Fundamental (Mental As Anything album)

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Fundamental (As Anything)
Fundamental as Anything.jpg
Studio album by Mental As Anything
Released March 1985
Recorded Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney, Australia
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 39:24
Label Regular Records
Producer Richard Gottehrer
Mental As Anything chronology
Creatures of Leisure
(1983)
Fundamental
(1985)
Mouth to Mouth
(1987)
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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Fundamental or Fundamental As Anything is the fifth studio album released by Australian rock/pop group Mental As Anything.[2][3] The album, produced by Richard Gottehrer was released on Regular Records in March 1985,[2][3][4] which peaked at #3 on the Australian Kent Music Report albums charts.[5]

Singles[edit]

The first single from the album, "You're So Strong" (March 1985), which peaked at #11 in Australia[5] also charted in the Top 30 of the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[6] It was followed by their biggest Australian hit "Live it Up" (May 1985) which climbed to #2.[5] The album spawned two additional singles, "Date with Destiny" in September and "Big Wheel" in November.[2][5] "Live it Up" reached the Top 40 in European charts including the UK where it peaked at #3,[7] #4 in Norway,[8] and #6 in Germany,[9] after it featured in the 1986 Australian film "Crocodile" Dundee.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Fundamental (As Anything)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You're So Strong" Andrew "Greedy" Smith[10] 3:29
2. "Big Wheel" Martin Plaza[11] 4:46
3. "Live it Up" Smith[12] 4:14
4. "Surf & Mull & Sex & Fun" Peter O'Doherty[13] 3:39
5. "Good Friday" Plaza[14] 4:29
6. "Date with Destiny" Smith[15] 3:04
7. "Hold On" O'Doherty[16] 3:02
8. "Stones of the Heart" Reg Mombassa[17] 3:22
9. "I Just Wanna Be Happy (Drunk at a Party)" Mombassa[18] 3:28
10. "Splashing" Mombassa[19] 3:20
11. "Bus Ride" Plaza[20] 3:02

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Recording details[edit]

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

Art work[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

Year Chart Peak Position
1985 Kent Music Report 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Mental as Anything'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 13 August 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Nimmervoll, Ed. "Mental As Anything". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Johns, Shane; Warnqvist, Stefan. "Mental As Anything". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History - Mental As Anything - Singles". Billboard.com. Nielson Business Media Inc. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "UK Singles Chart runs". UK Charts Plus. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Mental As Anything discography". Norwegian charts portal. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Mental As Anything - Live It Up". Australian charts portal. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  10. ^ ""You're So Strong" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  11. ^ ""Big Wheel" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  12. ^ ""Live it Up" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  13. ^ ""Surf and Mull" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  14. ^ ""Good Friday" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  15. ^ ""Date with Destiny" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  16. ^ "APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  17. ^ ""Stones of the Heart" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  18. ^ ""Drunk at a Party" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  19. ^ ""Splashing" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  20. ^ ""Bus Ride" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2009.