“I’ve Forgotten What It Was In You (That Put the Need In Me)” is the opening Track from Maria McKee’s Self-Titled 1989 Album. As a Single, it reached #29 on the Modern Rock Tracks in the U.S. The Song was written by Maria McKee, and produced by Bruce Brody and Mitchell Froom, and was released on Geffen Records.
It was Lone Justice that introduced me to Maria McKee’s Music. I’d found Lone Justice’s Self-Titled Debut at this small Record Shop by the beach, in the early Spring of 1985. I’d never heard of them before, but this pretty boy with eyes that looked like the ocean who was working behind the counter that afternoon put it on. I was wandering the aisles with my then best friend, and although it sounded more “Country” than my taste veered in at that age and time, Maria’s voice grabbed my attention.
That blue-eyed boy called them “Punk Country” and said that the Album didn’t do them “justice” (pun-intended he’d laughed, batting those eyes at my friend and me flirtatiously) and that we had to see them play live. He treated us like we were older than our sixteen years, and we played along happily.
“I’d Forgotten What It Was In You (That Put the Need In Me)” by Maria McKee
from the Album, Self-Titled (1989)
“Well, look into my eyes,
and tell me what you see, darling.”
I remained a fan of Lone Justice, and then when a Song from Maria was included in 1992’s Pulp Fiction Soundtrack I was blown away again by her voice. I went back and looked up Maria’s Solo albums, in including the 1989 Self-Titled Album with “I’d Forgotten What It Was In You (That Put the Need In Me)” as it’s First Track.
A few years past I reunited with an old friend, an old crush, from my teenage years. We spoke about Maria McKee and Lone Justice, and I remembered that he’d been a fan of them, too. He’d seen Lone Justice play live in the late 80’s, something I’d sadly never go to do. I did get to see Maria Solo though, twice, once at Lilith Fair, and once at a small club by the beach (a little full circle from when I first found her voice.
He and I listened to Maria together, before things went wrong and left me wishing we’d never re-encountered each other. But, there were some good moments and there was some good Music., so in the end, like with everything else in my life, I’ll say no regrets.
“I’ve Forgotten What It Was In You (That Put the Need In Me)” (live, 1991) by Maria McKee