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One Hit Wonders - MARCY PLAYGROUND (1998)
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"Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground - 

With images of "Disco Lemonade" and "Double Cherry Pie," this is one of the more puzzling songs of the '90s, and according to Marcy Playground songwriter/lead singer John Wozniak, the song pulls many things from many places. In our interview with John Wozniak, he explained: "Where did I get the 'sex and candy' part from? Well, I was dating a girl and she was going to Bryn Mawr College and it's where my dad teaches. And I was probably 17 or something like that and she was like 18. I always liked the older girls. (laughs) But we were in her dorm room, and her roommate came in and she saw us there, and she was like, 'Oh, it smells like sex and candy in here.' And I always remembered that. And that was back in the late '80s.
 
And then when I was writing the song and I was coming up with all these weird disco-era references that I was making up, 'platform double suede' and all that business, I was like, hey, let's just throw in that phrase that's been sticking in my head for the last 5 years or whatever. So I wrote that song in '92, '93, somewhere around there. And it didn't really come out until '97. That song had been at least in my consciousness since the late '80s. At least with the concepts behind it.
 
But it's just about seeing some sexy girl and then falling in love, and then asking a dumb question to yourself… well, it's not even asking a question. It's just – I don't know!! I don't know. (laughing) I'm just gonna be straight up honest. I don't know. I'm telling you, when I was very young I experimented with drugs, but when I was writing these songs, I wasn't high. But it sounds like I was high."
 
According to Wozniak, even though there's a lot going on in this song, it took him only an hour to write.
 
The trippy video for this song was created by Jamie Caliri, whose work includes the United Airlines "Dragon" commercial and the opening sequence of the TV show United States of Tara. His brother is Mario Calire, a drummer that has played in The Wallflowers and Ozomatli. John Wozniak told us: "He's got a really unique artsy sensibility that is very surreal. The imagery of it is really random. I mean, it's art. What we do is art. In the stuff I've done in the past there's not always a direct meaning, and I think that's the same with his video. He had a lot of very hidden subtexts in the video. Nowadays my songs are much simpler. They're about relationships, they're about my wife, they're about much simpler concepts."

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=20085

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1998 - Year End Charts

1 Next Too Close
2 Brandy and Monica The Boy Is Mine
3 Shania Twain You're Still The One
4 Savage Garden Truly Madly Deeply
5 LeAnn Rimes How Do I Live
6 Janet Together Again
7 K-Ci and JoJo All My Life
8 Elton John Candle In The Wind 1997
9 Usher Nice & Slow
10 Paula Cole I Don't Want To Wait

28 Marcy Playground Sex And Candy

| Closed on 08/03/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
6 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great Song)
50%b. 7-9 (Liked that song)
17%c. 5-6 (Son was ok)
17%d. Who? What? Huh?
17%e. Get that weak crap outta here!

  
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#1 | 287 days ago

Apparently, I liked this song so much that I bought the CD.  Unfortunately, the rest of the album was not as good as I thought this song once was. FAIL!
7-9 (Liked that song)  

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