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 Marcy Playground. 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]

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.

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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  12. ^ "Marcy Playground Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Marcy Playground. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  13. ^ "Marcy Playground Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Marcy Playground. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  15. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 68, No. 12, December 14, 1998". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 

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