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Fundamental (As Anything)
Studio album by Mental As Anything
Released March 1985
Recorded Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney, Australia
Genre Pop
Length 39:24
Label Regular Records
Producer Richard Gottehrer
Professional reviews
Mental As Anything chronology
Creatures of Leisure
(1983)
Fundamental
(1985)
Greatest Hits Vol. 1
(1986)
Singles from Fundamental
  1. "You're So Strong"
    Released: March 1985
  2. "Live it Up"
    Released: 31 May 1985
  3. "Date with Destiny"
    Released: September 1985
  4. "Big Wheel"
    Released: November 1985

Fundamental or Fundamental As Anything is the fifth studio album released by Australian rock/pop group Mental As Anything.[1][2] The album, produced by Richard Gottehrer was released on Regular Records in March 1985,[1][2][3] which peaked at #3 on the Australian Kent Music Report albums charts.[4] First single from the album, "You're So Strong" (March 1985), which peaked at #11 in Australia[4] also charted in the top 30 of the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[5] It was followed by their biggest Australian hit "Live it Up" (May 1985) which climbed to #2.[4] The album spawned two additional singles, "Date with Destiny" in September and "Big Wheel" in November.[1][4] "Live it Up" reached the top 50 in European charts including peaking at #3 in UK,[6] #4 in Norway,[7] and #6 in Germany,[8] after it featured in the 1986 Australian film "Crocodile" Dundee.[1]

Contents

Background

Mental As Anything are an Australian New Waverock music band formed at an art school in Sydney in 1976.[1][2] Their most popular line-up was Martin Plaza (real name Martin Murphy) on vocals and guitar; Reg Mombassa (real name Chris O'Doherty) on lead guitar and vocals; his brother Peter "Yoga Dog" O'Doherty on bass guitar and vocals; Wayne "Bird" Delisle (real name David Twohill) on drums; and Andrew "Greedy" Smith on vocals, keyboards and harmonica.[1][2][3] Their hit songs were generated by Mombassa, O'Doherty, Plaza and Smith, either individually or collectively.[1] Their previous top ten Australian singles were, "If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?" and "Too Many Times" in 1981.[4] While their previous top ten albums were, Cats & Dogs in 1981, and Creatures of Leisure in 1983.[4]

Greedy Smith began to gain prominence with his songwriting success, he penned the first two singles from their Fundamental album produced by Richard Gottehrer and released in September 1985, which peaked at #3. "You're So Strong"[9] (March 1985), which peaked at #11 in Australia[4] and also charted in the top 30 of the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart;[5] it was followed by their biggest Australian hit "Live it Up" (May 1985) which climbed to #2.[4] The single also reached #3 in the UK in 1987, and was a hit in Europe, after being included in the soundtrack of the hugely successful Australian 1986 film "Crocodile" Dundee.[1]

Track listing

Fundamental (As Anything)
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You're So Strong"   Andrew "Greedy" Smith[9] 3:29
2. "Big Wheel"   Martin Plaza[10] 4:46
3. "Live it Up"   Andrew "Greedy" Smith[11] 4:14
4. "Surf & Mull & Sex & Fun"   Peter O'Doherty[12] 3:39
5. "Good Friday"   Martin Plaza[13] 4:29
6. "Date with Destiny"   Andrew "Greedy" Smith[14] 3:04
7. "Hold On"   Peter O'Doherty[15] 3:02
8. "Stones of the Heart"   Reg Mombassa[16] 3:22
9. "I Just Wanna Be Happy (Drunk at a Party)"   Reg Mombassa[17] 3:28
10. "Splashing"   Reg Mombassa[18] 3:20
11. "Bus Ride"   Martin Plaza[19] 3:02

Personnel

Mental As Anything

Additional musicians

Recording details

  • Producer — Richard Gottehrer
  • Engineer, mixing — Thom Panunzio
  • Assistant — Allan Wright

Art work

  • Art direction — Jana Hartig, Ken Smith, Sue Woollard
  • Design — Martin Plaza, Greedy Smith (and cover design)
  • Photography — Paula Clarke (cover photo), Paul Clarke, Hugh Hamilton, Frank Lindner (and sleeve photo), Francine McDougall

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia March 1985 Regular Records LP RRLP1212
12 May 1986 Festival CD D20208
1986 Epic CD CDEPC 26836
10 September 1989 Festival CD D20208
United States 1986 Columbia LP BFC 40299
Netherlands 1987 Epic LP, Cassette EPC 450641

Chart positions

Year Chart Peak Position
1985 Kent Music Report 3

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Mental as Anything'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1865080721. http://web.archive.org/web/20040813100933/www.whammo.com.au/encyclopedia.asp?articleid=483. Retrieved 17 July 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d Nimmervoll, Ed. "Mental As Anything". Howlspace. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. http://www.howlspace.com.au/en2/mentalasanything/mentalasanything.htm. Retrieved 17 July 2009.  
  3. ^ a b "Mental As Anything". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. http://hem.passagen.se/honga/database/m/mentalasanything.html. Retrieved 18 July 2009.  
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0646119176.   NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  5. ^ a b "Artist Chart History - Mental As Anything - Singles". Billboard.com. Nielson Business Media Inc.. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.chartFormatGroupName=Singles&model.vnuArtistId=16457&model.vnuAlbumId=1263711. Retrieved 17 July 2009.  
  6. ^ "UK Singles Chart runs". UK Charts Plus. http://www.polyhex.com/music/chartruns/chartruns.php. Retrieved 18 July 2009.  
  7. ^ "Mental As Anything discography". Norwegian charts portal. http://norwegiancharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Mental+As+Anything. Retrieved 18 July 2009.  
  8. ^ "Mental As Anything - Live It Up". Australian charts portal. http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Mental+As+Anything&titel=Live+It+Up&cat=s. Retrieved 18 July 2009.  
  9. ^ a b ""You're So Strong" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Youre%20So%20Strong. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  10. ^ ""Big Wheel" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Big%20Wheel. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  11. ^ ""Live it Up" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Live%20it%20Up. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  12. ^ ""Surf and Mull" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Surf%20and%20Mull. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  13. ^ ""Good Friday" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Good%20Friday. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  14. ^ ""Date with Destiny" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Date%20with%20Destiny. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  15. ^ "APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra.com.au/cms/worksearch/worksearch.srvlt?action=workSearch. Retrieved 16 July 2009.  
  16. ^ ""Stones of the Heart" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Stones%20of%20the%20Heart. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  17. ^ ""Drunk at a Party" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Drunk%20at%20a%20Party. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  18. ^ ""Splashing" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Splashing. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  19. ^ ""Bus Ride" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/worksearch.axd?q=Bus%20Ride. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
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