Throwback Thursday ‘Sex and Candy’ by Marcy Playground (1997)
It's the week of Halloween and what is Halloween all about? Getting candy, of course!
This song is obviously more for the adults celebrating Halloween this year!
"Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground was the breakout single from the band's self-titled debut album.
Marcy Playground is a Minneapolis-based band made up of members John Wozniak, Dylan Keefe, and Shlomi Lavie.
John Wozniak has said that the idea for "Sex and Candy" came from hanging out at his girlfriend's dorm room and someone stating that it smelled like sex and candy. Wozniak went on to write the song in less than an hour.
While the song was critically praised, it was also critiqued for its off-the-wall lyrics. Wozniak stated in an interview, "If you listen to that song, it's pretty clear it wasn't written to be a hit. It's just a quirky little weird song."
According to Wikipedia, "Wozniak decided that he would sell the rights to 'Sex and Candy' if a buyer was willing to give him $1 million for the rights to the track and $750,000 for his next album. A week after the song reached the top position on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks, he got three offers for those amounts and sold the rights. 'Sex and Candy' spent a then-record 15 weeks at number one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, a record bested four years later by Nickelback's 'How You Remind Me'. The track peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100."
Marcy Playground only really had one big hit with "Sex and Candy" becoming a 'one-hit-wonder,' however, the band seems okay with that. Wozniak has said that he felt overwhelmed by the song's success and didn't think he could keep up with another hit song of that caliber.
"Sex and Candy" is garnered as one of the best songs of the 90s. It landed at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1998, however it was #1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart for the same year.
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