This morning, the Australian music industry woke to the tragic news that Greedy Smith, lead singer of Mental As Anything, had died of a heart attack, aged 63.
Smith suffered cardiac arrest whilst in his car yesterday, in the middle of moving homes. He had been on the road the past two weeks for a tour with his band.
Greedy Smith and Mental As Anything have been one of Australia’s most innovative, cutting edge bands, performing music of a quirky nature with lyrics that were just as strange.
Mental As Anything’s hit list includes the singles Working For The Man, The Nips Are Getting Bigger, Spirit Got Lost, If You Leave Me Can I Come To? and Live It Up.
Mental As Anything have notched 13 studio albums, six EPs, five compilation LPs, and stacks of APRA and ARIA awards.
Tributes continue to flow in, including tweets from ex-Mental members, Reg Mombassa and Pete O’Doherty, Ross Wilson of Mondo Rock, and a host of other Australian industry colleagues.
Always in bright spirits when performing on stage, Smith was regarded one of the nicest guys in the Australian music business, rarely letting ego get in the way of a good time, on stage and off.
Greedy Smith is survived by his son Harvey, fiancée Fiona Docker, and brother Stuart.