For the past two years the band has built a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of pub-rock in Sydney.

Now with the release of its debut album, Get Wet, Mental As Anything’s fame is spreading far wider than the pub scene.

Mental As Anything -- From left to right: Peter O'Doherty, Andy Smith, Reg Mombassa, Wayne De Lisle, Martin Plaza. July 13, 1979.

Mental As Anything — From left to right: Peter O’Doherty, Andy Smith, Reg Mombassa, Wayne De Lisle, Martin Plaza. July 13, 1979.Credit:Festival Records

The single, The Nips Are Getting Bigger, is climbing the national charts and looks likely to register in the top 10.

If you haven’t heard it it’s not about children growing up, but about Martin Plaza’s drinking exploits.

Another Plaza tune on the album, Spanish Gardener, has a much different theme: the tradesman of the title has a fascination for his seductive employer.

Reg Mombassa wrote Business and Pleasure, a sly comment on the showbusiness set, and he also contributed the haunting Egypt.

Plaza also composed the second single off the album with the intriguing title Possible Theme for a Future TV drama series.

Greedy Smith put down his chicken leg long enough to lyricise his obsession with jealousy on Another Man ‘s (Sitting In My Kitchen) and to lament his romantic plight on Insurance Man.

Mental As Anything looks set to take its infectious, danceable music to an even wider audience.

The band has signed a six-album deal with England’s Virgin Records, and will release its first single in that country on January 4.

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