Marsbar Playlist ~ 3-15-2014

March 15, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to late night help from TheBarron:

69 Eyes – Wasting The Dawn
Autumns Cannon – Bury The Guns
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
Chalk Circle – 20th Century Boy
China Crisis – African & White
Colourbox – In This Arena
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows
Cure – Just Like Heaven
Cut Copy – Nobody Lost, Nobody Found
Dalbello – Gonna Get Close To You
David Bowie – Love Is Lost
Diodes – Jenny’s In A Sleep World
DJ Champion – No Heaven
Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Rage Hard (Broad)
Freedom Or Death – Nobody Listens
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Gentlemen Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Golden Dogs – Saints At The Gates
Images In Vogue – Just Like You
Japan – Transmission
KLF – All Bound For Mu Mu Land
Living Colour – Glamour Boys
Love & Rockets – No Big Deal
Martha & The Muffins – Black Stations / White Stations
Ministry – Work For Love
Moev – Head Down
Muse – Uprising
Oingo Boingo – You Really Got Me
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Maid Of Orleans
Pete Shelley – Homosapien (Dub)
Prodigy – Their Law
Project Pitchfork – Karma Monster
Psychedelic Furs – Heartbreak Beat
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Romeo Void – Never Say Never
Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
Shriekback – All Lined Up
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Amazing Grace
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Poor Man’s Fight
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)
Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Tegan & Sara – Closer
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Type O Negative – Cinnamon Girl
Ultravox – Brilliant
Utah Saints – Something Good
Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division
Yaz – Nobody’s Diary

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Martha & The Muffins

MMa Even if I had never heard their music before, a band with the name “Martha & The Muffins” would pique my interest enough to listen. The ironic thing is, the name was only supposed to be temporary, but ended up lasting for pretty much the lifetime of the band.

Formed in 1977 in Toronto by two Ontario College of Art students David Millar and Mark Gane, the band debuted at a Halloween party. The initial line-up included Martha Johnson (keyboards) Carl Finkle (bass) and Tim Gane (drums). As the band struggled to hit their mark, they went through several personnel changes. Millar left in ’78 to become the band’s sound engineer shortly after Andy Haas (saxophone) signed on.

 Martha & The Muffins’ first LP release was called Metro Music and spawned a hit single, “Echo Beach.” From this point on, the line-up of the band was in constant flux, often relying on guest musicians to fill in. One benefit of all the changes was bringing the band into contact with Daniel Lanois who was to become a production legend in his own right. He worked out a deal with the band’s record label and became the band’s producer. It was a successful match all around.MMb

 Through all of the personnel changes (and even a later name change to M+M), Martha & The Muffins/M+M provided solid, post-punk music fringed with just the right amount of synthesizer and sax, giving listeners a wide range of instrumentation, rhythms, and lyrics to keep interest strong. Their one smash hit, “White Stations/Black Stations” from the Mystery Walk album was an anti-racism song written in reaction to a radio stations refusing to play a song about a mixed-race romance. It stormed the charts in a big way in both Canada and the US. Ironically, some stations refused to play it, but it soared nonetheless.

I have been lucky to be exposed to Martha & The Muffins/M+M through both David Marsden and Ed-FM. They are clearly a gifted band who contributed enormously to the landscape of 80’s New Wave and post-punk music.

 “Echo Beach” (dubbed over live footage) via YouTube user Barsopen 1970:

 “Danseparc” via YouTube user Whuntmore:

 “Women Around The World At Work” via YouTube user axelspeak:

“Black Stations White Stations” via YouTube user Whuntmore:


Purchase Martha & The Muffins/ M+M music.  

 80’s Discography

mm1Metro Music (1979)

MM2Trance and Dance (1980)

MM3This is the Ice Age (1981)







MM4Danseparc (1983, credited to Martha and the Muffins/M + M)

MM5Mystery Walk (1984, credited to M + M)

MM6The World is a Ball (1985, credited to M + M)








MM7Far Away In Time (1987) – compilation