Top Of The Pops Thursday: Martha And The Muffins – Echo Beach

Not too much to say about this one, except that it’s always been a favourite of mine.

It’s Echo Beach from Canadian synth-pop outfit Martha and the Muffins.

The song, the band’s only major hit (reaching number 10 in the UK charts), was released in 1980. If you’re interested in the story behind the song and what it means, click here for the explanation from writer/band founder Mark Gane on the band’s official website.

I have two live versions of the song to share with you today. The first is a very rare recording of an early version of the song from October 27, 1978, before the band had even signed to a record label. The audio’s a little quiet but it’s amazing that the footage has survived at all.

It was filmed (on a very early, black and white video camera) at the annual Halloween Dance at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. The band’s founders met as students at the college and their first-ever public performance was at the Halloween Dance there the previous year.

And here’s a better quality, colour recording of a 1980 performance, filmed at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal for an ITV show called Rock Stage:


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