The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 17 August - 31 August 1997
It's a very weird Sunday-weather wise. Wake up with the Sun shining thru the
Gryphons lair...and then it goes VERY dark.....a solar eclipse? Nah it's just
Melbourne....4 seasons in one day...as someone once wrote!
Virgin Marys is pounding away and The Elephant is FULL...so we grab the only
available table outside. Rosemaree is already there, Spock turns up and we
squash around the table. Eagerly gulp that morning cappa'- I'm drinking a
very weak coffee these days-get too wired and goddess knows what I'll
to keep you all coming back-don't I? Rebekah and her man...Steve-yes he's a
singer....turn up late. Comments of early morning shags etc greet them, the
early morning Elephant crew are full of Sunday charm (cheshire smile). One of
Stella Constellations friends inside keep begging them to go inside, but
they are saved when the table next to us becomes free. The coffee kicks in,
starts with "one of the woman at work" (which IS her favourite line)....we watch
as an ambulance arrives at Three Faces.....another victim of "E" is carried out
there must be some bad ecstasy around as only a minute later another ambulance
pulls up outside VM's. Maybe Candy ate someone whole! A friend comes by
munching on a chocolate lamington from Alexanders cake shop. It has some
I prefer the rum bar, Mark the homemade cheesecake and if memory serves me
right that Neil Finn found enjoyment in their chocolate lamingtons!
Get home just in time,as our good friend Fran arrives with MG's birthday
present....it's the "I dream of Madonna" book which is starting to become
rare. We love books....in fact we now have too many. The apartment is full.
Play Paul Kellys Gossip album, saw him the other day, he'd just gotten
back from a quick tour of New Zealand. he dedicated "Randwick Bells" to
Sharon who were at his Auckland Gig.
Melissa spends the afternoon with us and we head out for Pasta on Chapel Street.
The P.O. Box 333 is always full of mail on Mondays. Today is no exception,
that snail mail sure comes in....we love it. The good news is that Mushroom
have added both the SplitEnz and the Skyhooks links to their own site, and
so they should, they are such a HUGE part of Mushroom. Thanks to everyone
I'm in a good mood today (as always..well!!!) my Sister is in town and she
has her boyfriend with her. So guess who's cooking. Melissa will drop in as
so Sis isn't surrounded by the opposite sex. Work till the afternoon and
then start on a serious dinner. Chicken tandoori pieces with heaps of
a homemade Carbonnara...loads of bread, ginger chutney and 3 deserts to
pick from. This is what happens from flying Business class, you always give
multiple choices at Dinner parties.....plus loads of Wolfblas wine. What a
combination we'll all have very strange dreams tonight.
Went well.My Sister. Hmm what can I tell you. Her name's Jennifer (Jennifer Anne
very regal....kind of like Peter Mark)....she's close to a decade younger
then myself and she is the only Sis I have....no brother but Mark fills
that area as
I've known him since he was five. Her boyfriend is a pretty nice guy and
that's a relief, not having Dad around anymore you get that "protective
brother" syndrome...."hurt my sister and you die" sort of attitude. So it's
good that her
partner is OK.........what else- we travel well together, when we fight
it's no holds barred and we go for the jugular... It's great having a
Sister, still not sure about her taste in music. (*no comment*).
Today I sent Management a fax saying "We are all has-beens". Recurring
Dream has finally left the Australian Top 50 after 57 weeks. Its now at
#61. Even the
Screaming Jets have dropped back a bit with their "World gone crazy" CD. It's
a good album and it has suprised many of my non-Jet friends. They do a good
version of "Eve of Destruction" which looks set to be the next single.
To balance out the day we get a fax from the UK telling us that Recurring Dream
is a bullet performer in the UK charts and has jumped back into the UK top
75 (at #53). That balances it out...I guess.
Hmm still no news on Nick, he must be in LA as no one is answering at the house.
here that some gallery show happened in Sydney with some of Nicks work-
from what I hear there was a small turnout...wish we'd been told about it.
