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The Steve James Masterclass featuring Mental As Anything

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Spend three days in the studio with internationally renowned Producer Steve James and Australian legends Mental As Anything recording, mixing and mastering a brand new single to be released written by the famous Australian rock legends Greedy Smith and Martin Plaza.

Personally join Steve James and Mental As Anything in their journey at A Sharp and follow the techniques and methods that has earned Steve James Number 1 chart hits in the UK and US with Grammy nominee album and ARIA’s producer and engineer of the year.

For more information about the Steve James Masterclass please go to: www.asharp.com.au/master-class-steve-james or write to [email protected]

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Review: Noise 11: Mental As Anything Deliver Rapid Fire Hits In Sunday Arvo Club Show

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by Paul Cashmere on August 9, 2015

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Mental As Anything perform at the Caravan Club, Oakleigh 9th AugThe sheer number of Mental As Anything hits is gobsmacking. How many acts are delivering 17 of their own hits in a show on 2015 and still not do them all? AC/DC and INXS maybe but you are never going to see them in a club in the suburbs on a Sunday afternoon.

Mental As Anything wrote themselves into Oz Rock History with a succession of chart hits that started in 1979 with ‘The Nips Are Getting Bigger’ and continued through to 1995 with ‘Mr Natural’.

Some perspective, of the most successful bands since Mentals, Powderfinger and The Living End each had 12 hits. In total, Mental As Anything had 20 Top 40 hits in Australia. The only person to have as many hits as the Mentals in the 20th century is Guy Sebastian with a current tally of 20 as well. Some more perspective, Jet only ever had 6 hits.

Mental As Anything is a phenomenal Australian music success. Today Greedy Smith and Martin Plaza continue the legacy with James Gillard (ex-Mondo Rock), Martin Cilla (The Atlantics) and drummer Jacob Cook. The O’Doherty brothers Pete & Reg left long ago and built their own success out of Dog Trumpet. As the guitarist for surf band The Atlantics, Martin Cilla brings a different feel to the Mentals while not tampering with the legacy.

Mental As Anything will next play Sydney on August 15, 2015.

Mental As Anything, Melbourne, 9 August 2015

Too Many Times (no 6, 1981, from Cats & Dogs)
Let’s Cook (from Cats & Dogs, 1981)
Berserk Warriors (no 30, 1981, from Cats & Dogs)
Spirit Got Lost (no 20, 1983, from Creatures of Leisure)
Date With Destiny (no 25, 1985, from Fundamental As Anything)
I Didn’t Mean To Be Mean (no 25, 1982)
Come Around (no 18, 1980, from Espresso Bongo)
Live It Up (no 2, 1985, from Fundamental As Anything)
Marie’s The Name (Elvis Presley cover)
If You Leave Me Can I Come Too (no 4, 1981, from Cats & Dogs)
Alien Abduction (from Tents Up, 2009)
Let’s Go To Paradise (no 15, 1986, from Mouth to Mouth)
Mr Natural (no 27, 1995, from Liar Liar Pants On Fire)
The World Seems Difficult (no 19, 1989, from Cyclone Raymond)
Mountain of Love (Harold Dorman cover)
He’s Just No Good For You (no 15, 1987, from Mouth to Mouth)
Concrete And Clay (no 2, 1986, from Martin Plaza’s solo album Plaza Suite)
Just Like Romeo and Juliet (no 27, 1980)
You’re So Strong (no 11, 1985, from Fundamental As Anything)
The Nips Are Getting Bigger (no 16, 1979, from Get Wet)

Beautiful (new song)
The Rise And Fall Of Fingal Bunt (The Shadows cover)
Rock N Roll Music (no 5, 1988, from Cyclone Raymond)
Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town (Kenny Rogers cover)


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CargoART Magazine: Rockin’ 4 the Homeless 2.0 Gets Mental

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Australia’s Arts and Culture Guide

resized_Mentals brown poster 2015 square PRINTMental As Anything will bring the classics to Redcliffe Dolphins Leagues Club, where they are headlining Rockin’ 4 the Homeless 2.0.

On May 9th 2015, the band will join the likes of Phil Emmanuel, Steve Skinner, Faleepo Francisco and many more, united in an effort to raise awareness and much needed funds to fight against the plight of homelessness in the area. “It’s a great idea for someone to champion the cause of the unseen, really,” says Mental As Anything lead singer, Greedy Smith.

Over the years, Mental As Anything have released a multitude of top 30 hits including Too Many Times, Live It Up, If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? and Mr Natural, all of which have become classics of the Australian music scene. The pinnacle of their career came in 2009, when their contribution to the music industry was formally recognised with an induction into the Aria Hall of Fame. Though these achievements are something of which the average musician could only dream, it is the little things, such as hearing their first song played on the radio, that continue to resonate strongly with the band.

Having become attuned to their audiences needs over the years, performing for packed out stadiums and festivals as well as more intimate gigs, one would expect the Mentals would have their set down pat. After all, they’ve played pretty much everywhere in Australia and internationally as well as having appearances booked until the end of the year. Regardless of this, they are just like any other band, trying to achieve that perfect performance each time they set foot on stage.

“We spent the last fifteen years trying to go back to the original source, the recordings how we played them on the day we recorded them. When we first started, we’d record them and we’d play them. We didn’t give much thought to doing faithful renditions. Now, we’re playing to generations younger who wouldn’t have seen us when we were playing like that in the 80s … It’s always a challenge to play them [the songs] properly. It’s amazing how much pleasure you get out of doing the job properly,” says Smith. “I know when I go to see one of my heroes; I get a bit disappointed if they’re doing some weird improvisation of it. I want to hear the song as I heard it on the radio as a kid.”

When all is said and done, the event will see thirty acts perform over three stages, providing audiences with a day to remember, some of which have never played on the same bill before. While the Mentals are looking forward to playing to fans both new and old when they perform at Rockin’ 4 the Homeless, the gig also gives them a chance to become punters themselves and catch up on music they may have missed out on whilst on tour. “I think people are going to get a face full of music,” says Smith.

Mental As Anything will perform at Rockin’ 4 the Homeless 2.0 on May 9th 2015.Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via http://www.rockin4thehomeless.com/ .

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The new Mentals.com.au

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This is the official site for Mental As Anything redesigned to suit smart phones and tablets and the traditional steam driven computers. Here you will find up to date touring info designed to put you at a Mentals show near you.

You will soon be able to link through to film clips, new songs and merchandise. Register here for the newsletter. The new site has been constructed by Mandy Hall Media.

Shop returning!

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Welcome to the new official Mental As Anything band web site. We’ve only just begun. A new web site shop is coming very soon. What should we sell? You tell us what you want in the comments below.



Greedy May Be Right!

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YoumayberightHosted by star of the stage and Dancing with the Stars judge, Todd McKenney, YOU MAY BE RIGHT pitches two teams of celebrities against each other as their knowledge of movies, music and television is put to the test in a series of fun trivia games. Greedy will appear on Sunday 13th of August on Seven / Prime @ 7.30pm