbikers1
One of the best bands of all time. Doesn't compare to anything else. Marcy rocks especially live :)
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I smell sex and candy ;)
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The psychoanalyt i c conspiracies behind this song are idiotic. Have you really heard the song, and what is wrong with your sick minds?
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whos that loungin in your chair?
meez ;)
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There's always sex & candy at my house. Follow me of u want to know we're the party's at!!!
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fubar123
Sex and candy YUM YUM
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Sherry Fraser by far one of the best songs ever!!!
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silverpearl3 7
@ dippy468 u just messed the song up for me
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