Marcy Playground at Momo’s 11/15

As a late 80’s baby, I have a rather distinct image in my head of my mom driving me to (elementary?) school circa 1998, jamming out to the KISS FM Top 40 while “Sex and Candy” eased its way onto the car stereo. Things (naturally) proceeded to become uncomfortable because, let’s face it, I was 12, and the song had the word “sex” in it, which was far outside the realm of words that I could casually say at that age without my mom completely freaking out. So, pretending not to secretly know and love every single part of the ballad, I shirked in the back of carpool and prayed that my mom wasn’t listening to the words so she wouldn’t change the station. Proudly enough, I have remained a Marcy Playground fan throughout the years, and, in retrospect, I guess my parents should be proud that I chose that song to love and memorize over other  racy 90’s jams (e.g. Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch”).


Well, three albums and a decade after their ubiquitous 90’s ballad, “Sex and Candy,” was released, Marcy Playground comes coasting into Austin this coming Sunday to play at West 6th venue, Momo’s, alongside Neil Nasset, The Highway, and NLX. With a variety of influences, ranging from 90’s grunge band Nirvana to David Bowie, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, Marcy Playground quickly emerged and established themselves in the late 90’s as a staple of the decade. Their initial self-titled debut album sold around 1.7 million copies and boasted the “Sex and Candy” single, which reigned at number one on the Billboard charts for a (then-record) 15 weeks. Even though their subsequent albums Shapeshifter and MP3 garnered less of a commercial success, the group continued to successfully showcase their eclectic rock-and-roll style which only furthered their 90’s cultish following.

With twelve singles from four albums under their belt, the group comes into town off their latest album, Leaving Wonderland… in a fit of rage, released in July. As a far more personal record than the group’s previous three, lead singer and foundation of Marcy Playground, John Wozniak, makes a point that this record is “by far the best thing [he’s] ever down… and the thing that will connect most with other people,” perhaps because of its origins as a solo record. Expanding it to include the Marcy Playground name, however, has ensured the solidification of the group as alternative rock/post-grunge icons. With their history in the music industry and the loyal dedication of fans, the group will no doubt be putting on a spectacular show this weekend.

Tickets are $15 in advance from Frontgate Tickets and $20 at the door, but, if you want a chance to win FREE TICKETS head over to the event page and click “I Like It!”. Show starts at 7, with the band going on around 10ish, so, come in and rock out; I’ll see you there!


November 11, 2009. Uncategorized.

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