An acronym for its founding members, Grimms initially featured Roger Gorman, Andy Roberts (b. 12 June 1946, Hatch End, Middlesex, England), Neil Innes (b. 9 December 1944, Danbury, Essex, England), Mike McGear (b. Peter Michael McCartney, 7 January 1944, Liverpool, England), Roger McGough and Vivian Stanshall (b. Victor Anthony Stanshall, 21 March 1943, Oxford, England, d. 5 March 1995, Muswell Hill, London, England). As such it comprised members of Scaffold (McGough, McGear and Gorman), two members of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (Innes and Stanshall) plus Liverpool Scene guitarist Roberts. Formed in 1973, Grimms also featured Mersey poets Adrian Henri (b. 10 April 1932, Birkenhead, England, d. 20 December 2000, Liverpool, England) and Brian Patten to help create an ambitious amalgam of spoken word, satire and rock music. The group was a popular live attraction, with a theatrical show to match the songs’ lyrical content. The 1973 album Grimms was the ensemble’s finest release before tensions between individual members pulled the band apart. Indeed Stanshall had already left, prior to recording. However, witty wordplay fused to Innes and McGear’s melodies made Rockin’ Duck almost as attractive. By this point Patten had left the line-up and neither McGear nor Henri were present on the disappointing Sleeper. Grimms had split up prior to its release, its remaining members opting to pursue solo projects.
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