Sex and Candy

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"Sex and Candy"
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Single by Marcy Playground
from the album Marcy Playground
B-side "The Angel of Forever Sleep"
"Memphis"
Released November 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
Format CD, CS, 7"
Genre
Length 2:52
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) John Wozniak
Producer(s)
  • John Wozniak
  • Jim Sabella
  • Jared Kotler
  • Kenny Gioia
Marcy Playground singles chronology
"Poppies"
(1997)
"Sex and Candy"
(1997)
"Saint Joe on the School Bus"
(1998)

"Poppies"
(1997)
"Sex and Candy"
(1997)
"Saint Joe on the School Bus"
(1998)

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

The song was written by John Wozniak, executive produced by Jeff J. White, produced by John Wozniak, Jared Kotler, Jim Sabella, & Kenny Gioia, and engineered by Jim Sabella and Kenny Gioia. 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's 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]

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]

Cover versions[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Marcy Playground Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Marcy Playground – Sex and Candy". VG-lista.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Marcy Playground – Sex and Candy". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ "Marcy Playground Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  16. ^ "Marcy Playground Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  17. ^ "Marcy Playground Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  18. ^ "Marcy Playground Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  19. ^ "Marcy Playground Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  20. ^ "RPM's Top 50 Alternative Tracks of '98". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  21. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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