A couple of weeks ago monday moments I featured one half of the splinters from Friends Again, this week it is time for the other.
If the Bathers went for a more European sound then Love and Money looked west. James Grant has a fantastic voice and when he formed Love and Money it seemed like they were set for super stardom . I remember every week it seemed like the Record Mirror had some review or article championing the band and what ironically was I think their weakest release - the debut lp All You Need is Love and Money.
Despite not selling that much the record company pulled out all the stops for the follow up lp A Strange Kind of Love, calling in Steely Dan producer Gary Katz. As a result the guitar work outs are toned down and there is a more polished feel.
My monday moment comes from one of the singles from this lp. I moved to Glasgow straight from poly and went from knowing everyone in the pub to only knowing the person I went for a drink with. I loved the city but felt isolated, not helped by the fact that for that year the city lived up to its raintown reputation and this song touched a nerve. On the long drives to visit poly friends I would play this and belt out a sing along in the relative privacy of my nearly new Ford escort company car. My monday moment is the first verse especially the "still think about you but only when it rains" which still sends a shiver down my spine and takes me back to singing/shouting/driving in the dark
Wrote you a letter and i sent it on the first of July
Now its November and still I've heard no reply
It will be my birthday soon if I don't see you I'll survive
I would be happy if you let me know you re still alive
Still live on Jocelyn square nothing much has really changed
Still think about you but only really when it rains
Sometimes you don't know something is open until it shuts
I loved you so much I hated your guts
Love and Money released a couple more lps and one the record company rejected and James Grant continues to record solo lps , the latest, last year's Strange Flowers, contains some of his best songs
Strange Kind of Love recently had a re release and can be bought here