Live it Up (1985) – Mental as Anything

I was with my Mom in Western Sydney when I was about 13 and we had to go the vet and while we visited I saw Greedy Smith, the lead singer of today’s track Live it Up. I believe it was the first time I saw someone famous in person. I was chuffed to put it mildly. Anyhows…It’s weird, but I like Live it Up more now than when when I first heard it.

Live It Up is a great Australian hit song. When I look back it seems more of a 60’s milkbar song than a song from the mid 80’s, but it hits all the right buttons for me. As is often the case the verses supersede the chorus, and you just wish for more verse time and less chorus; at least that is my appreciation of the song.

[Verse 1]
How can you see looking through those tears?
Don’t you know you’re worth your weight in gold?
I can’t believe that you’re alone in here
Let me warm your hands against the cold

[Verse 2]
A close encounter with a hard-hearted man
Who never gave half of what he got
Has made you wish that you’d never been born
That’s a shame ’cause you got the lot

[Chorus]
Hey there, you, with the sad face
Come up to my place and live it up
You, beside the dance floor
What do you cry for? Let’s live it up

Live it Up was released in 1985 in Australia and then Europe and America. Later it appeared in the movie Crocodile Dundee. I love the production of this song below in the milk bar setting. It’s really crafty and lends so much to the song. It even features the famous Australian ‘meat pie‘ which like ‘vegemite‘ I have been craving for over 14 years.

Greedy Smith said of the song:

“You know when I felt that was going to be a hit? When we finished mixing it. It took about half an hour to write in my head. But then two years to get it right. We had no idea of how big it would be.”

Live It Up appears on the band’s 1985 album, Fundamental. It was released in Australia as the album’s second single in May 1985. It spent 12 weeks in the Top 10, becoming the fourth biggest-selling single of 1985 in Australia. It reached top 20 in many countries. Greedy also recalled when Live It Up went to number three in the UK… ‘that was a special moment. It had been a hit in Australia but nobody was interested over there and in Europe. Then, when Crocodile Dundee came out, our record company over there said ‘Let’s put the poster on the single pack. After that, it was a huge hit‘.

References:
1. Live It Up (Mental As Anything song) – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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