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.