Ongoing History Daily: The story of “Sex and Candy”

Any song with a title like “Sex and Candy” must have a story behind it, right?  Good call. 

Singer John Wozniak wrote “Sex and Candy” when he was about 18.  An old girlfriend had smuggled him into her dorm room for a night of love—and as soon as they finished, her roommate walked in.  The first thing she said was “Hmmm…smells like sex and candy in here.” 

Later, when he was trying to write a love song, that phrase came back to him.  He tried the words in his song—and it worked.  The first version of the song appeared on an album entitled Zog Bogbean From the Marcy Playground. 

Zog Bogbean was a character that John invented for some short stories when he was still a kid.  Only a thousand copies of that album exist—but one of them made the rounds of the record companies and resulted in a major record deal. 

Wednesday’s post dealt with the amazing Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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