Sex and Candy: What is the song on Little Fires Everywhere?

Kerry Washington in Little Fires Everywhere
Kerry Washington in Little Fires Everywhere. Pic credit: Hulu

In a time where people have to isolate to protect one another, movies being delayed, and coronavirus hindering the industry — such as halting CW shows —  Hulu has come to the rescue with a new series that is tense as well as intriguing.

That show is Little Fires Everywhere, which stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

The series is an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel of the same name that highlights the underlying friction of racial and class division in a microscopic manner.

And the first episode demonstrates how the smallest of moments become massive in said topics.

The first episode ended on a subtle cliffhanger that raises many questions, and while doing so, the familiar “Sex and Candy” plays in the background.

But who sings it? Here is what to know about the song in Little Fires Everywhere.

What is the song at the end of episode 1 of Little Fires Everywhere?

The year was 1997, and TRL was still a household event among teenagers on MTV. Kids were still jamming out to Spice Girls, and Titanic was just about to break records for months.

All the while, a small alternative band called Marcy Playground gently serenaded the rock charts unexpectedly with their soothing ballad “Sex and Candy.”

The band themselves never had a huge breakout hit on the same scale, but the single spent a massive 15 weeks ruling No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

That said, the Marcy Playground “Sex and Candy” song was not the same version as the one from Little Fires Everywhere.

In fact, it was a cover of the famous single. But who did the cover for the Hulu series?

Sex and Candy: What is the song on Little Fires Everywhere?

The cover of the song heard at the end of the episode is done by a group called Unions.

According to the band’s bio, the group is comprised of two people — Marie Hines and Justin Halpin — and their music has been featured on several shows, including UnREAL, Riverdale, and Shadowhunters.

The group released their first self-titled EP in 2016 and has been making a splash in the film and television world since.

Their cover of “Sex and Candy” can be heard below — which was also used in the series UnREAL.

The song gives a cathartic and intimate tone to the tense opening of the show and sets the stage for the mysteries to come.

And just like the grunge-esque anthem the song is based on, Little Fires Everywhere should be a hit for fans in the weeks to come.

Little Fires Everywhere will have new episodes Wednesdays on Hulu.

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