Its a shame that Marcy Playground will forever be associated with the words sex and candy. As far as one-hit wonders go, the strangely libidinous/gluttonous lead-off single from their self-titled 1997 debut really wasnt so bad; it was mellow yet vaguely compelling, and the rest of the album was surprisingly strong in a well-read-slacker type of way. Tracks like Poppies packed a ballsier, more technically proficient punch and betrayed a fascination with drugs and history, while Sherry Fraser proved doubly that singer John Wozniak could write a damn catchy melody. Ilike the rest of the worldmore or less ignored all of the following releases from the NYC three-piece, but we popular music fans of the Aughts arent so jaded that we cant appreciate a sincerely impressive debut record a decade after the fact, are we? I should certainly hope not.
Sat., May 23, 9 p.m., 2009