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artist Martha and the Muffins

Toronto, ON, CANADA
Muffin Music
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Alt Pop, New Wave
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biographical info

     Martha and the Muffins emerged from the early punk/new wave/art poscene in 1977 which was centered around various clubs along Toronto's Queen Street West and the Ontario College of Art, where several members of the band were students. The band was signed by Virgin Records UK and recorded their first album, Metro Music at The Manor near Oxford, England in 1979. After Echo Beach became a top ten single around the world in 1980 MatM toured extensively in Britain, Europe and North America. Since then, the band has released seven studio albums internationally, three of which were co-produced with Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel).

     In 1983, lead vocalist Martha Johnson and guitarist Mark Gane pared the band down to a duo and briefly changed the name to M+M. Combining sonic textures and art funk in their dance single Black Stations/White Stations, the song reached #2 in Billboard's Dance Chart in 1984.

     Martha and Mark spent much of the '90's scoring music for various television and film projects. The birth of their daughter in 1992, inspired Martha to write and record an album of original children's music, Songs From The Tree House which won the 1996 Juno Award for Best Children's Album.

     Over the last few years, EMI Canada has reissued several MatM albums on CD, including Metro MusicThis Is The Ice Age and the CD compilation Then Again - A Retrospective. In keeping with Martha and Mark’s plan to make the remaining original albums available on CD, the 25th Anniversary CD reissue of Danseparc was released on Cherry Red Records in August 2008 in the UK and is available through CD Baby.

     MatM have completed their long-awaited album, Delicate, the first new release in 18 years, out now! Please visit www.marthaandthemuffins.com or email MatM at:muffinmusic@sympatico.ca for more information.

 

lineup

Martha Johnson
Mark Gane

influences

In no particular order:
Beatles
Roxy Music
JMW Turner
Jimi Hendrix
Sun Ra
Steve Reich
John Tilden
Vassily Kandinsky
Claude Debussy
Frederick Law Olmstead
King Crimson
Dennis Lee
Mark Rothko
Billie Holiday
Tecumseh
Judy Garland
George Crumb
Bobby McFerrin
Gershon Iskowitz
William Shakespeare
Brian Eno
Louis DeNiverville
John Oswald
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Talking Heads
Motown
Virginia Woolf
Kronos Quartet
Gus Weisman
Bob Marley
Rem Koolhaas
Jackie DeShannon
Erik Satie
David Milne
Chet Baker
Mike McKenna
Michael Ondaatje
Krzysztof Penderecki
Captain Beefheart
JG Ballard
Brian Wilson
and the list goes on...
Santa's Gift Of Love
Muffin Music
November, 2010
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Echo Beach 30th Anniversary Version EP
Independent
July, 2010
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Delicate
Muffin Music
February, 2010
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This Is The Ice Age (CD reissue)
EMI Music Canada
May, 2005
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Metro Music (CD reissue)
EMI Music Canada
March, 2002
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Then Again - A Retrospective
Independent
January, 1998
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Toronto, ON
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