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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

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    1 song

    Pop Rock

    1 song

    '90s Pop

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

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