Name = Echo Beach
Cover size =
Martha and the Muffins
B-side = "Teddy the Dink"
Released = 1980
Format = 7" Vinyl
Recorded = 1980
Genre = New Wave
Length = 3:38
Writer = Mark Gane
Audio sample? =
Last single = "Insect Love" (1979)
This single = "Echo Beach" (1980)
Next single = "Saigon" (1980)
"Echo Beach" is a
songrecorded by the Canadian group Martha and the Muffinsin 1980. It was released as a single from their album " Metro Music" in 1980 and won the Juno Award for Single of the Year; it is the band's only significant international hit, although they had several other hits in Canada. It reached number 10 in the UKsingles chart. [UKChartHits|3268]
In 2005, "Echo Beach" was named the 35th greatest Canadian song of all time on the
CBC Radio Oneseries "".
Although Mark Gane was not aware of a real "Echo Beach" when he wrote the song in 1978, several people wrote to him asking if it was about a beach in their local area. However, Echo Beach, as mentioned in the song, does not refer to a real beach but is rather a symbolic notion of somewhere the narrator would rather be, somewhere 'far away in time'. In reality, the song was thought of while Gane was working checking wallpaper for printing faults. He found this rather dull and his mind drifted to times he would rather be reliving. One such time was an evening spent at Sunnyside Beach on the shoreline of
Lake Ontarioin Toronto in summer.
The map shown on the cover of one version of the single is of the
Toronto Islands, while on another - pictured on this page - it is of Chesil Beachin Dorset, England.
The song was covered by British pop star Toyah in 1987, reaching number #54 in the UK charts as well as being released in
Germany. [UKChartHits|3408] Toyah's version of the song was also reportedly successful in Portugal. The singer regularly includes the song in her live concert sets.
A cover by
Gabriella Cilmiis used as the theme tune for the British soap opera"Echo Beach", first broadcast on ITV1on 10 January 2008. It can be found as a bonus trackon the UK edition of her debut album "Lessons To Be Learned".
* [http://www.marthaandthemuffins.com/ss/s_eb.htm Official Website]
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