Mental As Anything’s classic ‘Live It Up’ gets a run in the new movie ‘Blinded By The Light’, the story of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of Bruce Springsteen.
One of the scenes of the movie features a near complete play of ‘Live It Up’. ‘Live It Up’ was a big hit in the UK in 1985. It reached no 3 on the UK chart. It also made no 2 in Ireland, no 4 in Norway, no 6 in Germany and New Zealand, no 15 in Austria and no 20 in Sweden.
‘Live It Up’ was written by the band’s co-founder and last original member of the band Greedy Smith. It also appeared in Paul Hogan’s ‘Crocodile Dundee’.
‘Blinded By The Light’ was approved by Bruce Springsteen who also allowed his music to be used in the film. Bruce also handed over the unreleased ‘I’ll Stand By You’, written and rejected for a Harry Potter movie.