Mental as Anything
Mental as Anythingis a New Wave Rock music band from Australia which was formed in Sydney, Australia. The band was formed when Martin Murphy (vocalist and guitar player and also known as Martin Plaza) met a fellow student, Chris O’Doherty (lead guitar player and vocalist and also known as Reg Mombassa) at the East Sydney Technical College. The College is considered to be the city’s leading art school. Murphy brought his friend, Steve Coburn , to their jamming sessions. Peter O’Doherty played Bass guitar and was a vocalist. Another student named David Twohill (also known as Wayne “Bird” De Lisle), was recruited to play the drums. The group was first called, Mental As Anything in 1976. In the latter part of 1976, Andrew “Greedy” Smith (vocalist, keyboard and harmonica player) began to make guest appearances with the group and he played the harmonica. He was still playing with another band but before the year was out he had joined Mental As Anything full time.
Coburn left the band after Andrew joined it, in 1977, and this was when Peter O’Doherty joined the band. The groups first performance together was at the Cell Block Theatre in Sydney, Australia, in August, 1977. They performed some of Elvis Presley’s covers and two of their original songs. The death of Elvis on the same day so they made their performance a sort of tribute to him. The band played regularly at the Unicorn Hotel in Paddington, on Mondays, and at the Civic Hotel, in the CBD on Thursdays. The band was discovered by two film makers, Cameron Allen and Martin Fabinyi. The two founded their own record label called, Regular Records, so they could record and release the bands music. The Band hired Jeremy Fabinyi (Martin’s brother), as their manager. The group’s first release was a three track EP called, Mental As Anything Play At Your Party, in December, 1978. This EP is now very sought after as a collectible. The group lost momentum so in 1990 they agreed to split up and pursue separate projects. The group did not really split up because they were still doing short tours and gigs while they were also recording solo records. The group went back to the studio together in 1994 to record an album of their material that they produced themselves. The lead track called, Mr Natural, received some heavy exposure and it was released and reached the Top 30 on the charts. Their album released in 1995, was called, Liar Liar Pants On Fire, reached the Top 30 also.
The band changed lineup members again in 2004 and in 2007 the group was still touring and recording. The band has released a total of 18 studio albums, 24 charted singles, 2 music videos, and have received many awards during their musical career.
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