Martha_And_The_Muffins_-_Danseparc_album_coverHere’s a clip of Canadian new wavists Martha & The Muffins with their radio hit as taken from the 1983 album of the same name, produced by Daniel Lanois. Although known by the rest of the world as something of a one-hit wonder, Martha & The Muffins (later simply M+M), had a number of hits in Canada that exemplified a world-class command of post-punk and Talking Heads-like white funk.  “Black Stations, White Stations”, “Cooling the Medium”, and “Women Around the World At Work” are all exemplary songs, deeply entrenched in the post-punk tradition.

I wonder if their first hit in ‘Echo Beach’ sank them in some ways, breaking as it did internationally and forever characterizing them by that one tune in every place but their own country.  It’s a common pitfall; just ask Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

The album Danseparc has recently been re-issued.

For more information, check out the official Martha & The Muffins website.


2 thoughts on “80s Can-Con: Martha & The Muffins “Danseparc”

  1. Interesting news item. The Muffins were not a one hit wonder, Clipper. After Echo Beach the band went on to make another four or five albums! And Danseparc, the recent reissue, still sounds spectacular. Check out the Danseparc video on YouTube. It’s essential.

  2. Thanks C. Jones,

    That’s kind of my point – they put out a number of great singles that did pretty well in Canada. But, abroad they were still known for that one song. In my opinion, they were one of the best post-punk bands this country ever produced.

    Thanks again!

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