While Marc Gane was a student at the Ontario College of Art, he had a job one summer at a paint and wallpaper factory. It was so boring that he daydreamed a lot. While Echo Beach did not exist as a real location, it was a symbol of a place everyone wants to escape to when they're not where they want to be.
The inspiration was Sunnyside Beach on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto. Says Gane, "The lake and beach could have been in the middle of nowhere while the city behind became a 'surrealistic sight'."
Suggestion credit: Darryl - Cambridge, Canada, for above 2
This won the 1981 Juno Award for Single of the Year, tying with Anne Murray's "Could I Have This Dance." It reached #5 in Canada and was the Canadian new wave band's only significant international hit, though they had several other hits in their homeland.
Suggestion credit: Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England
George from Vancouver, CanadaIt's quite possible there's a beach on Echo Lake in California & the song is inspired by it -- most lakes called Echo Lake are situated deep in the mountains, thus the name. How peaceful would that be, once people got over hollering to make echoes, of course!
George from Vancouver, CanadaKent: Only #1 in Portugal? Gee, how terrible a showing in a non-English country!
Brian from IrelandOne of the best songs ever written.
John from Windsor, OnGot hooked on this song the first time I heard it. Great song!
Andy from Norwich, United Kingdomin my opinion one of the most underated 80's song of all time
Kent from Toronto, CanadaThis really great tune, although a worldwide hit, seems only to have hit #1 in Portugal. (In their native Canada, the group reached #3 with this offering.)