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

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