Throughout the eighties, Mondo Rock consistently poured out hit after hit and amassed a catalogue of perfect pop and rock tunes, among them some that became Australian pop music anthems. ‘Come Said the Boy’ is one of those beloved songs that has stood the test of time over the past 30 odd years and is still a favourite ‘live’ track among music fans of all ages.
And other songs like ‘Summer of ‘81’, ‘Chemistry’, ‘State of the Heart’ and ‘Cool World’ have remained a part of our pop culture for the past four decades. These classics and many more make up Mondo Rock – The Complete Anthology, a retrospective look at the music of Mondo Rock since their beginnings in the early eighties. The Complete Anthology is a two CD set featuring no less than 30 tracks, stretching from the band’s debut single, ‘The Fugitive Kind’ released in 1978 through to ‘Soul Reason’, an uncharted single, released in 1991. The album not only includes all the band’s hits but some classic album tracks and some rarities.
Mondo Rock produced an extensive and impressive catalogue of music in the time they were together, and The Complete Anthology is an excellent reminder of the extraordinary mark their body of work has left on the Australian public.
Mondo Rock – The Complete Anthology is out now through Bloodlines, part of the Mushroom Group.
Review by Sharyn Hamey