Martha & the Muffins – Danceparc

ARTIST: Martha & the Muffins              220px-Martha_And_The_Muffins_-_Danseparc_album_cover

TITLE:  Danseparc


CHART ACTION: #184 US, #36 Canada

SINGLES: Danseparc (Every Day It’s Tomorrow) (#31 Canada)


LINEUP: Martha Johnson, Mark Gane, Jocelyn Lanois, Nick Kent

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After more lineup changes, and a switch to RCA, the Canadian new wave band moves into more of a dance idiom and tries to change names to M+M.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After losing losing one Martha and their bass player on the way, the tour for their third album shook up the band when the drummer left and sax player Andy Haas split publically with Martha Johnson and Mark Gane.

Unbowed, those two, new drummer Nick Kent, and bassist Jocelyn Lanois (sister of producer Daniel Lanois) continued, got a record deal for RCA and tried (oh, they tried) to rebrand themselves as M+M. The result was much the same – a decent album with intriguing, literate songs and a limited fan base.

The music on this album is more dance oriented, and somewhat more mainstream radio friendly. It’s not quite as strong as their debut, especially on the songs Gane sings. Still, they probably deserved a better fate than being a Canadian footnote.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: As noted, two albums between their debut and this were released. They’re not streaming, but I’m not putting out an APB for them. The one song that’s missing that should be there is “Women Around the World at Work”.

They also released material after this as well. Lanois and Kent left after this album as well.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a remix, a b-side and a live cuts

GRADE: B: Decent dance-new have. It does scream 1983, but is fairly literate and sophisticated as these things go.

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