MP3 (Marcy Playground album)

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MP3
Studio album by Marcy Playground
Released March 23, 2004
Genre Post-grunge
Label Capitol
Producer John Wozniak
Marcy Playground chronology
Shapeshifter
(1999)
MP3
(2004)
Leaving Wonderland...in a fit of rage
(2009)
Singles from MP3
  1. "Deadly Handsome Man"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Punk Rock Superstar"
    Released: 2004
  3. "No One's Boy"
    Released: 2004
  4. "Blood in Alphabet Soup"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

MP3 is the third major release by the band Marcy Playground. It was released on March 23, 2004.

Overview[edit]

The album was much anticipated by Marcy Playground fans through a five-year wait after their 1999 album Shapeshifter. The band's long awaited return came in early 2004 with MP3, possibly meant as a double-entendre for the 3rd major release by a band whose abbreviated name could be "MP" and the uprise of MP3 players at the time the album was released.

To the dismay of many fans the album had no tour to support it and the album had no singles entering any known charts. The music in the album shows to be less grungey than their previous albums Shapeshifter and their self-titled album, the latter spawning their one hit single Sex and Candy.

The album had four singles released, "Deadly Handsome Man", "Punk Rock Superstar", "No One's Boy", and "Blood in Alphabet Soup", none of which enjoyed much immediate mainstream success. A few years after its initial release as a single, "Punk Rock Superstar" was featured on the original XBox 360's playlist, giving the song a second and more successful turn as a single. The album was considered a classic by the band's die-hard fans, but a flop to some critics including Allmusic.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by John Wozniak. 

No. Title Length
1. "Spoonfed"   4:08
2. "Blood in Alphabet Soup"   2:20
3. "No One's Boy"   2:52
4. "Hotter Than the Sun"   4:19
5. "Rock and Roll Heroes"   2:56
6. "Jesse Went to War"   3:38
7. "Flag and Finger"   3:27
8. "Deadly Handsome Man"   3:32
9. "Punk Rock Superstar"   2:54
10. "Paper Dolls"   2:36
11. "Death of a Cheerleader"   4:45
12. "Brand New Day"   3:36
13. "Sleepy Eyes"   3:52
14. "Barfly"   5:18

Personnel[edit]

Marcy Playground

  • John Wozniak – guitar and lead vocals
  • Dylan Keefe – bass and harmony vocals
  • Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera – drums, percussion and harmony vocals

Additional personnel

  • Simon Kendall – piano
  • Phil Western – programming and keys, "Spoonfed" and "Hotter Than the Sun"
  • Jordy Birch – additional vocals, guitar and percussion, "Deadly Handsome Man"
  • Todd Simko – instrumentation, "Deadly Handsome Man"
  • Noel White – additional drums, "Deadly Handsome Man"
  • Finn Manniche – cello
  • Henry Lee – viola

Production[edit]

  • Phil Western – additional engineering
  • Todd Simko – additional engineering
  • Shawn Penner – assistant engineer
  • Aaron Nordean – additional Pro Tools editing
  • Bob Stone – mastering
  • Warren Croyle – executive producer
  • Daniel Liss – photography
  • Meth O.D. – design and layout

Produced, engineered and mixed by John Wozniak at Mushroom Studios (Vancouver, Canada) between May and June 2003

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