The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 27 April - 8 May 1997
A really nice Sunday.......I must of spoken to a lot of friends over the
past few days as the Elephant is packed for breakfast. Hayden from the
office and his band mate Martin are down from Sydney. Johnny turns
up....looking very glamerous
Becky (god bless her) had a long night and probably danced her feet off. Don't
think she realised that there would be so many of us....her jumper has that
"slept in it" look about it-but none the less she still looks pretty.
Rosemaree turns up and is in fine form.....Mark makes a rare appearance and
suprise suprise in walks Maz. He played last night- half the table went
along- he's using his electronic drums again-so the gig at Sunset Strip is
Just when we are about to order in walks Spock and Miss Katie.......the
"sorry we're full" sign goes up. It;'s a fun morning- Spock gives me his
copy of the great new Boom Crash Opera single- "Dreaming up a fire"- it
sounds like the BCO that most people love- very "Onion Skin" and "Dancing
up a Storm" sound...Spock
once again is doing the artwork (thank christ- as the "Born" cover is
really UGLY). Anyway I'm told the BCO single is out on June 2nd.....if
radio gets behind it they could be back in the charts. Thats if Rocky
Horror Show doesn't continue it's run in Hong Kong- BCO frontman Dale Ryder
is playing Dr Frank'N'Furter........"admit it Brad...it's not that bad
giving yourself over to ABSOLUTE pleasure"......go Dale!
I get home and decide that I'm really lucky, all these people at the
table I really love. Hayden from the office has all the trimmings of a
(in the nicest possible way). As we go to pay the manager refuses our money and
says its on the house because so many people come in when we are there.....cool!
Well Andy White's "Teenage" cd is out in Australia today. Still playing it, we
email Sydney to make sure all the Andy postcards are arriving on time. Pay
my parking fine today...hmmm I wonder if Neil has paid all his old parking
fines...he had so many. As he said, after paying so much tax he has to get
away with something.......maybe I should try that...then again I'd probably
worry myself sick that I hadn't paid the damn fine and customs wouldn't let
me leave the country.
I think the Morrissey Edmiston clothing line will do well over the next few
years, they have so many good clothes. Was going through some of their new
bits and pieces and who should I spot out of the corner of my eye but an
INXS person......bet INXs will end up wearing them onstage......maybe they
do have taste after all (grin).
Spend the afternoon retrieving song info for our USA publishers. Find it
all except for two songs- "grabbing by the handful" and "Oblivion"....cant
find these...assume they are Crowded House demos.....maybe my memory has
Aaron called today...I thought he was joking but it looks like one of our
"heavier" bands "The Screaming Jets" will have to blow out their Melbourne
dates.....Grant Walmsley from the band has Chicken Pox.....so the gigs have
been cancelled.....of course this is after I have just done a huge Jets
he is ok, poor bastard,Chicken Pox (any Pox) is terrible when you are an adult.
Speak to Neil today and he has nearly finished his studio...maybe that was
all the noise in the background. He's going to send over one of his stage
shirts for the auction prize.Make sure he signs it on the inside.
Caroline gives us some corporate movie passes...so we show our support and
go and see The Castle .....it's the #4 movie in Australia this week. Have
some fattening food at the Jam factory Pancake Parlour....didn't like
makes the best pancakes. The cinema wasn't exactly packed and we pigged out
on too many "freckles" feel ill..........
Recurring Dream drops 2 spots nationally to #22. Slowly creeping towards
seven platinum,we'll get there.
Jill calls and it looks like we may drop in and see Savage Garden do one
of their USA showcases.....wonder how many backing tapes they'll use. They
are doing really well-the lead singer is a nice guy- I remember saying how
appropriate it was that Savage Garden should start charting around the time
that Crowded House decided to wave goodbye. Not that we can compare the two
bands, but its nice to see an Aussie group do well...everywhere.Hope they
One band that isn't doing too well is INXS......their album dropped out of
the UK top 40 after one week,a bit pissy.
So we hear that the biggest Ozone Hole...ever has been found over Russia......
it apparently covers 2/3 of Russia...hell that's a lot of ultra violet
radiation.Scratch Russia off our holiday list. Fax JJJ a request for
INSTINCt late at night and they play it- good ol' JJJ.
