Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the program Martha Johnson and Mark Gane, founding members of Martha and the Muffins.
Martha and the Muffins emerged from the early punk/new wave/art pop scene in 1977 which was centered around various clubs along Toronto’s Queen Street West and the Ontario College of Art.
After “Echo Beach” became a top ten single around the world in 1980 and earned them a Juno for Single of the Year, Martha and the Muffins toured extensively in Britain, Europe and North America. Since then, the band has released seven studio albums, three of which they co-produced with Daniel Lanois. The songs they worked on together included the ground breaking singles “Women Around The World At Work”, “Danseparc”, “Black Stations/White Stations”, “Come Out And Dance” and “Cooling The Medium”.
Martha Johnson and Mark Gane spent much of the ’90’s scoring music for various television and film projects. Over the past few years, Universal Music Canada has reissued several Martha and the Muffins albums on CD, including Metro Music, Trance And Dance, This Is The Ice Age and the CD compilation Icon.
“Marthology: In And Outtakes”, the album, spans 35 years of recordings, including the 30th anniversary version of ‘Echo Beach’, previously limited releases of ’Summer Of Song’, ‘Big Day’ and ‘Do you Ever Wonder?’ as well as never heard before songs and alternative versions of album cuts.
Buy the CD here: https://marthaandthemuffins.bandcamp.com/