The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 29 March - 12 April 1997
Get an interesting call from Crowdies manager Grant. he's interested in me
co-manageing Paul with him. For ages I've fought against the manager area, each
week we get several bands calling the office wanting management. It's even
harder when a friend (like Paul) is concerned as the old constant of work
and friendship not mixing, is one that I've lived by.....as far as being
the manager. Anyway Grant seems to think it's time to have me in the saddle
apart from being flattered, it will be a fresh direction. Told him to check
with Paul and make sure Paul was into it. I know i can do a good job....
Spock emails me a JPEG attachment so i can view graphics etc for our
various projects. Spooky...."Instinct" just came on JJJ as I'm typing this-
playing a lot of Crowded House lately. The single keeps jumping around like a
yoyo on the Aussie charts- one week it moves up 40 spots, the next it drops
50......the other problem is that EMi has only ran off 1000 of the Instinct digi
paks so it will probably sell out soon, hope they press more stock.
Work on artwork for the Video Newsletter #3 cover- decide to go with the
early Crowdies Volcano design....in orange and black....should look ok.
it will look good so that's good enough for me.
Answer emails-most of the day. leanne tells me that a Perth radio station played
Crowdies and said they expect the reunion tour to be announced soon! There's an
Pay car registration..what an ugly rego. sticker this year.....looks like dark
mud or chocolate..urghh. Belmore gets a new frock- yes the painters have
arrived and her stunning deco features are being painted. The back stairs
are all being reconstructed..should look good. Zoom into travelex in the
city and cash the Video newsletter foreign cash to pay for Videos etc. The
best part is that travelex give me flight points...and for the month of
April it's a 50% bonus...so in theory when I add these to my Amex and
existing Qantas points I
should have enough for a free business class ticket to L.A..
Well marks Qantas ticket is booked and ok'd. Frequent Flyer redemption is never
as easy as you'd expect. Qantas only have 2 Business class frequent flyer
seats and both are taken on the day I'm after. Rats! I HAVE to leave on
that day so
I get this great Qantas girl to speak to her superviser, who is passing on
my request to the Qantas head honcho's. She's stressing that I'm a share
holder and a Qantas life member....but the chances are small. She'll let me
know in 48 hours. I don't think I've got much of a cance afterall they have
to pull out a $5600 paying seat for moi! Oh well it doesn't hurt to try. My
computer is still
away so i haven't cleared my emails.
It's Leannes birthday- she still doesn't have her answering machine on, so
I can't sing "Happy Birthday" in the key of "C" to her...........
call Nick in London and miss him by an hour.....charts come in and
Recurring Dream has moved up to #22 (was 26) so it might well be back in
the top 20 soon.
Instinct has dropped like a rock in some states, I think the stores are out
of stock, I just know heaps of people will write in ,in a month or two and
ask about getting them a copy. It always happens. Go have coffee at Globe
it's been ages since we've had Kylie Minogue wander in.....what is Kylie up to..
..apart from yet another new boyfriend. I manage to park in a one hour
parking spot for three hours- this is a rarity for Prahran- Kennetts
henchmen are usually out scraping up $$$- so the gods are smiling on me
Come home and the Woodface apartment is half painted- we're getting there.Play
"Disco 2000" VERY loud , all the kids are dancing around the apartment...what
a song. Run into Anne Murray at the abc ,she's there for JJJ. her quote of the
day is "Fads don't last"! She just laughed about the Pat Boone heavy metal CD.
What is Pat up to, how fuckin' tragic-a media slut at his age. I still have a
"donation" letter from pat Boone to Split Enz that he sent to the p.o. box 333
many many years ago.......so tragic I just had to keep it.
Glenn A Baker calls regarding my fax on the Other Enz cd....am writing a
piece on it for the newsletter, he asks me to write the liner notes....that
will be fun. We were all a bit worried about Glenn being the "Rock Brain of
the Universe" winning a contest like that you could think he is a total
wanker, but he's a pretty decent guy and he has a huge rock brain, it will
be fun working with him again.