Catch up with Robyn and Trudy at the Blue Elephant....somehopw the booking
goes astray...but we get a very long table. Fran rolls up and a few of the
Decide to wear some chestnut nail polish, got Nick into it awhile back........
the SUBS look tempting so we all get a bit pissed....new staff member...he
wont last long. The crazy guy ends up serving us- he's a sweetheart and
Becky compliments him. We keep missing Trudy by one day in America...fate I
hear that a new Deadstar site will be coming out of England...hope they use
the various singles coverart, some nice designs...maybe Nick should do some
get all the stuff together for the upcoming Record fair...should be a good
chance to meet some of the club members and list people.A long
day....usually by 4.00 we look like hell warmed up. Wow one week to go
....till our holidays start.
Hmmm decide that the single of the month must be "COWS WITH GUNS"......hope
Stomp distribution get it in the stores. Great songs...I love how the
"chickens in choppers" save the cows...cool!I think you can phone order it
via STOMP on
Great to see John Major get the big boot.....thank christ for that,England was
becoming a smelly old corpse, it will be really exciting hitting the UK in
a few weeks...its a bit soon,but with the Torries out it can only help..."a
dawn has broken...".Kick butt Tony.
Poor old Tony the new Priminister's wife.....she answered the door at #10
wearing her nightie......the worlds messiest hair...looking like her and
Tony had been riding the hobby horse all night. That English media is so
maybe shes a woman for the people.......I wonder if she wears pink fluffy
Opened the bathroom window tonight and a little visitor was sitting on top
of the actual window.....it's our friend Randell the Possum who use to live
in the roof. So he is alive.......he got a free ride on the window. he
looks healthy so
he must of moved to one of his other nests.
Urghhhh up early....cmon Sun wake up.....cold ,sleepy,hell it's Sunday.It;'s
gloomy outside, the rain tap tap taps on the windows,the bathroom floor is
freezing, I stumble for the central heating button..........brrrrr.Bloody
The doors open and the clubstall looks like the Myer Bargain basement sale,
heaps of people with discount coupons and grabbing at the one off items.Mark
saves my life with a cuppa. One of the first people in line to enter is
Vivienne (no telephones near us...we check).....shes died her hair. Still
in a Viv way. She complains that none of the fairs have vinyl anymore.........
Fran gives me my birthday pressie...she is wearing 4 different nail polishes..
is this a clue. I save it and will be suprised later (when my eyes are
open). Wish Fran and Leanne were coming to L.A.):Cant find the Mal Green
single- we look everywhere-sorry Leanne I tried to get a copy. So many nice
club members,and famous for 16 minute readers......by 3.00 I have lost my
talking to people all day. Mark gets the rare Kylie Minogue single he needs for
the collection,last Fair it was $40.....we get it off the same person for $5..
Hope the fans got a bargain, we gave away $2000 worth of discounts.....so
they did well.
Open my present and its a great blue metal Nail polish and seashell chockys.
Spoke to a friend and she sold the Silverchair boys......steel blue Nail polish.
.....so Steel Blue Polish is probably hard to find in Newcastle...then
Steel will be hard to find in Newcastle soon, BHP are closing down the
...it will be much cleaner but god all those people out of work, I remember when
they did a big staff chop at Wollongong, unemployment went thru the roof......
Visit Becky after dinner on Chapel St.....she was finally crowned "Miss
Universe"......by us all (Maz put the final vote in).....yes it's one of
secrets..........time to pay the piper Becky (thats Peter Piper picked a....?)
Cant get on the Diary Site...have we been removed from the Internet? Did God
strike us down...........?Strange all our friends with Macs cant seem to
get on, but our IBM heads can.....have to ask Deb. [Deb's note: our server changed software, and will be flogged for it!]
Do a mailout for our
buddy Andy White
really nice postcards with the tour dates on them......
leanne calls and lets us know that Peter Pan is also in Perth (we never
doubted that)...in 1929 the Perth Rotary Club commisioned a statue from the
mould as the London one......its an amazing statue....so if you live in
perth and read the Diary site find out where the Pan statue is.
