Started Out Just Drinking Beer: the Mental As Anything Story

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The riotous rollercoaster ride of Mental as Anything, one of Australia’s greatest bands from 1976-2019. The Mentals went from the top of a pool table to the top of the charts. Enjoy the untold stories behind Aussie classics like: Live It Up, Too Many Times, If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?, Berserk Warriors, Egypt, The Nips are Getting Bigger, and a whole lot more. Plus tales from the road as told by Greedy, Martin, Bird, Pete & Reg — and a star-studded cast including Colin Hay, Richard Gottehrer, Mark Opitz, Jeremy Fabinyi and Wreckless Eric — in this access-all-areas official biography.

 ‘Love it!!! Brought up lots of memories. Thoroughly enjoyable.’ – Kirk Pengilly, INXS.

‘This book gives us a big gulp of one of Australia’s most uniquely talented and popular bands.’ – Anthony (Tony) Field, The Cockroaches, The Wiggles.

‘Stuart Lloyd captures the alchemy that saw Australian bands flourish from the arid plains of our suburban lives. I loved the Mentals and I love this book.’ – Dave Warner, author, Countdown: The Wonder Years, and 25 Years of Mushroom Records.

‘Takes us behind the showbiz curtain. A deep-dive beyond the colourful personalities and the larrikin-esque cheerfulness of a uniquely Australian band who have been the soundtrack of our lives for decades. Had me glued to each page.’ – Jane Gazzo, music journalist and broadcaster.

‘An extraordinary and horrific portrait of five butchers who were country-killed specialists, shot through with black humour and near-naked burlesque attire.’ – H. G. Nelson, comedian and broadcaster.


“Anyone who grew up in the 1980s knows the lyrics to most of the classic Mental as Anything songs – and age aside, anyone who loves Australian music should. This isn’t the usual rock ‘n’ roll expose – the band members had a moral compass – but instead it is a tremendous record of one of Australia’s most enduring and innovative bands.” CHERYL AKLE, The Australian

“Lloyd’s book is a captivating read, from the band’s debut, playing on top of an old pool table at a Sydney pub, to their evolution into a rock’n’roll touring beast that racked up a mind-boggling 6450 shows.” PAULIE STEWART, The Saturday Paper (paywalled)

“Lloyd gets across a sense of how hard the Mentals worked on the verdant pub rock scene of the ’70s and ’80s…This book is a page-turning good time, befitting of its party-starting subjects.” MICHAEL BAILEY, Australian Financial Review