Sex and Candy

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"Sex and Candy"
Single by Marcy Playground
from the album Marcy Playground
Released November 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:52
Label EMI
Writer(s) John Wozniak
Producer(s) Jared Kotler, Jim Sabella & Kenny Gioia
Marcy Playground singles chronology
"Sex and Candy"
"Saint Joe on the School Bus"

"Sex and Candy" is a song released by American alternative rock group Marcy Playground. It was released in November 1997 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album. It was the band's breakthrough single.

The song was written by John Wozniak, produced by Jim Sabella & Kenny Gioia, and engineered by Kenny Gioia & Bill Seasack. Both the drums and bass were performed by Jared Kotler. Guitar and vocals were performed by Wozniak.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sex and Candy" - 2:54
  2. "The Angel of the Forever Sleep" - 4:53
  3. "Memphis" - 2:37
  • Tracks 2 and 3 were previously unreleased.

Chart performance[edit]

"Sex and Candy" spent a then-record 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart (beating Oasis' 10-week run at #1 with "Wonderwall" in 1995). The song was also the band's only major hit, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Critical reception[edit]

The song was generally well-received, with AllMusic commenting that "songs like 'Sex and Candy' capture the band at their best, turning out hard-edged, melodic pop songs with strong hooks and backbeats."[1] Rolling Stone gave the song a less enthusiastic review, calling it "an unappetizing artificial-sweetener marriage of down-tempo Nirvana chords and greasy Dave Matthews frat-minstrel sensitivity concerning a sad sack strung out on hippie lingo ('Dig it,' 'Yeah, mama') and caffeine".[2]

Covers and parodies[edit]

It was parodied on the popular television sketch show Saturday Night Live by Jimmy Fallon on Weekend Update featuring lyrics changed to go with a Halloween theme. The chorus of the song is also featured in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Polka Power!" polka medley. A cover of it was also featured on the Strictly Strange Tour 08 compilation by rapper Prozak. It was covered by John Craigie on his album Leave the Fire Behind. Maroon 5 covered the song on the deluxe edition of their fifth studio album V.

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
"Everything to Everyone" by Everclear
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
December 27, 1997 – April 4, 1998
Succeeded by
"The Way" by Fastball
Preceded by
Given to Fly by Pearl Jam
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
February 23 - April 6, 1998 (first run)
April 20, 1998 (second run)
Succeeded by
"I Will Buy You a New Life" by Everclear
The Way by Fastball


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