Singer, musician, songwriter and founding member of Mental As Anything Andrew ‘Greedy’ Smith has died suddenly at the mere age of 63.
The saddening news has been confirmed in an official statement:
“It is with an incredibly heavy heart to announce that one of the founding members of Mental As Anything, Andrew Greedy Smith passed away last night from a heart attack.
Greedy, the only remaining member of the group, was currently on a national tour.
Our grief and confusion at this time are little compared to what Andrew’s family will be feeling – our hearts and prayers go out to them.
Andrew is survived by his son Harvey, fiancée Fiona Docker and brother Stuart.
Funeral details to be confirmed”.
The Mentals – you know you’re an Aussie icon when your name’s abbreviated – formed at art school in Sydney back in 1976. Signed in 1978, their debut release, Mental As Anything Plays at Your Party, contained a track that would propel them into the homes of Countdown kids everywhere in The Nips Are Getting Bigger. While it was a drinking song – obvious by the lyrics – some dimmer types thought it racially questionable. Any publicity, and all that…
With massive touring commitments and a steady stream of hyper-catchy good time pop hits, Smith and his bandmates soon entered the hearts of live punters and record buyers across the country, with such tunes as If You Leave Me Can I Come Too? and the Smith-penned Too Many Times.
It was in 1986 that the band hit the international stage, with a little help from Crocodile Dundee. Smith’s boppy Live It Up featured on the soundtrack, and upon release overseas smashed into the top 20 in several countries, and even reached number three in the UK.
As much a popular personality as a treasured member of one of the great Aussie bands, this man will be missed. Vale Andrew ‘Greedy’ Smith.