SHOW-OFF: Mental as Anything frontman, Greedy Smith sits down for a Coffee Chat.
SHOW-OFF: Mental as Anything frontman, Greedy Smith sits down for a Coffee Chat. Contributed

PODCAST: Iconic Aussie musician is 'the worst show-off'

'Whoa ohh, the chats are getting bigger'.

It's time to 'Live it up' with a great Coffee Chat with Mental as Anything front man, Greedy Smith. He takes us on a trip down Australian music royalty lane. From humble beginnings to the whirlwind of international success, Greedy shares some great stories from his remarkable career, including what is discussed over catch ups with INXS and Colin Hay and the crazy things he used to do on stage. He even confirms the true story of why he is called 'Greedy'.

LISTEN: Get the full conversation with Greedy Smith here:

Matt Collins:

What sort of thoughts do you have about the young artists coming up these days?

 

Greedy Smith:

I think everything has changed so much. There is so much more music being made. There is not much live music being listened to, but there is more music being made. It would be great if the young bands could get the exposure that we had. In the late 70s we had no competition because everyone wanted to see bands. There was nothing much else to do, we didn't have cable TV.

 

MC:

The nips are getting bigger was a world-wide hit. But what does that song actually mean?

 

GS:

Actually, it wasn't a hit all around the world. It was originally printed as a little EP. It wasn't till the following year that it started to take off. Martin (Plaza) wrote that song. He claims it came to him while he was driving his VW Beetle over the Harbour Bridge. He was working at KFC at the time. It's about a girl not being there. He ran out of beer and all he had there was Jamaican rum.

 

MC:

You had a big part of Hey Hey It's Saturday back in the day. How did you get involved in that?

 

GS:

We used to go on Hey Hey when it was still a morning show. It was a good opportunity for bands to go an and play their songs. I remember one of the times, we would often be on tour and we would have a big night because we would play late. We had to be there at 6am and I remember one morning, we couldn't get our drummer up. So we ended up up taking the Sunnyboys bass player and he mimed the drums for us.

 

MC:

Greedy, you are still playing, still loving. Do you still have big goals?

 

GS:

Yeah, pretty much. We are writing songs and producing them. Even though Martin is not there, the band is till sounding pretty hot. We are looking to play in Europe next year. So we'll go over there and play with our pommy mates.

 

MC:

When you write a song like Live it up, do you finish that and go, 'this is going to be a hit'?

 

GS:

Nah, I never had that feeling. You know when I felt that was going to be a hit? When we finished mixing it. It took about half an hour to write in my head. But then two years to get it right. We had no idea of how big it would be.

 

MC:

After that success, do you feel like you have to back that up?

 

GS:

No, it's not about duplicating the song, you have to duplicate all the conditions around it. Which is an art in itself. It's not really that possible. It's a bit like cricket. You can't understand how a team can win or lose, but it's just the vibe of it as Michael Caton would say.

 

MC:

Isn't it true, sometimes with those sports people, the harder they try, the deeper in the rut they get.

 

GS:

Yeah, that's it. I think the main thing in all the ups and downs that we've had is that you really enjoy it. That's the best reason to do it. Or if you are a big show-off.

 

MC:

Are you a show off Greedy Smith?

 

GS:

I must be. I must be one of the worst show-offs.

 

MC:

I've seen you perform mate, it's a compliment when I say you are one of the ultimate show-offs.

 

GS:

Haha, thanks Matt.

 

MC:

Do you have good relationships with other bands?

 

GS:

That's if you see them. I catch up Colin Hay quite a bit.

LISTEN: Get the full conversation with Greedy Smith here:

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