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Mental As Anything Mark 40 Years With A 2-Vinyl Disc Chock Full of Hits

by Paul Cashmere on October 7, 2019

in News

2019 marks 40 years since Mental As Anything’s first hit ‘The Nips Are Getting Bigger’. They will mark the occasion with the new compilation ‘Surf & Mull & Sex & Fun’.

The Mental’s magic came from four individual songwriters in the band. “Having four songwriters in the band kept the competition for next single release pretty fierce” says Greedy Smith. “It feels like we were putting out a new song every three months during the eighties.”

Mental As Anything’s Live It Up’ featured in Crocodile Dundee and now the new film ‘Blinded By The Light’, their hit ‘I Didn’t Mean To Be Mean’ was produced by Elvis Costello and they have also worked in the studio with Richard Gottehrer for the ‘Fundamental As Anything’ album after he had worked with Blondie and The Go-Go’s.

Mental As Anything’s debut album ‘Get Wet’ was released in November 1979.

Disc 1
Side one
1. The Nips Are Getting Bigger (no 16, 1979)
2. Egypt (single 1980)
3. (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet (no 27, 1980)
4. Come Around (no 18, 1980)
5. Too Many Times (no 6, 1981)
6. If You Leave Me Can I Come Too? (no 4, 1981)
7. Berserk Warriors (no 30, 1981)
8. Let’s Cook (single 1982)

Side two

1. I Didn’t Mean To Be Mean (no 25, 1982)
2. Close Again no 55, 1982)
3. Spirit Got Lost (no 20, 1982)
4. Brain Brain (no 82, 1983)
5. Working For The Man (no 20, 1983)
6. Apocalypso (Wiping The Smile Off Santa’s Face) (no 37, 1984)

Disc Two
Side One

1. You’re So Strong (no 11, 1985)
2. Live It Up (no 2, 1985)
3. Date With Destiny (no 25, 1985)
4. Let’s Go To Paradise (no 15, 1986)
5. He’s Just No Good For You (no 15, 1987)
6. Don’t Tell Me Now (no 36, 1987)

Side Two

1. Concrete and Clay (Martin Plaza solo no 2, 1986)
2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Music (no 5, 1988)
3. The World Seems Difficult (no 19, 1989)
4. Mr. Natural (no 27, 1995)
5. Nigel (single, 1995)
6. Surf & Mull & Sex & Fun (Fundamental album track, 1981)

Mental As Anything start their 40th Anniversary Surf & Mull & Sex & Fun tour on 18 October.

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