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Martha & The Muffins

Martha and The Muffins were a playful Canadian new wave band who had their roots in a mid-70s outfit called Oh Those Pants – a 10-piece group who performed Sixties cover versions.

Echo Beach (1980) was the Muffins’ second single and their most successful. It was charming and catchy with reverby keyboards, a jazzy saxophone and an unornamented vocal from Martha.

The single shot up the British charts.

The band recorded follow-up singles and a few albums at England’s Manor Studio, but three years after Echo Beach, Martha & The Muffins comprised only singer Martha Johnson and guitarist Mark Gane. As the band’s core songwriting duo, they’d officially rechristened themselves M+M, but played it safe by putting both names on the cover of their album Danseparc.

Martha Johnson
Vocals, keyboards
Mark Gane
Jean Wilson
Keyboards, vocals
Carl Finkle
Andy Haas
Tim Gane
Martha Ladly
Keyboards, vocals