Love and Money (band)

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.[2]

Love and Money
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresPop rock, sophisti-pop[1]
Years active1985–present
MembersJames Grant
Paul McGeechan
Douglas MacIntyre
Gordon Wilson
Past membersBobby Paterson
Stuart Kerr

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.[3]

All You Need Is...Love And Money

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 airplay in the U.S. and reaching number 56 in the UK Singles Chart in the spring of 1986.[3] 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 support slot with U2 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

Strange Kind of Love

The 1988 follow-up album Strange Kind of Love (which featured Toto's Jeff Porcaro on drums following the departure of Kerr, as well as Rick Derringer and an uncredited appearance from Donald Fagen) 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;[4] just missing the Top 20 in Italy.[5] Strange Kind of Love and Jocelyn Square also charted, although they did not break into the Top 40.

The band toured 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

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

Dogs in the Traffic was included in the All Time Top 100 Scottish Pop and Rock albums in The Scotsman newspaper (at number 30). 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 Looking For Angeline was the lead track.

Littledeath and split

Love and Money's fourth album, Littledeath (1993) was released independently on Iona Gold records and featured the single, Last Ship on the River. The album 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 final gig at Glasgow Barrowland on 23 December 1994 entitled "Love and Money: RIP".

Reformation and The Devil's Debt

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. The Strange Kind of Love portion of the show was later released on L&M recordings. 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 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.

Douglas Macintyre was featured in the ‘Pop Band’ episode of the CBeebies My Story programme in late 2012.[6]


Bobby Paterson

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 the clubs Expo and The Tunnel Club, before setting up and running the boutique hotel, Saint Jude's.

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

He died in Glasgow on 23 July 2006.[7]

James Grant

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.[8] The latter was released in February 2009 and Grant premièred 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. He released the James Grant & The Hallelujah Strings live album on Vertical in 2016 featuring Love and Money songs along with songs from his solo career. In 2017 he collaborated with producer Gordy Goudie on the Korvids album on Nang Records.

Paul McGeechan

Paul McGeechan has produced a number of high profile artists and released the Starless record in 2016, a lushly orchestrated album featuring a number of guest vocalists including Paul Buchanan (The Blue Nile), Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), Julie Fowlis and Chris Thomson (The Bathers), and recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.


Studio albums

Year Album Peak positions
1986 All You Need Is...Love and Money
1988 Strange Kind of Love 71 71 175
1991 Dogs in the Traffic 41
1993 Littledeath
2012 The Devil's Debt
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  • Cheap Pearls and Whisky Dreams: Best of (1999)

Live albums

  • Strange Kind of Love - Live in Glasgow (2011)

Re-issued albums

  • Strange Kind of Love (2010 Remaster)

The album was re-issued by Cherry Red Records on 19 April 2010. It was remastered by Paul McGeechan from the original master tapes, and includes 6 unreleased demos and forewords from James, Paul and producer Gary Katz.


Year Single Peak positions Album
Hot 100



1986 "Candybar Express" 56 96 10 All You Need Is...Love and Money
"Dear John"
1987 "River of People" 82
"Love and Money" 68
1988 "Halleluiah Man" 63 47 27 41 39 76 44 Strange Kind of Love
1989 "Strange Kind of Love" 45 76
"Jocelyn Square" 51
"Up Escalator" 79
1991 "My Love Lives in a Dead House" Dogs in the Traffic
"Looking for Angeline"
(from the Wishing Waters E.P.)
"Winter" 52
1994 "The Last Ship on the River" Littledeath
2011 "This Is the Last Time" The Devil's Debt
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


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    • Top 100 (Kent Music Report) peaks to 12 June 1988: Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 181. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 12 June 1988.
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    • Strange Kind of Love (album) (ARIA) chart peak: "ARIA Albums Chart w/c 1-5-1989". Retrieved 15 June 2019.
    • "Strange Kind of Love" (single) (ARIA) chart peak: Scott, Gavin. "This Week In 1989: May 14, 1989". Retrieved 15 June 2019.
    • Top 100 (ARIA) peaks from January 1990 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 171.
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