Martha and the Muffins









Martha and the Muffins

were a Canadian pop band which performed in th 1970's. They only had one international hit as Martha and the Muffins but some of the members went on to become the M+M and released several more hits then. The group formed in Toronto and consisted of David Millar (guitar), Mark Gene (guitar), Martha Johnson( keyboard), Carl Finkle (bass). And Tim Gane (drums). The group had the name Martha and the Muffins for 7 years. It was meant to only be a temporary name until they could think of something better. In 1978, Andy Haas joined the group. He played the saxophone. Shortly after that David Millar left the group because he preferred working as the bandís sound engineer. For live shows. He was replaced by Martha Ladly. She became the groupís second keyboard player and vocalist. Martha Johnson remained as the lead singer. The group released their first single, Insect Love, in 1978. This and a demo tape got them a recording deal with Dindisc Records. The group went to England in 1979 to record their first VirginRecords album which was called Metro Mucic in 1980. From this album came the hit single, Echo Beach, which was a major international hit. Also in 1980, the group released their second album, Trance and Dance. This album was less successful and they did not get any single hits from it.

In 1981, This is the Ice Age, was recorded in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. and produced by Daniel Lanois and the band. Also in 1981 Finkle left the band and was replaced by Jocelyne Lanois, the sister of Daniel. The song from the album called, Women Around the World At Work, made it to number 24 in Canada but it got no attention internationally so the Virgin records dropped them. In 2003, Martha and the Muffins (only Johnson and Gane) performed at the CFNY reunion as Martha and the Muffins. In 2005, they performed a number of reunion shows in Toronto, Canada. Later that same year, Jocelyn Lanois joined them in a concert.

After Martha and the Muffins split up, each member went their own way. Johnson and Gane were in several Canadian films and TV Series, Jocelyn Lanois, went back to Canada and joined the group, Crash Vegas. Tim Gane became a driver for the Canadian Automobile Association and Carl Finkle became an architect. Andy Hass became a security guard for an art museum, and Martha Johnson recorded a childrenís album and won a Juno Award for Best Childrenís Album. Martha Ladly moved to England where she sang backup for The Associates.