Mike McGear (Mike McCartney)
Scaffold were not a beat group, of course,
but they were very much a product of the cultural revolution on
Merseyside in the early Sixties, and their success demonstrated the
wideranging effects of that revolution in the country as a whole.
Like the groups, the young poets had built up an audience through performance, and places like Streates Coffee Bar, O'Connors and the Everyman theatre nad held regular poetry readings. When national attention began to focus on Liverpool after the first flood of pubicity about the Beatles, several of these poets began to sell nationally in unprecedented quantities.
Much of the new poetry was influenced by the lyrics of pop songs, and with their common origins, it was inevitable that the musicians and the poets should join forces. The most notable products of this fusion were the Liverpool Scene (fronted by Adrian Henri and Andy Roberts, formerly guitarist with the Clayton Squares), and Scaffold.
Roger McGough was already a national cult figure when the group formed, and it soon became known, in spite of his changed name, that Mike McGear was Paul McCartney's brother. Furthermore, Scaffold were genuinely witty and musically pleasing; so, although they were a kind of unit hitherto unknown in pop, it was not altogether surprising that 'Thank U very much', produced by George Martin, got into the Top Five. Television and live appearances, and more records followed, including a million-selling number one, 'Lily the Pink' in December ,1968.
Gorman, McGear and McGough are now members of Grimms, a little-bit-ofeverything group which also includes Gerry Conway, Brian Patten, Neil Innes, Andy Roberts and Zoot Money.