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

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