Just found out that none of the original Lost in Space cast get residuals
despite the series being in permanent re-run land. What a bummer....I
wonder who collects Mr Ed's residuals?
Happy Birthday Rosemaree .......how old?
Watch "Home for the Holidays" with Holly Hunter ...and LOVED it. Did someone
hide a camera at one of the Green's Xmas's.........spooky. It's been a cold
Melbourne Winter...just paid our Gas bill.....nearly double.
Beat magazine has just ran a small piece on the Skyhooks website (located at
http://www.aswas.com/skyhooks/ ) Christie Elizer ran the piece. He was the
editor of Juke magazine......it started in the Seventies and would have
heaps of major articles on Skyhooks, SplitEnz etc. The Enz always scored a
even in the "haircut/Phil Judd" days. So Christie ran Juke and there was
never a photo of Christie in the magazine...so we assumed Christie was a
GIRL. On one of our many pilgrimage's to Melbourne, Mark dropped into the
JUKE office for a few backcopies.......and he met Christie. Imagine our
suprise to find out that Christie was not only a man but a cute short
aboriginal man. So funny,when I saw Christie at the Crowdies Corner Hotel
Gig all I could think of was that story.
Jj stays over tonight and lives on our couch-it's been adored by many in the
past- Leanne from Perth, Spy Di, Nurse Sal from Plymouth, and many more.
The new BCO album Gizmo Mantra is out mid-October. Looks like I'll be in
Sydney for a few of the BCO gigs early October. They are playing a Best
Of...set so Aussie fans should check them out. OK the Enz trannis with Noel
Crombie for the
Rock Swap cards. There will also be Crowded House and Skyhook cards with Bio etc
info on the back.
Pissed off at Paul because he made a date to call and never did. I hate
wasting my time......give him the benefit of the doubt a little gryphon
voice inside says....OK. Hmm Video Clip of the week is Ben harpers "Faded".
The album is a bit weak. get an email from Cindy Lee from Canada and
describes me as The Mother Theresa of Crowded House fans... love it. Thanks
Hmm LIVE clip of the week is by PJ Harvey- "Prairie land" from the White
Room sessions. Really brilliant. Compared to BOF (Boring Ol' fart) Paul
god the English can really be off base with some of their musical heroes. Paul
Weller just piss off.
Answer Crowdies mail for a good 4 hours today-so strange that the band gets
more mail now that it has "left the building". But it feels good when it's
finally done. Just remember guys to include a stamp or IRC each time your
If you can- cast a vote for Recurring Dream in Rolling Stone magazines
Readers Top Ten. It's in every issue. You can voted at this site.
http://rstone.com.au/ cmon it will only take a minute......you're on line
go for it....................they'll probably freak at how many emails come in .
Heard Phil Judds "Counting the beat" as backing music for a KMART advert.
The advert sucks but the music is just so great- holds up well. Should be
re-released. Bet Phil got a shit load of money for it, good on him.
Skyhooks Bassist Greg Macainsh drops in...with a Birthday present....even though
it's not my birthday....wow it's Howard Sterns "Miss America"-this will be an
interesting read...will surely shape the famous for 16 Minutes Year One Book!
No I won't be in drag on the front cover, like Howard, though my legs look
pretty tempting these days! The bookmark is pretty unique, an original
Rolling Stones concert Ticket from their show at Kooyong in the seventies.
feel very spoilt (again). Melissa calls by and we go and see the Austen
Powers Movie for the second time at the Chapel Street Cinemas. This is so
strange, the Australian print of the movie has extra footage to the USA
release. Wonder why? The crowd
love it. Work to the wee hours of the morning scanning a batch of photos
that Tim sent me for possible internet use........all scanned out.
Weve sold out of the Crowded House Book, more copies arrive later this week,
I think Chris is expecting it to go top 10 in NZ soon. The club will have
it available for quite a bit longer. It makes a great Xmas present...Xmas
is really only around the corner, Safeway are already selling Xmas
get some advance ARIA nominations- Crowdies are doing Ok- nominated for
best Aussie Group, Biggest selling album and Best Video clip (Instinct).
