All of the early members are visual artists and have had combined studio displays,  some have had solo studio displays with Mombassa's artwork also used as designs by the Mambo clothing company. Mental As Anything's music is characterised by poppy, accessible and well-crafted melodies and lyrics, and their work showcases an ironic, satirical and self-deprecating sense of humour. They were first billed as Mental as Anything on 14 Mayafter some early party Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors without a name.
Prior to the gig at a Chippendale Settlement Dance, they provided the promoter, Paul Worstead, with a list of possible names. Worstead chose Mental As Anything—which was how fellow artist Ken Bolton described them after one of their earlier party performances—and designed an accompanying poster featuring an image of a truck hauling a giant cabbage. Late inanother fellow East Sydney Tech student Andrew Smith Greedy Smith made guest appearances with the band on harmonica whilst still a member of another band, and by year's end Smith had joined full-time and he also played keyboards.
At the Unicorn Hotel, their stage was on top of the pool table to free up floor space. The band was spotted by film-makers Cameron Allen and Martin Fabinyiwho founded their own independent record labelRegular Recordsin September to record and release the group's music.
Sydney radio station Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors Jay now Triple Jgave airplay to its most popular track, "The Nips Are Getting Bigger", Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors a drinking song written by Plaza,   which showed a stylistic debt to British new wave.
Shortly before the Ralf Bremer - Dream Girl had been settled, Peter O'Doherty was using the pseudonym Ouzo Pork, but he elected to keep his birth name for professional purposes. His nickname, as used in interviews, was Yoga Dog, but he was never billed as such.
They scored a No. The next single, "Berserk Warriors" Decemberwas a satirical tribute to ABBAalthough the concurrent release of the pop hit "Swords of a Thousand Men" by British band Tenpole Tudor prevented Mental As Anything from realising their plan to make a Viking -themed music video to promote it, although they did eventually make the clip as planned and included it on their subsequent video album compilation.
Mental As Anything members were also visual artists and held their first exhibition of their works in May. To promote, "Spirit Got Lost", Mental As Anything performed the single on Countdown with the episode's director, Kris Noble, using a dry ice -filled coffin with a band member due to emerge; complaints from within the coffin were ignored by Noble with " It's only another 30 seconds ", until a crew member remembered that dry ice could cause nausea, choking or even death.
It was another year before their next single, Mombassa and Plaza's blackly humorous Christmas release, "Apocalypso Wiping the Smile off Santa's Face "  appeared in December which was one of the first Australian recordings to be remixed as a 12" 'disco' version. Greedy Smith began to gain prominence with his songwriting success and became the lead vocalist on several songs.
Plaza's deep, sultry vocals contrasted well with Smith's higher pitched pop and falsetto. Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors penned and sang the next two singles, both from their Fundamental album produced by Richard Gottehrer and released in Septemberwhich peaked at No. From late in to earlyMental As Anything were the opening act on the multi-group Australian Made concert tour where they were joined by former Dynamic Hepnotics keyboardist Mike Gubb. The first single released in from the album, "The World Seems Difficult" was a top twenty hit,  but polished up for the overseas market, sounded unlike anything the band had previously released.
Two further singles, "Baby You're Wild" and "Overwhelmed" did not peak into the top 50,  and promotion of the album was hindered after Smith injured his arm in a horse riding accident, and was hospitalised, which I Must Confess - Everything But The Girl - British Summertime tour concerts to be postponed or cancelled.
By earlyMental As Anything members agreed to take a sabbatical to work on solo work and side projects. After returning to Mental As Anything, they continued with their Dog Trumpet side project and provided three further album releases.
Mombassa also designed innumerable T-shirts, posters, videos and record covers for Mental As Anything and other bands. Johnny Lydon spied Reg's work on Mambo clothing and sought him out to do their album cover. As Beatfish, they released the self-titled album, Beatfishwhich was one of the first Australian dance or house flavoured albums. Plaza's album Andy's Chest was composed almost entirely of Lou Reed covers. Smith performed with his band, Greedy's on the Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriorsduring but there was no recorded output,  while Twohill returned to art college and finished his degree.
The program 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. During the sabbatical, Mental As Anything still played short tours and one off gigs, but by they were back on record, providing the song "Ride", produced by Tim Farrissfor the soundtrack to the Yahoo Serious film Reckless Kelly.
