A Sex and Candy Celebration – An interview with John Wozniak from Marcy Playground

It’s 2017 and seminal 90s hit “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground turns 20 years old. To celebrate, lead singer John Wozniak is going on tour in Ontario, and the band is reissuing their self titled album for Record Store Day.

John originally hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The band derived its name from the school John attended, Marcy Open Grade School. After a couple of years of college, John moved to New York to work with musician Jared Kotler. The pair recorded some tunes that were so awesome, Capitol Records came knocking. Bassist Dylan Keefe joined up to round out the live sound, and Marcy Playground was born.

Marcy Playground signed to Capitol in 1995, and in 1997 Marcy Playground was released. The single “Sex and Candy”, became a tremendous hit, and still enjoys frequent mainstream radio play to this day.

While that song may be what the band’s best known for, it was certainly not their only musical endeavor. Marcy Playground released 3 albums: Shapeshifter (1999), MP3 (2004) and Leaving Wonderland…in a fit of rage, with a bit of hiatus here and there. Lunch, Recess & Detention, released in 2012 was a compilation of b-sides and rarities as well as new music, reminding 90s music lovers that Marcy Playground still made great tunes.

I got the chance to chat with John Wozniak about his upcoming Ontario tour, music new and old and whether addictions can be positive.

John will be taking his show on the road around Ontario, make sure to catch him in your city. And make sure to head over to your favorite record store on Saturday, April 22nd to pick up Marcy Playground for Record Store Day!


Tour Dates:

April 20 @ Dominion House – Windsor, ON
April 21 @ Sammy Krenshaw’s – Tillsonburg, ON
April 22 @ Pressed – Ottawa, ON
April 23 @ The Rockpile – Toronto, ON



Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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