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1972
"... We had this idea of working together as Grimms, which was Gorman, Roberts, Innes, McGough, McGear, Stanshall." - GRIMMS hits the road. Andy is a founder member, but joined Plainsong around the time of the first album instead. He didn't rejoin until the second tour and album in 1973.
 
 
ALBUMS
1973
1ST GRIMMS
Island HELP11
 
 
 
MUSICIANS:
Adrian Henri
Brian Patten
Roger McGough
John Gorman
Michael McGear
Zoot Money
Neil Innes
Michael Giles
John Megginson
  • Side One
1 Interruption At The Opera House pt1 (Brian Patten)
2 Three Times Corner
(Zoot Money)
3 Sex Maniac
(John Gorman & Roger McGough)
4 Galactic Love Poem
(Adrian Henri)
5 Chairman Shankly (Adrian Henri)
6 Italian Job (John Gorman, Michael McGear))
7 Albatross Ramble
(Brian Patten)
8 Humanoid Boogie (Neil Innes)
  • Side One
1 Short Blues (Neil Innes)
2 Summer with the Monarch (John Gorman, Michael McGear & Roger McGough)
3 Twyfords Vitromant (Neil Innes)
4 Following You (Zoot Money)
5 Newly Pressed Suit (Roger McGough)
6 11th Hour (Roger McGough)
7 Conservative Goverment Figures (Roger McGough)
8 Brown Paper Carrier Bag (Roger McGough & Neil Innes)
9 Soul Song (GRIMMS)
10 Interruption at the Opera House pt2 (Brian Patten)


PRODUCED BY:
Roger & Neil & everyone
 
RECORDED LIVE @
St Georger's Hall, Liverpool
 
Later released as a double album CD.
GRIMMS & ROCKIN' DUCK
EDCD 370
 
 
 
 
 
TWO TRACKS are missing from this later CD
Humanoid Boogie & Newly Pressed Suit
 
"GRIMMS was started in 1971, when we did two gigs, one at Greenwich Town Hall, with Keith Moon on drums, and one in Corby in Lincolnshire.
 
By the time the thing was organised to tour in 1972, I was with Plainsong, and unavailable.
I rejoined once Plainsong had folded"
 
1973
ROCKIN' DUCK
Island ILPS9248
 
MUSICIANS:
Andy Roberts
Adrian Henri
Mike McGear
Brian Patten
John Gorman
Neil Innes
David Richards
John Megginson
Ollie Halsall
Gerry Conway
  • Side One
1 Rockin Duck (Neil Innes)
2 Songs of the Stars (Andy Roberts)
3 The Right Mask (Brian Patten)
4 Policeman's Lot (John Gorman)
5 Question of Habit (Roger McGough)
6 Take It While You Can (Mike McGear & Roger McGough)
7 Poetic Licence (Brian Patten & Roger McGough)
8 The Masked Poet (John Gorman)
  • Side One
9 Hiss and Boo (John Gorman)
10 Gruesome (Andy Roberts & Roger McGough)
11 FX (Roger McGough)
12 Blab, Blab, Blab (Neil Innes & Roger McGough)
13 Backwards Thro' Space (Neil Innes)
14 OO-Chuck-A-Mao-Mao (Roger McGough)
15 End Of The Record (Roger McGough)
with
Mike Kellie
Brian Jones
Zoot Money
Norman Smedles
Ritchie Routledge
Kate Robbins
Valerie Movie
Pete Tatters
 
PRODUCED BY:
what production...!
 
RECORDED @
Island Studios
 
1976
SLEEPERS
DJM DJLPS 470
 
MUSICIANS:
Andy Roberts
Roger McGough
John Gorman
Neil Innes
David Richards
John Megginson
Timmy Donnell
 
with special thanks to
Zoot Money
Timmy Donnell
  • Side 1
1 The Worst Is Yet To Come (Roger McGough, Neil Innes & Andy Roberts)
2 Blackest Of Blues (Roger McGough & Andy Roberts)
3 Where Am I Now (Roger McGough and Andy Roberts)
4 House Of The Rising Sun (Roger McGough and Neil Innes)
5 Sing Me That Song (Dave Richards)
6 Wiggle Waggle (Grimms)
7 Backbreaker (John Gorman. Roger McGough. Neil Innes, Andy Roberts, Dave Richards & John Megginson)
  • Side 2
1 The Womble Bashers Of Walthamstow (Roger McGough & Neil Innes)
2 Randy Raquel (Neil Innes)
3 Goose (Roger McGough & Andy Roberts)
4 Street (John Gorman & Dave Richards)
5 Slaves Of Freedom (Neil Innes)
6 Bluebird Morning (Andy Roberts)
7 Plenty Of Time (Neil Innes)
RECORDED @
The Sawmills Studio
 
PRODUCED BY:
Peter Jenner & GRIMMS
 
ENGINEERED by Jerry Boys, who recorded Plainsong's 'Amelia' (and also went on to engineer 'Buena Vista Social Club' with Ry Cooder)
 
NOW ON CD ...

LIVE
 
This GRIMMS poster shows how expensive things were in the 1970's!
(Image courtesy of Paul Bartlett)
 
Live, GRIMMS were as wacky as you would expect. With Keith Moon on drums for the first gig and regular appearances with Vivian Stanshall and other assorted artists, the gigs were a mixture of good music, zany and outrageous antics and amusing and thought provoking poems from Roger & Brian.
 
...a great pity bands like GRIMMS are not about in today's music scene.

GRIMMS tour advert in the music press for the second tour in 1973. (left)

 

 

SINGLES    

 Several singles were released:

'Backbreaker' / The Masked Poet'

plus

'The Womble Bashers of Walthamstow' / 'The Worst is yet to Come' .

   
'Womble Bashers ...' caused a tv studio scuffle with Mike Batt (the creator of the wombles), who took exception to GRIMMS mocking his Wimbledon residents.
BOOKS
CLOWNS ON THE ROAD
PUBLISHED BY
Eyre Methuen


click on the pic ... to see some more wacky photos

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