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Martha & the Muffins — Echo Beach
Album: Metro Music
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Total ratings: 1099









Released: 1980
Length: 3:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I know it's out of fashion
And a trifle uncool
But I can't help it
I'm a romantic fool
It's a habit of mine
To watch the sun go down
On Echo beach, I watch the sun go down

From nine till five I have to spend my time at work
The job is very boring, I'm an office clerk
The only thing that helps pass the time away
Is knowing I'll be back at Echo Beach some day

On a silent summer evening
The sky's alive with light
Building in the distance
Surrealistic sight
On Echo Beach
Waves make the only sound
On Echo Beach
There's not a soul around

From nine till five I have to spend my time at work
The job is very boring, I'm an office clerk
The only thing that helps pass the time away
Is knowing I'll be back at Echo Beach some day

Echo Beach
Far away in time
Echo Beach
Far away in time
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Just need to follow this up with The Vapour Turning Japanese and i will be a very happy chappie taking me back to school discos filled with promise...
Thanx!!
 Bat wrote:

Blotto.  Wow, that's a blast from the past.

I was at school in Albany, NY from '75 - '82 (with a year off in the middle).

Blotto was a big local band at the time.  Saw them many times. 

As much a comedy troupe as a serious band.  Kind of like the Austin Lounge Lizards.

Sort of like the Ramones from about the same time each member had their "family" name, so as memory serves me you had Cheese Blotto, Sargent Blotto and Lee Harvey Blotto.
 

I saw Blotto once at the old Wax Museum in DC, around '84.  They were fantastic and hysterical!  
 oldman wrote:

Still think Bill is Bob Here
Sounds so much alike 
 

Ha!  Bob Here was my fav 'HFS DJ!   Bill does an equally excellent job!  

BTW: Check out this .... hopefully coming out soon.  https://feastyourearsthefilm.c...
I'ma be NICE and stuff, cuz it's CHICKS.
Yeah.

{#Crown}
Love it
That short sax hook has always been just exactly right to me, perfect.
Stranglers in Canada!
 oldman wrote:
Should always be followed with "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard" by Blotto
IMHO 

 
Blotto.  Wow, that's a blast from the past.

I was at school in Albany, NY from '75 - '82 (with a year off in the middle).

Blotto was a big local band at the time.  Saw them many times. 

As much a comedy troupe as a serious band.  Kind of like the Austin Lounge Lizards.

Sort of like the Ramones from about the same time each member had their "family" name, so as memory serves me you had Cheese Blotto, Sargent Blotto and Lee Harvey Blotto.
I really needed to check that she wasn't saying "on Ecko, bitch!".
 oldman wrote:
Should always be followed with "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard" by Blotto
IMHO 

 
Oh hell yeah. And maybe Mimi on the Beach by Jane Siberry.
This was Carole’s favourite song. Thanks for the influence you had on my life and the fun we had together Carole. If there's any justice in this universe you are lying in the sun on heavens version of Echo Beach buckled with laughter at this soppy post!
 laup wrote:
Had a Friday night jam band that was a lot of fun , didn't put much work into it , but man this was one of my favorites to do ,,, sax solo was a kazoo of course! Love this song because that  , listened intently when Martha was interviewed on CBC before she died. she said something like how this song brought so much joy to people and how happy that made her feel ,, true for me
 
She died? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Johnson_(singer) Wiki says no. . . (as of today)

But thanks for the story, and yes, what a splendid tune to do. . . with a kazoo.
 
Had a Friday night jam band that was a lot of fun , didn't put much work into it , but man this was one of my favorites to do ,,, sax solo was a kazoo of course! Love this song because that  , listened intently when Martha was interviewed on CBC before she died. she said something like how this song brought so much joy to people and how happy that made her feel ,, true for me
Before reading comments, I decided to do some detective work and locate what areas is the map on the cover showing. Toronto {#Propeller}
 ScottishWillie wrote:

It was also a big hit in the UK

 
And in Germany.
Miss you, girl.

Still one of my favorite summer songs.  My cottage is North of Toronto and on rainy days I would spend hours scouring maps of the area for a real place called Echo Beach.  I was 10 years old and it was a great activity while listening to this on cassette over and over again.  I was so thrilled when I actually found that it was on the lake next to ours and only about 10 minutes away.

