Martha & The Muffins

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

The roots of this Canadian new wave band lie in the mid-70s, when Martha Johnson was the organist with Oh Those Pants, a 10-piece 60s covers/send-up band that also included future members of the Cads. This was followed by a spell in another Toronto band, the Doncasters, who specialized in revamping 60s garage band material. In 1977, Johnson joined up with Mark Gane (guitar), Carl Finkle (bass), Andy Haas (saxophone) and Tim Gane (drums) to form Martha And The Muffins. They were joined by Martha Ladly, who initially played guitar but later moved to keyboards and trombone. The band sent a tape to New York journalist Glenn O’Brien, who referred them to the fledgling DinDisc Records label. This led to the release of their debut single, 1978’s ‘Insect Love’. Success followed in March 1980 with ‘Echo Beach’, which was a number 10 hit in the UK charts. Its escapist verses (‘From 9 to 5 I have to spend my time at work/My job is very...

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