I'm sure they've won biggest selling album. Great that they are nominated
with so many
indie bands. very proud.
It's Erikas Birthday....wish i was in LA to attend the party...of course
it's at the Viper Room....knowing Erika it would be a wild one.
Remember what it's like when the music scene is getting a bit staid, and then
you check out a new band and suddenly you realise exactly why you love music.
Well tonight i went along to the Punters Club with Jj, had a few beers and
checked out EFFIGY.....it was a great crowd- fairly young, almost a first
year UNI crowd.....quite a few Goths which was nice to see. We missed IN
VIVO but caught the last few songs of The mercy bell, they use to be called
Eat The Menu.
Their lead singer Becca is really fresh and they sound a bit like The Clouds.
The Effigy were next,setting up their own gear, they've toned down their own
appearance- less makeup. They have this great dregged out Bassist, she's
really a bit of a gender bender (like the lead singer). later on we hope to
the famous for 16 minutes Interview page- and The Effigy are deffinately
one band that I hope to interview. Really interesting, bizarre vocals- kind
of like Suede meets Placebo. Check 'em out.
Have a few beers with Jj, and then go to Joes for Coffee. A Queen and her boy-
friend were next to us, they had this cute dog....the coffee got me wired and
I didn't sleep.
Talk to Deb about running a Largest Living Things site via Frenz Com. Won't
be up for a few weeks but the address will probably be
http://www.frenzcom/LLT/. Paul is really into it, and we'll probably have 1 or 2 of the new songs on
the site. Get a postcard from Annie in the States-radio WDBZ105.1 ("The Buzz") are
still playing a lot of CH and the Enz.So people living in NY,NJ and CT area
should check them out or call up and request more CH/Enz. 1-800-4649105.
Maz from BCO calls and we talk about songs on the upcoming BCo tour and
they will deff. be playing a Best Of set. Should be a fun gig.
Foxtell are playing two songs per night from Countdown (70s,80s music show).
Tonight one of the two clips was the Enz doing Dirty Creature. Had all
these strange makeup effects in parts of the song. I remember being at
Countdown for the filming of that one, we almost choked on the amount of
dry ice pumped into the studio.
Dougald is back in the country from his stint with Supertramp....sounds
like its been a bit of a boring tour. guess it pays the rent.Nice to hear
from him, he's
a true gentleman the ol' Doug's.
Paul drops in, signs the famous for 16 minutes tshirt which is going to go
in the Frenz.com auction at a later date (a gold record and other goodies as
We are getting all the "parts" together for the Largest Living Things EP....
at this stage it will only be available via club mailorder...and probably at
gigs. In about 3 weeks time. If any readers work for radio stations overseas
get in contact with us as we want to hear from stations that are interested in
playing some tracks.....
Just noticed the Skyhooks site is up to 600 hits, all from word of mouth, also
checked out this Diary sites counter and its 16,000- my god thats amazing.
Totally blown away. better get some real scandels happening to keep
Australian fans should note that they can win a chance to go along to the
ARIA awards (in Sydney). Channel "V" have this phone in contest where you
vote for your favourite band, leave your name and address and you are in
the running, you can call as many times as you wish.
The number is 0055 29799. Each band has a key number that you dial in
(when the recording tells you), Crowded House are 18. The House have 3
major nominations and I think I mentioned that I'm sure weve won at least
those (Biggest selling album) so who knows who'll be there to collect the
awards. The prize also lets you go along to the ARIA party and rub
shoulders with (?) so show your support for the boys- 0055 29799. (Crowded
Sleep in today, wander down to our favourite bread shop and spend the afternoon
on the computer.....It's a lazy Saturday.
That's it for now- you still have time to send in your passport size snap
for the Diary Site Book, the pieces are coming together and we'd love to
see your smiling faces......strange snaps are appreciated (dont forget your
name and town on the front.......no bottom shots thankyou ( :
Take care- Peter
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