Scene News: Celebrate 40th Anniversary of The Nips are Getting Bigger with Mental As Anything this Sunday at MEMO Music Hall St Kilda

Mental As Anything_Hillsdale Studio 1st Oct 2018

Yes folks it’s been forty years since Festival Records released a remix of ‘The Nips Are Getting Bigger’ and the rest is history.  We at MEMO are celebrating by giving punters 20% off your nips of whatever takes your fancy this Sunday from 3-4pm! 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. The band formed in Sydney in 1976, initially playing to students at parties, pubs and uni dances, when they caught the attention of new independent Regular Records. The band sold out 1300 copies in a fortnight in late 1978 of the three track vinyl Mental As Anything Plays At Your Party with one track The Nips Are Getting Bigger. 

This Sunday MENTAL AS ANYTHING’s entertaining and timeless music will have you enjoying all of their hits including The Nips are Getting Bigger,  Too Many Times, Mr Natural & Live it Up, to name a few. 

A fresh five- track EP release titled “Mental as Anything – 5 Track EP” and a prime slot on the national Apia Good Times Tour sees Mentals rocketing into the future. The EP sees Greedy and Martin trading songs in their time-honoured tradition. Martin is currently off the road but Greedy and he are still creating new songs with that Mental Flavour. 

As members of the coveted Aria Hall of Fame, they started out as a group of art students who passed themselves off as a band in order to con the local publican into giving them a gig, in exchange for free beer. The deception worked better than intended, and the group came to be known as Mental as Anything. 

More than three decades later, their music is still highly listenable and recognisable with their identifiable brand of garage pop. 

A selfexplanatory single to reflect their success, The Nips Are Getting Bigger, rose through the charts both nationally and internationally as did their fundamental understanding of the old adage that ‘for every action there is a reaction’. 

The talented members of the band culminate in a sound unequalled or paralleled by any other band. 

Martin and I have spent our lives competing with songs. It’s not stopping. He does his things his way and I do mine – the way it’s always been. Martin is off the road but the competition continues.” – Greedy 

The Iconic Band is in high demand performing to fans old and new Nationally and Internationally with their unmistakable unique sound. A MUST SEE! 

The current Mental As Anything line-up includes:
Greedy Smith: Lead Vocals, Keyboard and Harmonica
Jacob Cook: Drums / Vocals
Martin Cilia: Guitar
Peter Gray – Bass / Vocals
Craig Gordon – Guitar / Vocals 

Gig info: Doors Open: 3.00pm, Showtime from 4.00pm, Reserved Seats: $45.00 +bf, General Admin: $33.00 +bf, At the Door: $35.00 (if still available)


Venue: MEMO Music Hall , 88 Acland Street St Kilda