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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.   Gone Crazy
  9.   Poppies
  10.   Hallelujah
  11.   Rock and Roll Heroes
  12.   Thank You
  13.   Deadly Handsome Man
  14.   One More Suicide
  15.   My Favorite Tree In Fall
  16.   Special
  17.   I Burned the Bed
  18.   Emperor
  19.   Blackbird
  20.   Flag and Finger
  21.   Wave Motion Gun
  22.   Bye Bye
  23.   The Shadow of Seattle
  24.   Secret Squirrel
  25.   Devil Woman
  26.   Ancient Walls of Flowers
  27.   The Needle and the Damage Done
  28.   Bang Bang Bang
  29.   Star Baby
  30.   Irene
  31.   I Must Have Been Dreaming
  32.   Good Times
  33.   Gin and Money
  34.   Down the Drain
  35.   Barfly
  36.   Sleepy Eyes
  37.   Brand New Day
  38.   Jesse Went to War
  39.   Spoonfed
  40.   America
  41.   It's Saturday
  42.   Comin' up from Behind
  43.   Memphis
  44.   Sherry Fraser
  45.   The Plant Song
  46.   A Cloak of Elvenkind
  47.   The Tale of Captain McGuire
  48.   John Fisher Ford
  49.   Ballad of Aslan
  50.   Rosey Risin'
  51.   Whiter Shade of Pale
  52.   Black Eyed Sue
  53.   Death of a Cheerleader
  54.   Paper Dolls
  55.   Punk Rock Superstar
  56.   Hotter Than the Sun
  57.   Love Bug
  58.   Pigeon Farm
  59.   Sunday Mail
  60.   Opium
  61.   Dog and His Master
  62.   Blood in Alphabet Soup
  63.   Twinkle By Joe
  64.   Alice and Everything
  65.   Up and Down
  66.   Mr. Fisher
  67.   Crazy Katy Nicotine and Her Red Jet Air Ballon
  68.   The Angel of the Forever Sleep
  69.   From The Marcy Playground
  70.   Shapeshifter
  71.   Rebel Sodville
  72.   Here My Train A Comin
  73.   People Are People
  74.   No One's Boy
  75.   Here Comes Summer

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