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

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