So Boy George is waddling around the ABC studios at Elsternwick doing rehersal
for the Recovery show, he's put on weight again, which is always a good
thing for the Boy because it means he doesn't have a monkey on his back
again. he must be totally off smack now- still has a very sharp wit.
Tonight the supermarket gave away free Pears, we grabbed a few bags full-
they were really delic. You know the type, you take a bite and the juice
just runs down your chin, I think they were from the organic produce area
so we won't die from them. keep missing Nick, think I'll wait for him to
get back and give me a call.
Heard from an internet listie that the KTS double bootlegg is a piece of
shit- basically a poor recording of the tv show plus other stuff not
related to the
show- hope none of the listies are silly enough to order this from KTS. I also
heard that they close down in July,probably because they keep rehashing
most shows under different names. So if you are thinking of ordering "Dont
scream its over" from KTS save your money you are getting ripped off.
A huge parcel arrives from one of the few people who worked at Capitol that
I actually admire....ex president Hale. Hale was around in the Woodface
made a hude effort with regards to Crowded House- he went out on a limb
several times for the band. Jeremy Hammond is another person who is a huge
fan, I love
how he considered starting a Split Enz fanclub in his earlier years. I
know heaps of American fans think Capitol are shit- and overall they are-
look at the huge amount of publicity they've given "Recurring Dream"
(NOT).....,but we should keep it in mind that yes there were some people
who were supportive of
the band...Hale was one. Anyway out of the blue this box arrives.....god I
think Marjie has sent me ten years worth of her demos.....(sorry Marj....I
know you have a great sense of humor)...but it ended up being a parcel from
contents- the Capitol Anniversary Book and the Capitol Records Cd Box set. It
totally blew me out. Plus Hale has done something he never does....he signed the
book. Anyway he's now part of the club and is probably wandering around L.A.
wearing his Crowdies Belt Buckle. Nice Guy.
OK my prediction for the next worldwide fad will be ...."Tamagachzi". It's
a virtual chicken...created in Japan...and the screen is located in small
egg shaped case. You have to feed the chicken and keep it happy (in a
or else it dies on the screen. So get in early folks and make your fortunes, you
read about it here first!
Had a dream last night that the Crowdies (Nick, Paul,Neil and Mark) were
walking across the Abby Rd "Beatles Crossing"...Paul was out of step and wearing
knee high red and white soxs.......he kept pushing Neil.....Nick had a
shiny black tear painted under his left eye...Mark Hart was very exact
where he was walking. I wake up and the first thought is "tonight is Pauls
Get Video newsletter #3 artwork off to the printers...the Volcano looks great.
The art guys arrives who's working on the cover of the upcoming Crowded
House book, give him some tannis and some of Dennis Keeleys giant B/w
he can find an image he likes.
Fran and Lara arrive at our door on their way to the gig....Lara's car is
playing up and we have a look at it. (No Peter thats the boot not the
engine-oh!). Think it's the generator....but they get on their way and will
see us there.
An hour later we are at the Esplanade Hotel and no sign of Fran or Lara.
When we arrive I count 76 people....the front section has the tables with
candles. Paul and the gang have done an incredible job with the stage
set......it's even better then Hessies shed. By the time Paul comes out
around 200 people are watching this debut. One quarter would be club
members. mardi sits with us and
we nudge each other each time Paul does a guitar "pout"....he looks great
tonight, very sassy. The songs are good, and all are original, except Lou
"I love Woman".....my favourite is "Crooked Fence" which is written from
the eyes of Rosie, one of Pauls dogs. Great song. A classic moment is when
secret Diary is read on stage, Pauls Dad sent it down....and a piece is read
in between the sets...the spooky thing was one of his objectives at the age of 7
was to be a brilliant drummer in one of the worlds best pop bands. Spooky kids!
