New Mood on Monday

Following on from yesterday morning’s Sunday Morning Coming Down post, here’s the other barn-storming single by Lone Justice that I mentioned.

Now with Steven Van Zandt, of The E Street Band and The Sopranos fame roped in on co-writing and production duties, this was the second single from their 1986 album Shelter.

It absolutely stiffed in the UK, reaching #45 in the singles charts while the album only managed to haul its’ sorry ass up to #84.

But don’t let that put you off; I Found Love is a little bit country, a little bit AOR, and a little bit gospel, the sort of tune that wouldn’t be out of place on a mid-80s coming-of-age Hollywood movie, so much so that I’m staggered it isn’t on the soundtrack to either Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Fast-Times at Ridgemont High (and, before you bother, yes, I know that Fast-Times… came out in 1982, which would make it rather difficult for this song to be in it). It even has a twangy guitar bit just like in Footloose.

Anyway, give this a blast and play it loud: it’ll put a right swagger in your step of a Monday morning, guaranteed:

More soon.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Back before she found gainful employment providing power ballads for Tom Cruise films, Maria McKee used to be in a rocking little country rock band called Lone Justice.

They only released two albums, both patchy at best, but equally both containing one absolute belter.

On their 1985 eponymously-titled debut, it was this, co-written by Mr Tom Petty:

More soon.