Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Grade 9, Track 14

“Echo Beach,” Martha & The Muffins

Driving back from a soiree at Grand Beach the summer of 1980, sand in my sneakers and hair, Winnipeg's two pop radio stations were playing this song every ten minutes or so. Seriously — it'd fade out, there'd be one or two different songs, a commercial break, then . . . “I know it's out of fashion, and a trifle uncool . . . .”

Contrary to the opinion being sung, these Toronto hipsters unleashed a lethal one-two punch of cool and CanCon. The guy driving the car and stabbing at the radio buttons was not amused. I thought it was a bit much, too, but I didn't mind.

I can't help it — I'm a romantic fool.


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