Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

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

Artists Related to Marcy Playground

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -



Casting to |