Mental as Anything Celebrate 30th Anniversary
Mental as Anything were practically a national institution in the '80s.
Chart-topping hits like 'Live it Up' and'The World Seems Difficult' had the Sydney art-rock band selling out stadiums and hovering around the national charts for years. All those classic hits have now been compiled for a special 30th anniversary 'best of' release, 'Mental as Anything: Essential as Anything'. Incorporating two CDs, one DVD, a 12-page booklet and 24 classic hits, the compilation documents the group's rise from late '70s art-school obscurity to global success in the mid '80s.
The Sydney band first came to radio attention in 1979 with the release of 'The Nips are Getting Bigger'. Picked up by Double J Radio (now Triple J ), it introduced the band's particular brand of art rock/pop to the public and soon after went Top 40. Several albums followed and by the mid '80s they were enjoying huge hits. All of this was offset by the members' respective art careers (including a long-running stint with Mambo ). While the chart success dried up by the '90s and the band went on hiatus for a while, they've continued to draw crowds and perform throughout the last 30 years.
According to frontman, Martin Plaza, “The songs are enduring and people do respond to them; that's why we're still out there, I guess. It never ceases to amaze me how well they're known and how much they're liked.”
'Mental as Anything: Essential as Anything', the deluxe anniversary edition, is out 1 May.