East of Eden

Album: Lone Justice (1985)
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Songfacts®:

  • This straight-ahead rocker opens American Roots-Rock band Lone Justice's eponymous debut album. The song was penned by the band's bassist Marvin Etzioni, who told us that he penned the tune "years before" the band was formed.
  • Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles wanted the tune for her band, but Etzioni told her that he wanted to keep it for Lone Justice. He recalled to us: "Before Lone Justice I was playing solo acoustic, and that was not the most popular thing to be doing in 1982 in LA. I was playing a solo acoustic gig opening up for the Bangles before they were signed. I thought they were fantastic. All of a sudden, they come out for a sound check and they're playing 'No Matter What' by Badfinger, with no makeup, and just loud guitars and great harmonies. It was like, this is fantastic. So we all hit it off at that time. And that was before they had Vicki playing bass. I must have played 'East of Eden' at night as a solo acoustic. So I kept in touch with Susanna."

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