Posts from 17th January 2009

Jan 09

The Top 100 Tracks Of All Time: 35. Matha & The Muffins – Echo Beach

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Some songs stand outside of time. Often they are one hit wonders, divorced from a bands career and existing with no backstory outside the song itself. So to me Echo Beach has always existed, as one of a clutch of holiday records which sound as great now as when they were released.

Except, except, Echo Beach is also so much of its time. It supplanted Y Viva Espana and perhaps Barbados as the ultimate package holiday record. And to me that is what Echo Beach is all about. I don’t believe that the beach in question is the ultimate secluded destination, it is just that magical beach of that magical holiday. I went on my first foreign holiday, first package holiday – to Malta – in 1980 (far away in time indeed).