Anyway the gig goes well,they get a real encore and I escape quickly as I
know the parking attendants are out tonight and I don't want a $40 fine.
Sydney- well the cheque is handed over to the Sydney Childrens Hospital
(Randwick) and it's for $400,000.00+ so everyone feels good about that.
god bless him sheds some tears again. Some of the kids in attendance call out
"Hey Hessie we're still here " (meaning alive) and it just ripps his soul apart.
Paul can be a dark, little bastard but times like this you realise what
agood heart he has.....mad bastrad. No wonder we love him. Marj. plays her
date tonight at Richmond, hope it went well for her.
Recurring Dream moves up one more spot #21 (from #22).
Speak to Sharon and Neil. neil is giving us one of his shirts or one of his
tshirts for the club auction. We need some more computer memory etc etc so
everyone is donating something cool. It's good to speak to him, will have
to stay for a day or two after he finishes his album...they do make a good
Recurring Dream moves up to #37 in the UK (was 41)....it just won't die.
Wow Rebecca and Aaron from Sydney are getting engaged....had to happen, two mad
music people together.....will the industry survive. The Screaming jets are now
back in the country,they've been mixing their new album in New York, loved
their last album.Should of been released in Europe,could of been a hit.
Aaron tells me some Jets live dates are coming up in May. Notice INXS came
into the Uk charts at #20 with their new single...and next week it dropped
out of the top 50...the
bells are tolling for INXS...it's nearly over.
Just finished telling Rebecca about the Sun being like a huge Hydrogen
recently man has been noticing the Suns little Hydrogen related
hiccups....each one million tonnes of hydrogen turns into a solar wind and
of course some head to Earth. A few years back Canada got a taste of what
happens, computers get
messed up, anything electrical....this time I hear that the superpowers are
really worried that the satelites orbiting Terra will get messed
up...goodbye communications. Time to save that string and empty cans
people, you may need them to communicate. I know the recent Space Shuttle
had engine problems (solar cells) but i wonder if the solar winds had
anything to do with their speedy return....a crippled space shuttle, no
atmosphere for protection...sounds
dangerous if a current hits it! Bang!
Hope the "Castle" movie by the Frontline team does well. I think it could
be one of those Australian movies that people will still be talking about
years time. So check out "The Castle",not sure when it's released overseas.
The printer gets all the Video newsletter #3 covers back to us and we start
the long process of assembling them all.
Start mailing out all the Australian Video newsletters. get up early and
drive down to the Prahran Post office the grey ghost full of Videos.....I
could just see behind me...the postal people must love us...."here's
another 6 bags"...
Travel agent calls, the very sexy Kayleen, and our Prague accomodation is booked
and so are our nights in Peru. The long awaited holiday is just around the
corner. Will finally have a photo of myself and our site hostess Deb in NYC
together- emailing people is not quite the same as being their face to face.
We are currently running a contest for this site- whoever is the 12,000th hit
on the site will get a free lunch out of me. Yes I'll pay. The only thing is
we may have to have a raincheck on it,depending where you live. So when we are
touring next, or if you come to Melbourne I'll shout you lunch. So if you
click on and you are #12,000 just run a printout and send it to myself at
p.o. box 333
Prahran Vic. 3181 Australia (include your name/address) or send it to Deb. We
hope this will happen "naturally", so this means that Rebecca Booth and
coherts should not download 2000 times just to score lunch......(grin).
A new club newsletter will go out late April/early May. Take care-Peter
PS-Pauls gig at the Esplanade on Monday 14th April will be exactly three
years since his last show in Atlanta. Could be a good one to go to.
PPS-Andy White- the man who put the "A" into ALT is playing a handful of shows
in Australia to showcase his TEENAGE album.
may 22nd- Continental-Melbourne, May 29th- the Bridge Hotel-Sydney,
May 31st- ZOO-Brisbane, June 11th-Continental melbourne. TBA-Canberra.
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