Love and Money (band)

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Love and Money
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1985–present
Members James Grant
Paul McGeechan
Bobby Paterson
Douglas MacIntyre
Gordon Wilson
Stuart Kerr

Love and Money are a rock/soul/funk band formed in 1985 in Glasgow, Scotland. The band was formed by three former members of Friends Again (singer-songwriter and guitarist James Grant, drummer Stuart Kerr and keyboardist Paul McGeechan) along with bassist Bobby Paterson, who replaced Friends Again's Neil Cunningham and who had been a member of Set The Tone, a band previously signed to Island Records in 1983.[1]

In their initial nine years together they recorded four moderately successful albums, three of which were released in the United States, and had six chart hits in the United Kingdom.[2]

All You Need Is...Love And Money[edit]

Signing to Phonogram's Mercury Records in the United Kingdom, they recorded "Candybar Express" with production from Duran Duran's Andy Taylor, and this recording became their first hit receiving considerable airplay in the U.S. and reaching number 56 in the UK Singles Chart in the spring of 1986.[2] Shortly afterwards they released their debut album, All You Need is Love and Money produced by Tom Dowd but this failed to chart. Follow up singles Dear John and River Of People were released to modest success. In September 1986, the group played an Artists Against Apartheid concert at Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, alongside acts such as The Big Dish and Lloyd Cole. The band also had a high profile support slot with U2 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

Strange Kind of Love[edit]

The 1988 follow-up album Strange Kind of Love (which featured Toto's Jeff Porcaro on drums following the departure of Kerr) was overseen by Steely Dan producer Gary Katz and featured the hit Halleluiah Man which helped to establish a sizeable following for the band, this single was a minor hit in UK (#63) but was more successful in Continental Europe and in Oceania, reaching the Top 50 (and sometimes the Top 40) in 1989;[3] becoming notably a big hit in Italy where it charted at #21.[4] The more restrained production and the band's refined and tight funk sound made the album almost unrecognisable from their earliest work. Further singles Strange Kind of Love and Jocelyn Square charted, although they did not break into the Top 40.

The band toured extensively to promote Strange Kind Of Love, including the United States and Japan and garnered support slots with Tina Turner, Simply Red and BB King. Part of the band's performance at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness was filmed for BBC Scotland's Sounds of Eden programme. A half-hour set from the band also featured on the Night Network television show and they performed the Strange Kind Of Love single on Wogan.

Strange Kind of Love, which has sold in excess of 250,000 copies worldwide, was re-released in April 2010 with added demos and new sleeve notes from James Grant, Paul McGeechan and Gary Katz.

The Mother's Boy[edit]

The band, now supplemented by permanent drummer Gordon Wilson and rhythm guitarist Douglas MacIntyre, returned to the studio to record the follow-up, to be entitled The Mother's Boy, but the songs met disapproval from Phonogram. The release was scrapped and the band returned to the studio. Several of the tracks including proposed album opener Hubcap to Blue Town, Blue Eyed World (played on the Strange Kind of Love tour), and True Believer would reappear as b-sides to the singles from the eventual follow-up Dogs in the Traffic. Pappa Death would appear on Dogs in the Traffic and No Chicane on Grant's solo debut Sawdust in My Veins. Other tracks, including "Amaranth", would appear on the 2012 release "The Devil's Debt".

Dogs in the Traffic[edit]

Dogs in the Traffic is considered by many to be Love and Money's greatest achievement and was included in the All Time Top 100 Scottish Pop and Rock albums in The Scotsman newspaper (at number 30). The album reflected Grant's growing maturity as a writer and the stripped-down arrangements allowed greater emphasis on his lyrics and melodies. The band gave a pre-release playthrough of the album at City Halls in Candleriggs, Glasgow which included an encore featuring Tom Waits' Clap Hands and Bob Dylan's You Ain't Goin' Nowhere. Three singles were released from the album, Winter, My Love Lives in a Dead House, and the Wishing Waters EP on which live favourite Looking For Angeline was the lead track.

Littledeath[edit]

Love and Money's fourth album, Littledeath (1993) was released independently on Iona Gold records and featured the single, Last Ship on the River. Due primarily to lack of promotion, Littledeath sold 25,000, around one tenth of the sales for Strange Kind of Love and the group were subsequently released from Mercury. Bassist Bobby Paterson had split from the band to form a career in bar management and did not feature on this album, Grant himself taking on bass duties. The remainder of the band went their separate ways in 1994, although they did regroup for one, seemingly final, gig at Glasgow Barrowland on 23 December 1994 entitled "Love and Money: RIP" where older hits were dusted off, alongside newer material and a cover of Bowie's Ziggy.

Bobby Paterson 1956 – 2006[edit]

Robert Armstrong Paterson was born in 1956 in Carntyne, Glasgow. In the 1970s he recorded with Sandy McClelland and the Backline; in the 1980s with Set The Tone, who released a number of singles and an album on Island Records. The singles Rap Your Love and Dance Sucker were club hits at the time, with the latter remixed by Francois Kevorkian.

Following involvement in the original incarnation of Primal Scream, he became a member of Love and Money, where he remained for nine years.

Leaving Love and Money before their album littledeath was released, he moved into bar and club management in Glasgow, overlooking Big Beat owned clubs such as Expo and The Tunnel Club before setting up and running the innovative boutique hotel, Saint Jude's.

