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

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