“East of Eden” – Lone Justice

The stunning lead-off track of Lone Justice’s underrated and nearly forgotten 1985 self-titled debut.  I would argue that lead singer Maria McKee got better as she got older, but damn if this early material from McKee doesn’t make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

“A Good Heart” – Maria McKee

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Maria McKee was lead singer of an 80s band called Lone Justice that everyone expected to break big and never quite did, despite a couple of minor hits. She had a few hits in Europe, but her greatest success was writing “A Good Heart” for former Undertones lead singer Feargal Sharkey. Sharkey’s version was a #1 smash in England in 1985. McKee would cover the song occasionally in concert, but didn’t record her own version until 2007. It was a very smart move. McKee has always had a great voice, but it’s gotten way better as she’s gotten older. As a result, this song has way more resonance. (If you buy me a beer, I’ll recite the above in a Casey Kasem voice with lots of dramatic pauses).