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This Surely is a Dream: Marcy Playground Prep Rarities for New Compilation

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While many music fans’ knowledge of alt-rock band Marcy Playground begins and ends with their 1998 Top 10 hit “Sex and Candy,” those who do follow the band will be excited to know the group’s putting out a collection of rarities and outtakes this month.

Lunch, Recess & Detention – named for singer/songwriter John Wozniak’s “three things I was never late for” – is a 19-track compilation combining outtakes (including alternate takes of songs that appeared on the band’s Shapeshifter (1999) and MP3 (2004) albums), four previously released B-sides and seven new recordings, including a new version of “Sex and Candy” and covers of Neil Young (“The Needle and the Damage Done”), Leonard Cohen (“Hallelujah”) and Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).

Lunch, Recess & Detention will be out digitally next Tuesday and on CD July 17. Both will feature track-by-track annotations from the band. The band will tour this summer with several of their contemporaries, including Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit and Gin Blossoms. Hit the jump to check out the track list and place your orders.

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Written by Mike Duquette

June 19, 2012 at 18:03