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Marcy Playground

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New York, United States (1996 – present)

Marcy Playground is an American and band. Named for the formative location in lead singer John Wozniak’s childhood (the Marcy Open grade school in Minneapolis, Minnesota), Marcy Playground emerged in the late . They had been influenced heavily by Kurt Cobain and his band Nirvana. The influence is quite clear on Marcy Playground’s self-titled album, with songs like The Shadow Of Seattle and Saint Joe on the School Bus. Wozniak’s first effort, Zog Bogbean - From The Marcy Playground, was self-produced, recorded in his bedroom studio with some help from his then-girlfriend Sherry Fraser and her brother Scott in the early nineties. A small run of CDs were self-released by Wozniak, and to this day they remain extremely difficult to find.

In 1996, after attending the Evergreen State College for two years, Wozniak moved east to New York, where Marcy Playground began to coalesce around the songs that would become the self-titled album. Bassist Dylan Keefe and drummer Dan Rieser filled out the band’s sound, and complemented Wozniak’s songwriting. The self-titled album was released in 1997, and Marcy Playground emerged into the mainstream with the success of the single “Sex and Candy.” Marcy Playground is quiet and minimalist in tone. Wozniak’s songs run in many different styles: some are music; many have undertones reminiscent of children’s songs; the blurred sound of makes appearances; and then there are the songs with a clear sound.

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