BELOW IS ANDY'S FIRST EVER REVIEW (1965)!
THE SCAFFOLD, GRIMMS, BONZO'S and more...
"I ran into a guy at a party who was the older brother of the drummer in the band I'd had at school, a chap called Max Stafford-Clark. Max said he was going to Edinburgh to do a play and would I write a tune for it? I was eighteen and kind of drunk or stoned or something and I didn't take it seriously.
We played for a fortnight, about an hour each night, and after us was Lindsay Kemp with Jack Burkett, The Great Orlando, plus this young student of his called Vivian Stanshall (right), doing mime and playing the tuba and generally camping around. I was sharing a dressing room with Viv, the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band had just started and he told me all about that.
Following us in for the third week of the Festival was this funny theatre team from Liverpool called The Scaffold. I didn't know anything about them. Somebody said oh yes, Paul McCartney's brother. I went to see their show and thought it was wonderful and that's how I met Roger McGough, John Gorman and Mike McGear.
With them was all these other people like Pete Brown, Spike Hawkins, Brian Patten, Adrian Henri, all these poets - they were doing a poetry show at The Traverse in the afternoon.
"All these people who have remained friends and collaborators were all focused on this one little theatre."
I was there the day Roger said "I've got these words ... it's an old rugger song we used to do". We thrashed it out in John Gorman's flat, I also played on the record. "... until I ducked out after 'Lily The Pink' 'cause it was all so big. They were working every night and I was a student, I couldn't do it. "