More recently he formed a new band with Adrian Barry and Bobby Bluebell from 1980s hitmakers The Bluebells, called the Poems. Their CD is entitled Young America.

He died in Glasgow on 23 July 2006.

James Grant[edit]

James Grant released his first solo album Sawdust in My Veins in 1998 and has released four further albums, My Thrawn Glory, I Shot The Albatross (a collection of poetry set to music), Holy Love, and Strange Flowers.[5] The latter was released in February 2009 and Grant premiered the tracks at the Glasgow ABC venue as part of the 2009 Celtic Connections festival.

Grant also scored the film, The Near Room and has collaborated with Capercaillie's Karen Matheson, performing live and writing songs for her solo records.

Reformation[edit]

Love and Money reformed 'for one night only' for a successful sell out show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections 2011. They played the albums Strange Kind of Love and Dogs in the Traffic in their entireties and dedicated the song Walk The Last Mile to bassist Bobby Paterson, who had died in 2006. It was announced in March 2011 that the band would continue their reunion with a show at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on 4 December 2011.

The Devil's Debt[edit]

The band previewed its fifth studio album 'The Devil's Debt' to a sold out show at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on 5 May 2012. The album was released on Vertical Records in October 2012 to positive reviews.

My Story[edit]

Douglas Macintyre was featured in the "Pop Band" episode of the Cbeebies "My Story" programme in late 2012.

Albums[edit]

All You Need Is...Love and Money (1986)[edit]

  • "Candybar Express"
  • "River of People"
  • "Twisted"
  • "Pain is a Gun"
  • "Love and Money"
  • "Dear John"
  • "Cheeseburger"
  • "You're Beautiful"
  • "Temptation Time"

Strange Kind Of Love (1988)[edit]

  • "Halleluiah Man"
  • "Shape of Things To Come"
  • "Strange Kind of Love"
  • "Axis of Love"
  • "Jocelyn Square"
  • "Walk The Last Mile"
  • "Razorsedge"
  • "Inflammable"
  • "Up Escalator"
  • "Avalanche"
  • "Scapegoat" (Not included on vinyl release)

''Strange Kind of Love'' (2010 Remaster) The album was re-issued by Cherry Red Records on 19 April 2010. It has been remastered by Paul McGeechan from the original master tapes and includes 6 unreleased demos and forewords from James, Paul and producer Gary Katz.

Bonus Tracks

  • "The Hallelujah Man (demo)"
  • "Walk The Last Mile With You (demo)"
  • "Scapegoats (demo)"
  • "Up Escalator (demo)"
  • "Strange Kind of Love (demo)"
  • "Axis of Love (demo)"

Dogs in the Traffic (1991)[edit]

  • "Winter"
  • "Johnny's Not Here"
  • "My Love Lives in a Dead House"
  • "Cheap Pearls"
  • "You're Not The Only One"
  • "Looking For Angeline"
  • "Sometimes I Want To Give Up"
  • "Lips Like Ether"
  • "Whisky Dream"
  • "Pappa Death"

Littledeath (1993)[edit]

  • "Littledeath" (reprise)
  • "Last Ship on the River"
  • "I'll Catch You When You Fall"
  • "Keep Looking for the Light"
  • "Pray For Love"
  • "Don't Be Afraid of The Dark"
  • "Ugly As Sin"
  • "Love Is Like A Wave"
  • "Bitches Breach"
  • "Kiss of Life"
  • "Sweet Black Luger"
  • "What Time Is The Last Train"
  • "Littledeath"

Cheap Pearls and Whisky Dreams: Best of (1999)[edit]

  • "Halleluiah Man"
  • "Winter"
  • "River of People"
  • "Who In Their Right Mind"
  • "Walk The Last Mile"
  • "Last Ship on the River"
  • "My Love Lives in a Dead House"
  • "Looking For Angeline"
  • "Strange Kind of Love"
  • "Jocelyn Square"
  • "You're Beautiful"
  • "Up Escalator"
  • "Wanderlust II"
  • "Sometimes I Want to Give Up"
  • "Pray For Love"
  • "Candybar Express"
  • "Whisky Dream"

The Devil's Debt (2012)[edit]

  • "The Devil's Debt"
  • "Goodbye Phoebus"
  • "This Is The Last Time"
  • "I Never Touched Her"
  • "Piglet"
  • "Sin of Pity"
  • "Modigliani Baby"
  • "The Desired"
  • "I'm Just Too Good For You"
  • "Amaranth"

Singles[edit]

  • "Candybar Express" (1986) UK No. 56
  • "Dear John" (1986)
  • "River of People" (1987)
  • *Love & Money" (1987) UK No. 68
  • "Halleluiah Man" (1988) UK No. 63
  • "Strange Kind of Love" (1989) UK No. 45
  • "Jocelyn Square" (1989) UK No. 51
  • "Up Escalator – Four Songs from Love & Money EP (1989)"
  • "My Love Lives in a Dead House" (1991)
  • "Wishing Waters EP" (1991)
  • "Winter" (1991) UK No. 52
  • "Last Ship on the River" (1994)
  • "This Is The Last Time" (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". Official James Grant website. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 331. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Austriacharts.at
  4. ^ Hitparadetalia.it
  5. ^ Daily Music Guide

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