{#Bananajumprope}


So great to hear M+M's here. Thanks, Bill!
Great 80's tune...kinda schmucky but what the hell?



                                 Well now that was thoroughly ridiculous {#Stupid}  


 
Should always be followed with "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard" by Blotto
IMHO 
Somehow missed this in the 80's, but I'm not disappointed. This blows. 
 Far wrote:
You probably had to be in the Canadian scene, though I remember being in a club in Brisbane Australia in 1986 and the Aussies went nuts when the DJ put this on!  Muffins, Rough Trade, Max Webster and Restless Virgins...
 
It was also a big hit in the UK
Always loved this; not exactly sure why.  Perhaps because of the flatness of the voice in a song despairing the monotony of daily life especially resonates. With the glimmer of hope. Something like that. 
Very reminiscent of Blondie! I vaguely recall this; always thought it was something by Debbie Harry and her group — same punkish era
Wow.... that takes me back!
Ha! I (almost) forgot this. Thanks Bill for help me remember {#Dancingbanana_2}
 jmsmy wrote:
How did I miss this K-LOL

 
Klein is music town?  It must have changed a lot.  Well, except for Lyle.

Klein '77.
Yup. I agree.   Can't wait until Bill plays Women at Work or another goodie, Daddy Sold The Cottage 

randb75307 wrote:

Great to hear some 'ol Torontonian music



 


These folks were a blast. Saw them live several times.
How did I miss this K-LOL

Great to hear some 'ol Torontonian music


So goooood. So far away in time...
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You can find so much of their material to stream on YouTube or navigate to the martha and the muffins website https://marthaandthemuffins.com/#records_metromusic.html
where you'll see their albums listed. Upon selecting one you can click on one of the albums underlined songs to stream all the underlined tracks from each album. I've included the link to their first album so you can launch the first song and let the songs underlined there play and all the rest of their albums underlined tracks play in chronological order. Hearing those songs again will take you back for sure...far away in time. {#Wink}  What do you do after all the M&M songs play out? I dunno, go find some MOEV to stream like I did?
Wow! Wonderful to hear this again. Thanks Bill!  The old WHFS in Bethesda Maryland used to give M&M a lot of airplay. I saw M&M in concert at the old original 9:30 Club in D.C. in 1982. Those were the days.
Oh, jeeze, this reminds me of summer family road trips when it would play on the AM radio station.
Saw them at McMaster in Hamilton in the early 70's how lucky I am!!!  A Hamilton Ontario Band!!
love it. great band name too.
You probably had to be in the Canadian scene, though I remember being in a club in Brisbane Australia in 1986 and the Aussies went nuts when the DJ put this on!  Muffins, Rough Trade, Max Webster and Restless Virgins...
How about "This is the Ice Age" or "Women Around the World at Work"?
How did you ever find this song?

 A rock group manager gave me a Martha and the Muffins album in the late 70s or early 80s and I never bothered to give it more than one spin.

Now I'll have to go look for the old but unused vinyl record and see if "Echo Beach" is on it.
Brilliant.
 Sloggydog wrote:
Look those of you that think this is no good are obviously entitled to your own opinion, I just wanted to point out that it's wrong.

 
....and you are absolutely right.  One of the better songs from the 80's and it makes me smile.
Look those of you that think this is no good are obviously entitled to your own opinion, I just wanted to point out that it's wrong.
Good stuff - thanks for playing it!
My room-mate Kenny the punk architect* had this album.  Always liked this song, and hearing it all these years later reminds me of him.

*He was an architecture major, and listened to punk and new wave while drawing buildings.
Another bit of time travel, canuck style...  I have to confess to owning an awful lot of this stuff... 
Makes the day better for hearing this classic.
This song and "You sold the cottage" sum up an era in Ontario. Add in the Tragically Hip and the Northern Pikes and its a generational wrap !
Not heard this for some time. Nice tune, takes me back a bit! 
 Jelani wrote:
This somehow reminds me of Romeo Void's "Never say Never". 

 
God, that was 'orrible. As much as some people here hate "Echo Beach", "Never Say Never" was orders of magnitude worse. 

