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

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