Aintree Iron: The Autobiography of Fred and Mercy Rimell

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Aintree Iron: The Autobiography of Fred and Mercy Rimell

Aintree Iron: The Autobiography of Fred and Mercy Rimell

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Working almost exclusively as a trio under the name the Scaffold from 1964, Gorman, McGear and McGough performed a mixture of comic songs, comedy sketches and the poetry of McGough (as evidenced on their 1968 live album), and they released a number of singles and albums on Parlophone and EMI between 1966 and 1971, with several more on Island, Warner Bros. In this series of informative five-minute programmes, titled Decimal Five and shown on BBC1, their songs included such relevant lyrics as "Give more, get change" and "Use your old coppers in sixpenny lots". In 1967, when the song by The Scaffold came out, I didn’t even know that Aintree was a place, and children who grow up singing hymns are accustomed to reciting song lyrics that are incomprehensible.

The levels of iron in a typical diet are generally sufficient, however, availability can become reduced in some diets. During the same period The Scaffold also recorded the darkly humorous theme tune to the British horror movie Burke And Hare, a version of which saw eventual release on The Scaffold at Abbey Road 1966-1971 (both versions of the song feature a prominent backing vocal from Vivian Stanshall, suggesting that the session may feature the same lineup of musicians as Do The Albert). As an extra to this story, I was told that hated southerners (like myself, originally from London) were never to be told the secret of the Aintree Iron, but it was well known by northerners. The Scaffold’s career outlasted that of McGear’s brother’s band, their name kept in the public eye with the Liver Birds 70s TV sitcom theme and their farewell single, a gloriously lugubrious version of Dominic Behan’s Liverpool Lou (an excellent compilation of most of The Scaffold’s work is currently available, though a new collection is in the works – hopefully this one will contain their timelocked rarity, Decimal Five, a song designed to help sell decimalisation to the masses).My brother-in-law is terminally ill and this week he asked me to find out what the "Aintree Iron" meant. But then, famous people found themselves attracted to this strange trio of pre-hippie, post-Kerouac pop poets. Thank U Very Much" is a song by Liverpudlian comedy trio the Scaffold, released as a single in November 1967.

The yard, which in 1894 covered a site of 200 acres, had a capacity of 6,828 wagons and was used to handle all the goods traffic to and from the Liverpool docks.Andy) Roberts, (Neil) Innes, McGear, McGough and (Viv) Stanshall; theirs was a brief recording and playing career, often as intense as it was anarchic. I think in the end the conclusion was that the lyric was a bit of nonsense, as no local people had ever heard the phrase before the song was released. Vitamins B6, B12, and FOLIC ACID counteract a deficiency and ensure normal red blood cell formation and survival. I once met a bloke who worked with the Scaffold who insisted that he knew what the Aintree Iron was, however he was also warned (in fact threatened) that he must never disclose.

Stephen Bold says that he once heard me define the Aintree Iron as "iron hoof: poof", ie Brian Epstein, "a resident of Aintree". The trio then concentrated on their work as part of Grimms, until the end of the year when McGear left that group after frayed tempers on another demanding UK tour led to an altercation with Brian Patten.A reunion occurred in 2008, to record a reworking of The Lightning Seeds' single " Three Lions", titled "3 Shirts on a Line", for Liverpool – The Number Ones Album, a compilation album commemorating Liverpool being the European Capital of Culture. Some mysteries are best left unsolved, and it is reassuring to find that the internet does not have the answer to everything. Mr Betty didn't cry, but became very bitter and twisted, and has now gone on to the stage of being wildly optimistic about West Ham's chances in next year's UEFA cup, which is a bit worrying.



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