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by Martha and the Muffins

The band\'s second album co-produced with Daniel Lanois in which Stockhausen collides with punk funk in an aural collage of rhythm and found sound-includes three bonus tracks.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Obedience
3:30 $0.99
2. World Without Borders
3:08 $0.99
3. Walking Into Walls
2:57 $0.99
4. Danseparc (Every Day It's Tomorrow)
3:22 $0.99
5. Sins Of Children
5:37 $0.99
6. Several Styles Of Blonde Girls Dancing
5:53 $0.99
7. Boys In The Bushes
4:43 $0.99
8. What People Do For Fun
4:02 $0.99
9. Whatever Happened To Radio Valve Road?
3:00 $0.99
10. Danseparc Original Extended Dance Version
5:03 $0.99
11. These Dangerous Machines
5:12 $0.99
12. Sins Of Children Live At The Forum/Ontario Place
7:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Martha and the Muffins emerged from the early punk/new wave/art pop scene 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 Music, This 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 17 years, scheduled for release in mid 2009. Please visit www.marthaandthemuffins.com or email MatM at: muffinmusic@sympatico.ca for more information.


After 25 years since its original release in 1983, the wait for the reissue of Danseparc is over! Stockhausen collides with punk funk in an aural collage of rhythm and found sound as one of the most sought after MatM recordings is reissued on the 25th anniversary of its 1983 debut on vinyl. The second of three albums co-produced with Daniel Lanois with a guest appearance from John Oswald of Plunderphonics fame on alto sax, Danseparc received rave reviews from music critics when it first came out. Includes Obedience, World Without Borders, Walking Into Walls, Danseparc, Sins Of Children, Several Styles Of Blonde Girls Dancing, Boys In The Bushes, What People Do For Fun and Whatever Happened To Radio Valve Road?

3 additional bonus tracks are included - the original extended dance version of Danseparc, These Dangerous Machines and a live version of Sins Of Children from MatM’s performance at Ontario Place in 1983 featuring avant-guitarist Michael Brook. The 16 page booklet includes lyrics, never seen before photos and video stills.

What the critics say about Danseparc...

"Danseparc…is an impressive attempt to put full-fledged philosophical concepts into a popular music form, and a giant step forward for the band that has continually proved itself one of the most forward thinking in Canadian pop music."

- Liam Lacey, GLOBE AND MAIL, February 26, 1983


“…three dimensional, rich, full of wonder."

- Graham Hicks, THE RECORD, Feb. 28, 1983


"…the wit of Martha Johnson's lyrics in Obedience and What People Do For Fun and the complex, but irrepressibly rhythmic music make this another step forward for a band unwilling to settle for mediocrity."

- Paul Benedetti, THE SPECTATOR, March 4, 1983


"…Danseparc…is simply one of the most satisfying albums of the year…From the evocative, Vaseline-lens treatment of the title cut to Walking Into Walls' classic '80s dialogue to Johnson's wry commentary on What People Do For Fun, the group addresses rarely-mined contemporary topics with disarming precision and unassailable musicality."

- Alan Kellogg, EDMONTON JOURNAL, April 7, 1983


“This newfound self-assuredness has given a sensual edge to the band’s post-punk wittiness."

- John House, VANITY FAIR, May 1983


“Every once in a while an album is released that is void of pretense, sparked with an effervescent originality, injected with real power, true emotion and sarcastic intelligence, bursting at its seams with thumping atomic energy…Danseparc…is such an album."

- Gorman Belhard, WATERBURY AMERICAN, June 9, 1983


“But this is still Martha Johnson’s show, even when the songs are not, and it’s her personality reflected off the others that gives Danseparc the sort of sexual spark the Au Pairs could only theorize."

- J.D. Considine, MUSICIAN MAGAZINE, July 1983


“The key to Martha and the Muffins still lies in Martha Johnson’s and Mark Gane’s ability to pen probing lyrics which sound like Carl Jung applying his thoughtful eyes to the secret emotional life of city dwellers in the western world."

- James Muretich, CALGARY HERALD, July 25, 1983


“Danseparc…manages to handily balance a playful sense of adventure with unforced pop naivete and retain the band’s unique vitality…like XTC, these nimble Canadians demonstrate that an irreverent intelligence needn’t disqualify one from playing in the major leagues."

- Lou Stathis, MUSIC AND SOUND OUTPUT, Aug. 1983


“Plenty of great noise abounding here, especially on the aptly titled ‘Obedience’ and the bongo-driven ‘Boys In The Bushes’…’I am using you, am I amusing you?’, coos the cucumberly Ms. Martha while keyboards swirl, guitars scratch and guest saxophones wail all around..."

- CREEM MAGAZINE, Sept. 1983


"'Danseparc' is among their finest achievements..."

- EIL.COM, July 2008

“It's a vivacious dance-funk groove full of abstract asides and layered treatments that never overwhelm the porcelain fragility of the songs...a sound created by boundaries being pushed and avenues being explored: a kaleidoscopic art house collage...four stars."

- Ian Abrahams, RECORD COLLECTOR, Sept. 2008



to write a review

Marsie C. McLendon

Martha and the Muffins really put the 'Danse' in 'Danseparc'
I remember when I had 'Danseparc' on vinyl--I used to literally spen whole afternoons and evenings dancing to it (as well as Maartha and the Muffins' other albums on vinyl--and I had them all, except for 'Madern Lullaby', which I'll say more about in my review of that album)--I enjoyed it so much because their songs are not only catchy, but intelligent as well, so you can enjoy them even if your'e NOT dancing to them...

I was hesitant about buying this version of the CD at first, because I'd already spent about $50 for an out-of print CD version (sans the bonus tracks) that also included the album 'Mystery Walk', but I'm actually glad I DID get this version, because not only are ther the 3 bonus tracks (the 'extended' mixes of "Danseparc" and "These Dangerous Machines" and a live version of "Sins of Children" which is actually better than the album version [I wish I could say the same about the extended version of "Danseparc", but that particular track just seems 'too long' to me; maybe I'm just too used to the album version, which to me is just the right length), but the lyrics to the songs are included (which was a glaring omission in the CD reissue of the now out-of-print [again] 'This is the Ice Age' [which is still my absolute favorite Martha and the Muffins album, by the way], thogh early vinyl pressings of that particular album did include a lyric sheet)...

If I had to pick just ONE favorite song from this album, it'd be "Several Styles of Blonde Girls Dacing"--I could dance to that song all day!

Aaron Badgley

Intelligent Dance Music
This album has aged extremely well. In fact, it fits more in 2008 than it did in 1983. The lyrics covering mature topics, set to hot dance music. Brilliant production and amazing vocals. The layering of sounds. It is as close to perfect as you can get. A wonderful achievement. And an album that should be in ever collection!

Chris Kelman

An absolutely wonderfull album, great to hear it again after so many years. Mark and Martha always deserved much greater credit then they ever got. Looking forward to the new album later this year