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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

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    1 song

    Top Alternative

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

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