Published on Mar 23, 2011
In 1981, Mental As Anything released "Cats And Dogs", their third album in Australia and New Zealand. And very good it is too!
It was released a year later around the world to include their 1982 Australian / New Zealand single "I Didn't Mean To Be Mean" (produced by Elvis Costello). The album artwork was changed to match the cover of the 1982 single, the album title was changed to "If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?" and every track was remixed by "Cats And Dogs" producers Bruce Brown and Russell Dunlop.
As far as I'm aware, these remixes weren't available in Australia or NZ and have never been released on any digital format, whether it be CD, iTunes or whatever.
I bought this UK 14 track pressing back in 2004 after reading about the remixes somewhere on the internet, the vinyl went straight into storage at the time until I decided to finally dig it out and play it a few days ago and found that "I Didn't Mean To Be Mean" was a completely different vocal take, so I cleaned it up for anyone else that might be interested.
The majority of the tracks are the same lengths as the original mixes, even down to the fade outs. "Chemical Travel", "I Didn't Mean To Be Mean" and "Catalinas Reward" (typo on the sleeve and label) feature an alternate ending or longer fade out, "Catalinas Reward" also features an alternate vocal on the 2nd line of the 1st verse, plus loads of more subtle differences running through each track.
(This is the U.K. version. The U.S. release was cut down to 12 tracks, two of them being from the Get Wet album, "The Nips Are Getting Bigger" and "Egypt".)
Side 1 (Tracks 1 - 4)
If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? 0:03
Let's Cook 3:18
Too Many Times 5:51
Got Hit 8:38
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