Bargain Bins, Let's All Party and Love Is The Drug

by Martin Smith

Bargain Bins
I first discovered Love and Money in a Woolworth's Bargain Bin, in Stretford, Manchester. "Candybar Express" was the single and probably cost me about 25p (it was 1986, after all !!). From there on in, I think I bought nearly everything they released (south of the border!!).

Let's All Party
I first saw Love and Money live in July 1986 (after recently buying the album), at Manchester International No.1. It was a Friday night, and I was initially going to see the band on my own, (none of my friends had ever even heard of them, let alone anything by them). Eventually a girlfriend came to the gig. She was not impressed, the place was empty with probably about two dozen people in there (can't even remember who the support band where, as usually went early to catch them).
Anyway, Love and Money eventually came on and James Grant was taken aback by the extememely small audience. As much as he tried and shouted, "Let's all party," the audience participation was just not there. I enjoyed it, but I never took that same girlfriend to a gig again.

Love is the drug
On Friday, February 20th, 1987, I went to what was probably one of my all-time favourite gigs (I still have the ticket). Love and Money AND Hue and Cry. It cost me 2 for the ticket, it was so cheap, even my older brother came along. Hue and Cry were great (they had recently released "I Refuse," first time around, and before the popularity and hype of "Labour of Love").

Love and Money came on and played most of the tracks of All You Need Is... However, I do recall them playing a couple of upbeat tracks--one called "Up Escalator" and the other called "Skateboard"--both of which didn't surface on vinyl for several years until the time of Strange Kind of Love. Turns out the song was "Scapegoat" and not "Skateboard"--oh well !! Anyway, towards the end of the set and in between songs, I decided it was about time they played one of my favourite songs off All You Need Is..., so I shouted out "Pain Is The Gun". To which James replied with a very severe put-down, "You'll be asking for 'Love is the Drug' next". You can imagine how small I felt, and even my brother made some sarcastic remark after the gig.

A few small reminisces and anecdotes that I tell to those that will listen when I'm drunk.

Martin Smith


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