They released a compilation of rare album tracks and b-sides, Chemical Travelin November. By mid the band had recorded an album's worth of self-produced material but were having difficulty getting a release deal. Other stations followed and the demand led to the track being given a commercial release as a single and reaching the top 30 on the ARIA Charts although charting higher in the States where the tour and free EP didn't reach.
Three further singles were lifted off Liar Liar in and Mombassa's "Nigel" which just failed to chart, a cover of Wreckless Eric's " Whole Wide World " which landed just out of the Top 50 Top 30 in Victoria and O'Doherty's tribute to Ms Faithful, "Marianne", which was released as the band supported Chris Issak on his tour of Australia. In AprilMental As Anything announced the first official change to their line-up since Brothers Peter O'Doherty and Reg Mombassa left to pursue their own musical projects, including their band Dog Trumpetand their art careers.
The Road Case album by this line-up appeared late in In the band started recording favourite covers that had inspired the band in its early days, including songs such as " Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town ", "Lonesome Train", "Hangin Five", with a view Garbage With Brian Aubert - The Chemicals (File) releasing an album under the title Songs the Lord Tortoise.
Although the album Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors completed in it has not been released. The next line-up change occurred in September when Twohill was sacked from the band by Plaza and Smith.
At the hearing, he Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors he had "no inkling" that his bandmates were dissatisfied with his performances and his attitude,  whereas Bounty Killer - It’s OK advised that the band had been discussing Twohill's future for some time and had issued the drummer with a warning after alleged unprofessional behaviour during a gig at Ettalong, north of Sydney, in December It was because I asked him to not smoke in the dressing room he took it out on us on stage … played like a chimpanzee on speed, it was terrible.
This was not an The Kinslayer - Nightwish - Over The Hills And Far Away claim; in evidence given earlier, the band's stage technician Darren Brain, said Twohill "played quite well".
Twohill was replaced by Robbie Souter, a veteran of Dynamic HepnoticsSlim Dusty band and other country and roots music combos. In May the band released the compilation album Essential as Anythingcelebrating thirty years since the release of their first EP and national tour of their debut album. Additionally Mental As Anything re-issued all ten of the band's albums as digital downloads. An extensive pictorial biography of Mombassa, titled the "Mind Of Times of Reg Mombassa" appeared in November, and by virtue of the subject served as a de facto biography of Mental As Anything up to Mombassa's departure in In mid children's entertainers, The WigglesMental As Anything - Berserk Warriors All La Glory - The Band - The Capitol Albums 1968-1977 "Let's Eat" album with the lead track being a collaboration with Smith, Plaza, Mombassa and O'Doherty on a re-recording of "Let's Cook".
The band continued to tour regularly, playing smaller venues throughout Australia's cities and regional centres. In both Barraclough and Souter departed the band due to ill health; and were replaced by Zoltan Budai and Jacob Cook, respectively.
Martin Plaza has been battling kidney cancer since and has had extended periods off the road, with Caen, Craig Gordon and Tony Adams variously deputising. Plaza played with the Mentals throughoutand for a few dates in Octoberbut his health forced him to thereafter permanently retire from the group's touring schedule. Smith was by this point the only original member of Mental As Anything to still be playing with the group.
The concert was released as the live CD At Play in early Andrew "Greedy" Smith died of a heart attack on 2 Decemberin Sydney. These awards were established by Australasian Performing Right Association APRA in to honour Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors achievements of songwriters and music composers, and to recognise their songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance, by its members annually.
Countdown was an Australian pop music TV series on national broadcaster ABC-TV from toit presented music awards from toinitially in conjunction with magazine TV Week but then Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Farscape episode, see Mental as Anything Farscape episode.
Current members Martin Plaza — lead vocals, guitar —present; non-touring since Jacob Cook — drums —present Martin Cilia — guitar, vocals —present Craig Gordon — guitar, vocals —present Peter Gray — bass, vocals —present Past members Steve Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors — bass — Wayne de Lisle David Twohill — drums — Reg Mombassa Chris O'Doherty — guitar, vocals — Greedy Smith Andrew Smith — lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica —; his death Peter Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors — bass, vocals — David Barraclough — bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards —; died Murray Cook — guitar — Mike Caen — guitar, vocals — Robbie Souter — drums —; died Zoltan Budai — bass — James Gillard — bass — Touring musicians Mike Gubb — keyboards Mental As Anything - Berserk Warriors Music portal Australia portal.
It also included documentary footage, animation and interviews. The DVD included 33 live songs, an interview with the band and the video clip for "Stretchmarks".
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