(Warner bros.) 12 tracks - Original 1975 'Warner Bros.' LP album
are a lovesome thing, God wot sort of a liner-note is this going to be?
I thought they had gone out of style. (They had, but theyce back, along
with ration-books grinning and bearing it cheer up it could be worse.
So, Scaffold recorded this album in Stockport mostly, a
bloody nice town Stockport. It's no Liverpool, but it's A-OK. The band
ioCC have studios there, Strawberry Studios, on a hill, near the station
and nearer a pub.
Mr. McCartney produced brother McGear's album
McGear of the same name there for wondrous Warner Bros. and Neil Sedaka
records there, likewise 10CC. Good old Stockport. Thy 'eart beats
strong and thou hart more than 'atmakers. Lol Cream of ioCC plays gysmo
on this album, which is one way of introducing you to some of the
performers. Arise Roger McGough, John Gorman and Mike McGear from the
blazing success of your single Liverpool Lou, and be acknowledged as
fine album makers. Roger is a poet, a major poet and you know that. Is
John Gorman the masked poet? He has to be unseen to be disbelieved and
even then ... Christ! Michael McGear is a poet and singer. I recently
squired him around America and it was a pleasure.
They are a
happy lot and they have had their ups and downs but for ten years they
have pleased, probably millions, certainly hundreds of thousands of very
choosy people with a curious, inimitable pot of scouse. They have had a
lot of hits, made quite a lot of money, blew most of it on a Generous
Arts Venture, but they survived and blended into Grimms another odd, but
brilliant combination of music, words and fun from whence for this
album they culled wry Andy Roberts (electric and acoustic guitar). Andy
has played in bands (like Liverpool Scene, Grimms and Plainsong), alone,
and on good sessions.
Step forward, with a grin, zany Zoot
Money, you from Georgie Fame so long ago, and Big Roll Band and much
other music besides, on electric piano. His WC Fields is good as anyone
else's, too. Zoot Money toured America with Eric Burdon. He is an asset.
Another good plus is mad lead guitarist Oli Housal of Patto fame and
presently with Kevin Ayers' band, much admired by musicians, much loved
Dave Richards, on bass is an old Grimms pal, was
with Andy in Plainsong (on the subject of which it might be said, pity
Plainsong didn't score ... they wuz good lads). From Family, dear
Family, Scaffold drew Rob Townsend, an excellent drummer and a charming
man, great husband and father. (Pity Leceister aren't having a good
If your ears discern percussion on the track 'Potato
Clock', as well they might, (recorded at IBC Studios eng. by Mike
Claydon) you will hear Frank Ricotti, and on a flying visit to
Strawberry Studios, Helen Cox (who is married to Martyn Cox, a splendid
Warner's promotion man working the middle of England) said, 'Ah Ahs' on
the Okey Cokey. Once upon a time she sang 'Wild Thing' did it well and
it did well. Brian Jones plays a mean saxophone ... Gerry Conway, superb
on drums, works oft times and well with Cat Stevens. So to Meggo ...
Megginson, who produced the album with Mike McGear. Meggo is a special
case. He looks as if he couldn't put his foot through a wet Echo
(regional joke) but he is a clever young man of some modesty. He plays
lovely piano on the album and did a lot of worrying with Mike to get
things right. He was famous from Renshaw Street to Goodison as a member
of Casper's Engine, and he has a most awful voice.
Lou, a nice top ten surprise in 1974, you will hear Denny Laine, Linda
McCartney and Jimmy McCullough of whom it has been said. Thanks to them
and salaams to Paul for producing that track. In conclusion, ladies and
gentlemen and little children, it gives me great pleasure ... this
album. Scaffold give me great pleasure. Ain't nobody like them ... Give
them a big hand, but first put it in your pocket. This is good value for
fifty bob. Can't get a decent Chinese meal for two for dat dese
SCAFFOLD Scaffold were formed in the summer of 1962. Consisting of John Gorman born 4th January 1936 in Birkenhead, Mike McGear (Michael McCartney) born 7th January 1944 in Walton, Liverpool and Roger McGough born 9th November 1937 in Liverpool. The trio met up when Post Office engineer John Gorman was organising the Merseyside Arts Festival, here he was introduced to Roger McGough who was an English teacher and poet. They both then met apprentice hairdresser Mike McGear who together trWth painter Adrian Henri and 2 girls, fennel:I The Liverpool One Fat Lady All Eectric Show!. In December 1963 the group were performing comedy sketches at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre when an ABC-TV talent scout pickeeil out the three boys and under the name of Scaffold signed them to supply comedy material for the late night TV show Gazette. As a result of the success of this they decided to turn professional in 1964. Until now all of the trio's material had been either comedy sketches or poetry. The first musical item they used was at the Everyman Theatre and was called 2 day's Monday. It was only a matter of time before the group hit the charts. In 1967, to thank their theatre audiences Mike McGear ,Wrote Thank U Very Much for the Aintree Iron, (Prime Minister Harold Wilson's favourite record). The track was released as a single and was an instant success, reaching number 4 on the , national charts. It was whilst the song was in the charts that it was reveal ' that it's composer was the younger brother of one Paul McCartney. Mike wand to work and be a success in his own right without using his brother's Beatles i, , connections, hence he'd changed his name to McGear. The track has been used / for sometime in an advertising campaign by Cadbury's Chocolate, yoa know the ( one "Thank U very much for Cadbury's Roses, thank U very much thanlil Ou very very very much The folow up single Do You Remember only reached number 34 in theicharts, bat one year after the release of Thank U Very Much, Lily The Pink hit the airwaves / iand had everyone in the country singing along to it's infectiOus lyrics. I The track was co-produced by Tim Rice who also sang the nar nar nee ar nar's on the Jennifer Eccles verse, and the actual verse was sung by Graham Nash not Roger McGough, and amazingly bass was played by Jack "Cream" Bruce! The song was all about an American "quack" doctor called Lydia E. Pinkham who'd invented a medicinal compound to cure all ill's, and was based on an old rowdy rugby song. It stayed in the charts for 24 weeks and was ttke Christmas number one in 1968, selling well over one million copies. November 1969 saw Gin Gan Goolie in the charts and the groups final chart entry produced by Paul McCartney was Liverpool Lou which reached number 7 in 1974, which was also the year that the album Sold Out was released. Following this, the band members each persued solo careers. Mike McGear became a very talented photographer and has had 11 images bought by the National Portrait Gallery (one of which is the cover of this album). He has also just had two pictures chosen for the 100 greatest rock 'n' roll photographs of all time by Q magazine. Roger McGough returned to a successful career writing poetry and John Gorman began working in television, most famously on Tiswas with Chris Tarrant, Lenny Henry and Sally James. The 4 entered the charts in 1980 as the Bucketeers with The Bucket of Water Song. This collection of Scaffold material proves what a talented bunch of writers and performers they were, and look out! they are reforming in 2002 to help Liverpool's bid for the European Capital of Culture. Steve Woof Thank U Very Much To Mike Mcgear