In Memory of Andrew 'Greedy' Smith
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Early this morning we heard the very sad news about the passing of our dear friend and bandmate Andrew Smith, AKA Greedy. I first met Greedy when he was at the National Art School (East Sydney Tech in those days) along with a bunch of ratbags who would later become Mental As Anything. It was pretty loose in those days and the band didn't have a name for the first year or so. Greedy made an impression with his cowboy shirts and harmonica belt and earned his name by eating too much fried chicken one afternoon. Eventually he matured and bought a Farfisa organ which can be heard on our first single Nips Are Getting Bigger. Greedy had indomitable energy and never had a bad word to say about anybody. I remember him many a time during gigs saying ridiculous things to the audience and then ripping into a song singing and playing his harmonica with a cigarette in each hand and another lit on the ashtray sitting on the keyboard. He brought a love for country and rockabilly to the eclectic sound of the Mentals . It's such a shock to lose him too soon when he was still incredibly active and touring and releasing records. For 22 years Greedy, Martin, Reg, Bird and myself toured and made music together, a second family. He'll be sadly missed. Our love and thoughts go out to his partner Fiona, son Harvey, brother Stuart, family and friends. Below Mental early days - late 70's early 80's.