Money's Too Tight (to Mention)

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"Money's Too Tight (to Mention)"
UK 7-inch vinyl single
Single by Simply Red
from the album Picture Book
B-side"(Open Up the) Red Box"
ReleasedMarch 28, 1985
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
GenreBlue-eyed soul
Songwriter(s)John Valentine, William Valentine
Producer(s)Stewart Levine
Simply Red singles chronology
"Money's Too Tight (to Mention)"
"Come to My Aid"

"Money's Too Tight (to Mention)" (sometimes stylized as "Money$ Too Tight (to Mention)" in some of its single and album releases) is a song written and first recorded by The Valentine Brothers, John Valentine and Billy Valentine, and released as a single in 1982. The song was ranked at number 6 among the top ten "Tracks of the Year" for 1982 by NME.[1]

It was covered by the British pop/soul group Simply Red in 1985. The Valentine Brothers' version peaked at #41 on the Billboard R&B charts, while the Simply Red single went to #13 on the UK charts in July 1985 and #28 on the Billboard U.S. pop chart in 1986. It was Simply Red's first UK single. The song was also an international hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries.[2]

The lyrics concern a person with economic problems, and mentions Reaganomics, a set of economic policies implemented by U.S. president Ronald Reagan in order to encourage the growth of the American economy. The lyrics include the lines "the old man that's over the hill", and "did the earth move for you, Nancy?" He wants to borrow money, first from his brother who responds,"Brother I'd like to help you but I'm unable to", then to his "Father, Father, almighty Father" who then responds "Money's too tight to mention".

A pastiche of the song was recorded and used as the theme song for the Australian investment television program Money (1993–2002). Another pastiche was recorded for Bo Selecta in segments featuring Leigh Francis's impression of Hucknall.

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. Money's Too Tight (To Mention) 3:38
  2. (Open Up the) Red Box 3:55

12" single

  1. Money's Too Tight (To Mention) (The Cutback Mix) 8:40
  2. Money's Too Tight (To Mention) (Single Version) 3:38
  3. Money's Too Tight (To Mention) (Dub Version) 6:43


Simply Red version[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 21
Canadian RPM Top 100 51
Dutch Top 40 22
French Singles Chart 29
Irish Singles Chart 9
Italian Singles Chart 4
New Zealand Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 13
US Billboard Hot 100 28
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ Hung, Medien. "SIMPLY RED - MONEY$ TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) (CHANSON)". Retrieved 2 December 2017.