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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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Stations Featuring
Marcy Playground

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    2 songs

    Alternative Party

    Alternative Party
    1 song

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    1 song

    Top Alternative

    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    1 song

    Pop Rock

    1 song

    Relax Trax

    2 songs

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Marcy Playground

Top Songs by
Marcy Playground

  1.   Song
  2.   Sex and Candy
  3.   Never
  4.   All the Lights Went Out
  5.   Saint Joe on the School Bus
  6.   The Vampires of New York
  7.   Keegan's Christmas
  8.   Hallelujah
  9.   The Needle and the Damage Done
  10.   Blood in Alphabet Soup
  11.   A Cloak of Elvenkind
  12.   I Burned the Bed
  13.   Poppies
  14.   Bang Bang Bang
  15.   Flag and Finger
  16.   Gone Crazy
  17.   Star Baby
  18.   Blackbird
  19.   Ancient Walls of Flowers
  20.   The Plant Song
  21.   Up and Down
  22.   Mr. Fisher
  23.   Whiter Shade of Pale
  24.   Black Eyed Sue
  25.   Irene
  26.   I Must Have Been Dreaming
  27.   Good Times
  28.   Gin and Money
  29.   Down the Drain
  30.   Barfly
  31.   Death of a Cheerleader
  32.   Punk Rock Superstar
  33.   Rock and Roll Heroes
  34.   Spoonfed
  35.   Sunday Mail
  36.   Memphis
  37.   The Shadow of Seattle
  38.   Bye Bye
  39.   Sherry Fraser
  40.   From The Marcy Playground
  41.   Here My Train A Comin
  42.   Thank You
  43.   Emperor
  44.   Devil Woman
  45.   Brand New Day
  46.   Deadly Handsome Man
  47.   Jesse Went to War
  48.   No One's Boy
  49.   Love Bug
  50.   Secret Squirrel
  51.   America
  52.   Comin' up from Behind
  53.   Dog and His Master
  54.   Opium
  55.   One More Suicide
  56.   Here Comes Summer
  57.   The Tale of Captain McGuire
  58.   Alice and Everything
  59.   People Are People
  60.   Rosey Risin'
  61.   Crazy Katy Nicotine and Her Red Jet Air Ballon
  62.   Sleepy Eyes
  63.   Paper Dolls
  64.   Rebel Sodville
  65.   The Angel of the Forever Sleep
  66.   Ballad of Aslan
  67.   Hotter Than the Sun
  68.   Shapeshifter
  69.   My Favorite Tree In Fall
  70.   Special
  71.   Wave Motion Gun
  72.   John Fisher Ford
  73.   Pigeon Farm
  74.   It's Saturday
  75.   Twinkle By Joe

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