Always have a soft spot for this song. A time-warp to a different time. 
I have not rated this song, but it sounds somewhat like a protracted echo fart, which is not that bad...
This needs to be followed by "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" by Blotto 
I have this single on vinyl. Very nostalgic. But quite understand why some people don't "get It". It's a nostalgic thing. Being thrown back to the 80s and all that. Yep. I know. That makes me old. Ish. Nice to hear it again anyway. Just out of the blue like that.
 
Yuck, bad memories of the 80's...
 Zep wrote:

Lots of old WHFS listeners in these boards.



 
Still think Bill is Bob Here
Sounds so much alike 
Is there any way you can delete this? Isn't it a bit repetitive, tive, tive, tive.....


This is the correct artwork and the name of the LP it is from is Metro Music released in 1980....
Good heavens. I hope I never hear this again.
not impressed with this.
What!?!?! currently rated at 5.9? I thought everybody likes Muffins. . . 

Maybe it is because the tune is hard wired into my brain from my youth but this is a solid 10.

This is bad!
 kivings wrote:

I just rated this song a 9.  I must be nostalgic.  A classic to my ears. 
 
Wasn't this one a John Peel favourite?
My sister was a student at OCA and used to room with one of the muffins (the other Martha...yes there were 2 of them when this song was recorded). I recall jamming with the sax player at her place once or twice. I first saw them perform at the University College Pub ("Reznikoff's") just before they went to the UK in the summer of 1980 and made it big with this song. The song is so simple and playful, which is why I guess a number of listeners don't like it... but it was a cutting edge style at the time.. yeah like Romeo Void.. New Order and their peers. Song brings back memories of windsurfing at Cherry Beach with Toronto's skyline as the backdrop! Yummy!
 PigLatin wrote:

I still miss Weasel and Nisi.  Great memories with this song.

 

I agree with you guys. Love this thread and there were other songs by this group that were just as fun.

 Yellowstone40 wrote:
This song sucked so much that it made me go to Pandora for 1/2 an hour .. El sucko rama for sure . Yeeeccckk !!
 
I just rated this song a 9.  I must be nostalgic.  A classic to my ears. 

Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q on CBC Radio 1 (https://www.cbc.ca/q/), had a very good interview with Martha and Mark Gane on the release of the new Martha and the Muffins album "Delicate".  Podcast is available (try https://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/qpodcast_20100202_26861.mp3 or search the Q website).

Jian is the host for that infamous Billy Bob Thornton interview (https://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/qpodcast_20090408_14110.mp3 or hit YouTube for the video; the radio interview is more impressive, since dead-air is much more noticeable without those annoying pictures)


A very nice memory of times past.  Went to Amazon to get the track.
This song sucked so much that it made me go to Pandora for 1/2 an hour .. El sucko rama for sure . Yeeeccckk !!
This somehow reminds me of Romeo Void's "Never say Never". 
Great memories of this band circa 1980s.  First heard them on my college radio station WBNY Buffalo State College.
 apd wrote:

They do in Toronto.
I bought this single in Britain and I think it had a picture sleeve, showing a map of Toronto harbour. There isn't a beach called "Echo Beach" here, but I think it's about Sunnyside Beach, just down the street from where I'm sitting right now.

 

Newport Beach CA was referred to as Echo Beach in the 80's by a surf company called Quicksilver. My guess is that is the reference.
 MrCaps wrote:


Do they have beaches in Canada?
 

I hope to all hell that this was said in jest. If not, Mr. Caps please bust out a map.
yuck
Remember seeing them play this at the Camden Palace, must have been around 1979?
Great fun band and a very cool Sax player
OK - Love this - totally reminds me of early 80's Canadian Pop music, because of ConCan - 1/3 or Canadian Radio has to be of Canadian content - so - for the longest time all we heard was Edmonds Fitzgerlad and Snowbird and American woman -

When this came out, we had something a little funner, actually hip (for the time) and it was my introduction to Ska in sorts - Martha and the Muffins were a nice fresh change from the 70's music that we were forced to listen to for so very long :)

Thanks RP
 Zep wrote:

Lots of old WHFS listeners in these boards.
 
I still miss Weasel and Nisi.  Great memories with this song.

