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As a member of Friends Again} and Love and Money}, James Grant} (vocals, guitar, bass) helped to establish Glasgow, Scotland, as a wellspring for brainy, soulful pop} in the '80s. In 1982, Grant} joined Friends Again}, a punchy new wave} outfit who crossed Aztec Camera}'s jangly riffs with David Bowie}'s stabs at funk}. Friends Again} released one LP, Trapped and Unwrapped}, in 1984 before Grant} left the group to exhibit his own talent for songwriting. In 1985, Grant} formed Love and Money}, a band who initially clung to a jazzy, more rock}-oriented sound. Love and Money} recorded their first album, All You Need Is}, in 1986; however, the LP did not fulfill the commercial expectations caused by the success of the single "Candybar Express."} Love and Money}'s second album, Strange Kind of Love}, sold 250,000 copies, but Grant}'s creative vision became increasingly incompatible with the corporate needs of the group's label, Phonogram}. Grant} battled with Phonogram} over the artistic direction of Love and Money}'s third album, Dogs in the Traffic}, in 1991. The LP sold only 25,000 copies, and when the label saw no sales potential in 1994's Littledeath}, they dropped the band. The group split up soon thereafter. On Love and Money}'s later work, Grant} began venturing into country}, a genre that he continued to explore in his solo career. In 2000, Grant} released Sawdust in My Veins} to widespread critical acclaim. ~ Michael Sutton, All Music Guide

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