Fax EMi the release info for the Ch albums......probably for some reissue stuff
who knows......somethings cooking. Neils auction prize arrives...its his "Paul
Smith" Uk shirt-he;'s worn it onstage a few times...its a size 16 1/2
(42cm) and is a crushed velvet...light burgundy..wine type colour. he
signed the inside collar.Really nice.....like it myself.....no the club
needs the money.neil has been incredible, I can't remember one time when he
said no to anything I've asked, even signing those 10,000 xmas cards didn't
make him hate me. It's been
a good seventeen years....will have to call into Auckland for a few days
and visit after we get back....
Send Mum her Mothers Day present, she's a good mate. In her sixties and still
a lot of fun. She is a great story teller.(so that's where I get it
from...not that my stories are great). Deb gets back today...tried not to
send her too many emails to forward.Hope she had a good break. Today is
Johnnys Birthday, he gets a metaloid oil burner from us, and Becky gives
him some oils. Hope he heads to the States soon....all these incredible
songs just waiting to be recorded.
My Xmas bonus arrives....I wont go into it here.....for the very first time
awestruck.......the note from Neil is the final straw and I am close to tears.
It feels like someone has control of the "emotion button" and I run the
full gambit. Shock, total joy, embarrisment,awe,warmth.......the expression
"so happy i could cry" is as close as it comes. My brains are fried. I can
pay off my home loan. Money is around the #10 area of my "life list",
friends, relationship, even music are above it.........I never believed it
can make one
totally happy. I know a few wealthy people and all of them say the same
thing, there were times when they were poor and experienced total joy.
Anyway this is a totally over the top way to start the day. My brains ARE
Take our first malaria tablet.......no side effects......haven't had one
for ten years......it's only one a week now. Cusco is too cold for
mosquitoes...but its better to be safe then sorry.
Recurring Dream has dropped to #26 (from #22) but we start more tv adverts
in Qld this week so that should help. Just found out that Hairball is a
from Cincinnati (Ohio)...I wonder if they know our office cat? Dale Ryder
is home from Hong Kong today......so BCo will start filming their "Dreaming
up a Fire" video this Friday.
My brains are fried............
Still raining, hope it reaches the farmers in the drought areas.The Finn
mansion is so lush this month. Well today is Beckys birthday.............so
we all meet for brecky.Spock turns up with some champas for us....he too is
having a break soon.BMG did a great print job of his new BCO cover.Going to
miss all the people and coffees ...for a whole month!!!
Go to the city and put some $ on my Amex card.....the traffic is jammed
because tonight the casino is opening.....we declined our invites.....I
think it pissed a few people off. The Mercury Room should be a good gig.
The only reason to go was to see Arloe who is out here with Sheryl
Crow.......The Sun called her Cheryl..arghhh.I can imagine Deadstar playing
Speak to MAZ....he says "its" the size of a babies arm.........I miss the
start of the conversation.....have to get Becky to ask what "is".Sounds
rude. he's a great drummer,great style.
Clear the answering machine and there is a message from Paul Hester...its a
good one "G'day Pete,it's Hessie,I'm just ringing you up to say thankyou
for your lovely note,card and the Newsletter...and doing the posters and
just being around and helping me out. Thankyou so much and I'd like to
invite you to a dinner at the BeachHouse with the Largest Living
Things........so I'd love it if you and Mark would like to come...and you'd
both be more then welcome to dine in the luxury of the beachHouse which has
now been centrally heated.
Apart from that,loved the newsletter,I think my favourite bit was all the
words on the band members...which i thought you'd done (laughs)...I was so
didn't know what it was,but Mardi said "no no no they're words that the
fans had written in". So when I read it again,I was so proud that mine was
full of dark
sort of...lewd,unsavory...loser I think was my favourite (laughs),very
impressed with my standing with the Crowdie community (laughs)...so thanks
a lot. I'll talk to you soon."
So when we get back it looks like a meeting will happen .the Espy shows
for Pauls band worked really well and the album is currently being
mixed........its great to see him back in the saddle.
Alison drops in with some Rocky Road for Mark.....to eat on the
plane....she makes the best Rocky Road...pig out!
Spend the afternoon packing and getting ready. It will be great to have
the month off, we are back in early June so everyone will have to wait till
we return.....all our mail at 333 arrives and is sorted into a locked
all mail will be safe.
We expect the Diary site to hit the 12,000 mark
while we are away...so one of you will get a free lunch ...just print out
the number and send it into us and dont forget to put your name/address on
Will try and do an update while we are travelling.Have fun- Peter
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