Marcy Playground - Lunch, Recess & Detention

by Zane Ewton

.
Marcy Playground scored one of the last genuine hits of the alternative rocking 1990s, and all it did was pigeonhole them as the one-hit wonder with goofy lyrics about disco lemonade. Instead of providing the bridge between the quirky alt rockers and the less ironic guys (Matchbox 20, etc.) they became a footnote in ‘90s trivia.

It's a shame because Lunch, Recess & Detention is indication that Sex and Candy was - as usual hit songs are - not indicative of the band's full range.

In the decade and a half following Sex and Candy, Marcy Playground released more albums, were included in several film soundtracks and toured extensively.

Lunch, Recess & Detention features b-sides, covers, re-recordings and a few new tracks that display a compelling range of emotions, a sense of humor and a strictly faithful approach to cover songs.

On paper, the band swings big covering three iconic songs - Whiter Shade of Pale, Hallelujah and The Needle and the Damage Done. Vocalist John Wozniak hits all the right notes, but the straightforward arrangements don't add much to the beloved originals.

Several tracks are predictable in their alt rock conventions. Those outside the realm of ironic indie rock are far more memorable.

The Plant Song is odd and playful while Ballad of Aslan rings with a classic but quirky folk vibe. It's in these songs where they step away from the sound that made them that is often the most compelling.

According to the liner notes, Mr. Fisher started out as a goofy folk-rock track but developed into a reggae song. It works, and is a pleasant respite sandwiched between Hallelujah and the re-recorded Sex and Candy.

For a band that is saddled with the image of late ‘90s slacker excess, they have a range and quality that is admirable. There's much more going on under those devious stares in my direction. Dig it.


Marcy Playground - Lunch, Recess & Detention
Rating:

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

More articles for this artist .



advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Metallica Announce Another Rare Club Show- Dio, Lemmy and Randy Rhoads Lead Metal Hall Inductees- Megadeth To Rock Late Night TV and Mustaine Unplugging For Charity- more

Ritchie Blackmore Announces New Rainbow Tour Dates- Megadeth's Mustaine Calls For Big Four Tour in 2017- Circle II Circle and Into Eternity's Adam Sagan Dead At 36- more

Guns N' Roses Announce 2017 American and Euro Tours- Bon Jovi's Father Threatened To Kill Sebastian Bach?- Red Hot Chili Peppers Release Animated 'Sick Love' Video- more

Day in Pop:
Avenged Sevenfold Has 'A Lot Of Similarities' To Kanye West- Rock and Metal Grammy Nominations Named- Drake 'Views' Reaches Quadruple-Platinum Status- more

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody Re-Imagined As A Violent Crime Drama- Patti Smith To Play Bob Dylan Song At Nobel Prize Ceremony- Aaliyah Collaboration With Drake- more

Steven Adler Jams UYI Songs With Guns N' Roses Cover Band- Psychostick Release Christmas Themed System Of A Down Cover- Queen Classic Given Classical Makeover- more

advertisement


Reviews

• TBT: The Cult, Stabbing Westward, Monster Magnet and Bird3 Live

• Holiday Gift Guide: Pop Culture Edition

• Rahm - Between the Lines

• Fall Out Boy: The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago

• Holiday Gift Guide: Vinyl Edition

• TBT - Korn's Live & Rare

• Road Trip: Sea Life Arizona Aquarium

• Panic In Eden - In the Company of Vultures

• Holiday Gift Guide: Rock Reads Edition

• Thirsty - Albatross

• The Slang - Night and Day

• Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions

• TBT Interview: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger

• Holiday Gift Guide: Kris Kristofferson- Van Morrison- Human League Box Sets

• John Mellencamp Live In Chicago

• MorleyView: Dee Snider

• In Tribute: Leonard Cohen Live

• TBT: Anthrax - Among the Living

• Tilted Axes - Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

• Pink Floyd - The Early Years

• TBT: Don Felder Interview Flashback

• Scattered Hamlet - Swamp Rebel Machine • more

Rock News Stories
• Metallica Announce Another Rare Club Show

• Dio, Lemmy and Randy Rhoads Lead Metal Hall Inductees

• Megadeth To Rock Late Night TV and Mustaine Unplugging For Charity

• Red Hot Chili Peppers Star Turns Table On Fans At Recent Show

• Celebrating David Bowie Concert Set For Terminal 5

• Journey Announce Vegas Residency And Tour With Asia

• Superjoint Announce Headline Tour With Battlecross and Child Bite

• Amity Affliction Member Drops Off Tour Due To 'Ongoing Mental Demons'

• Apple Music Attracts 20 Million Subscribers In First 18 Months

• Skindred Tour Bus Ransacked By 'Thieving Bastards'

• Black Spiders Announce Their Final Tour

• Mogwai Announce North American Tour

• Special An Evening With Primus Concert Announced

• Mayhem Announce Live Release And American Tour

• Gone Is Gone Release 'Dublin' Video

• Bad Religion's Greg Graffin Streams 'Lincoln's Funeral Train'

• Trivium's Matt Heafy on Ember To Inferno's Curse

• Opeth Surprised By Fans Reaction To Sorceress Songs On Tour

• Creeper Plan 'Immersive And Theatrical Stage Show' On Upcoming Tour

• Shaman Elephant Stream New Album 'Crystals' Online

• more

B-Side Stories
• Avenged Sevenfold Has 'A Lot Of Similarities' To Kanye West

• Rock and Metal Grammy Nominations Named

• Drake 'Views' Reaches Quadruple-Platinum Status

• 'Westworld' Soundtrack Featuring Radiohead, Rolling Stones Streaming

• OneRepublic Release 'Let's Hurt Tonight' Video

• Adele's 'Carpool Karaoke' the Most Popular Viral Video of 2016

• LeAnn Rimes Announces New Album 'Remnants'

• Spice Girl Posts Topless Photo Online

• Ryan Adams Announces New Album 'Prisoner'

• Alan Jackson Announces Honky Tonk Highway Tour

• Clutch's Neil Fallon Has No Regrets Over Not So Great Songs

• Halestorm Explore Different Ways Of Discovering New Music

• Nicki Minaj's New App Features New Song 'Ain't Gone Do It''

• Jay-Z Tried To Obtain Rights Prince's Catalog Following His Death

• 'The Circle' Trailer Features Haunting Hall and Oates Cover

• Singled Out: Mungbean's Am Your Eyes

• more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.