During the last part of the song we all here couldn't help hearing "Echo B*tch" instead of "Echo Beach". Bit of a quality decline after Led Zeppelin's Down By the Seaside.. :-)
 horstman wrote:
This is the beach where Ian met the bunnymen!{#Roflol}
 
That groaner barely makes the definition of joke but it did make me laugh...keep it up horstman.{#Lol}
This song tied with Anne Murray's " can i have this dance"    for single of the year in 1981 in the Canadian Juno awards... its a classic guilty 80's pleasure.  No DOOT ABOOT IT!  
One of a better New Wave years. Yearly 80's.. From Canada if i remind... a f..... time long ago{#Tongue}
This is the beach where Ian met the bunnymen!{#Roflol}
 anotherlistener wrote:
WOW Another HFS early 80's time capsule.
 
Lots of old WHFS listeners in these boards.


Woot! I <3 Martha & the Muffins.

 MrCaps wrote:
Do they have beaches in Canada?
 
They do in Toronto.
I bought this single in Britain and I think it had a picture sleeve, showing a map of Toronto harbour. There isn't a beach called "Echo Beach" here, but I think it's about Sunnyside Beach, just down the street from where I'm sitting right now.

WOW Another HFS early 80's time capsule.

What a coincidence hearing this today... I just read this article in the National Post yesterday: (click here)
Ja300Mes wrote:
This song was a common play on Vin Scelsa's slot on WNEW-FM...and I don't think I've heard it since then. Thanks!
...IMHO, he was the best disc jockey ever!...
Dylan76 wrote:
After Zepplin? A solid 1.
Heck, it would be a solid 1 after Journey.
After Zepplin? A solid 1.
westslope wrote:
Is this Canadian? Nice.... I'm glad I fell for it before discovering this is Canadian. hehe Wonder where the hell I was when this came out? Deep in the bush? Lost in an isolated 3rd world country? Or was I simply living in Québec?
Deep in the bush....he he hey Beavis...
Can we have some Junior Brown/Surf Medley next? Puh-leeze?!!!
Unfortunately, as cancon, this gets too much airplay on my radio as it is. It's kind of fun but not that much fun.
Great Pick. An Oldie from my Chico State daze.
Is this Canadian? Nice.... I'm glad I fell for it before discovering this is Canadian. hehe Wonder where the hell I was when this came out? Deep in the bush? Lost in an isolated 3rd world country? Or was I simply living in Québec?
Shades of both Blondie and Blotto ... more info on Blotto: (click here)
At the beginning it reminds me Men at Work
Echo Beach -- faraway in time. I'll say. I used to dance to this one at a groovy dance club in the warehouse district of San Francisco in the early 80s. The club was called -- Echo Beach. Them was some times, I tells ya! :bananasplit:
ChardRemains wrote:
This song has not survived the years well.
I beg to differ.
I don't know why, but saxophones are always a few points off for me.
Coulda sworn it was an obscure Blondie track. Nice new aquaintance for me. =)
This song was a common play on Vin Scelsa's slot on WNEW-FM...and I don't think I've heard it since then. Thanks!
My wife could name that song in two notes..... she loves M&M Whatever. Good seg to Rockaway Beach!
Good tune, albeit kinda stiff. Guess it WAS the 80s. I'll give it a home team 7.
make it stop. :crashcomp:
Great to hear Martha & the Muffins played, though this is not one of their better songs.
Great pick. First heard this song on CSUC Radio circa 1980 or so. How does Martha look.? Like the Voice?
In the many thousands of miles of coastline and millions of lakes, yeah, we have a beach or two. Do you have sheep and what kind of boots do you wear? :cheesygrin:
ChardRemains wrote:
This song has not survived the years well. Correct me if i am wrong, but didn't they do "I know what boys like"?? Now, that would be okay with me!
You are being corrected - this is fine Canadiapop. The other group you're referring to are The Waitresses who also did the chestnut "Christmas Wrapping". Now THAT would be something to hear!
rickf wrote:
My thoughts exactly! :bananajam:
+100
bokey wrote:
Holy crap! I wasn't expecting Martha on RP.Then again,why not?
My thoughts exactly! :bananajam:
ThePoose wrote:
Another fine moment in Canadian rock and roll pop.
Do they have beaches in Canada?
I'm an office quirk -- I work in IT.
cute.
Another fine moment in Canadian rock and roll pop.
This takes me back to my early 1980s O-level Geography coursework on coastal patterns, when we changed this song's title to Chesil Beach after a section of Dorset's coast. 'Chesil Beach, far away in time'. Man, we were witty.
Man this is campy.