United Paramount-Screen Gems Network
JOHN DOTE' / NIGHTBEAT IN LAS VEGAS / NATIONAL AND WORLD PROMOTIONS / UPN-SCREEN GEMS NETWORK
JOHN DOTE' / MARCY PLAYGROUND / "SEX AND CANDY" / CAPITOL RECORDS, N.Y.
Marcy Playground is an American alternative rock band consisting of three members: John Wozniak (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Dylan Keefe (Bass), and Shlomi Lavie (Drums). The band is best known for their 1997 hits "Sex and Candy" and "Saint Joe on the School Bus".
The band is named after the Marcy Open grade school in Minneapolis, which is the alternative school John Wozniak attended. He chose the name because many of his songs were inspired by his childhood. Marcy Playground emerged in the late 1990s. Influences include David Bowie, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Wham! and the Beatles. The influences are quite clear on Marcy Playground's self-titled album, with songs like Shadow Of Seattle and Saint Joe On The School Bus. Frontman John 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 limited run of CDs were self-released by Wozniak. "Our Generation" and "Dog And His Master," two songs found on Wozniak's Zog BogBean project, would appear on later Marcy Playground albums. As of April 2009, Zog BogBean is available for download at Marcy Playground's official site as well as other outlets such as iTunes.
Their single release "Sex and Candy" originated on the hit t.v. show "NightBeat In Las Vegas" which was hosted by John Dote' 3 months before radio picked up the band. "NightBeat" aired on the UPN-SCREEN GEMS Network for Capitol Records. Dote' and the show were also credited with national promotions of the smash hit "Smooth" by Santana.
Production Supervisor: Bonnie Burkhert / Capitol Records, N.Y., N.Y.