The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 3 March - 16 March 1997
We decide to do the Paul interview around the 12th or 13th of March. paul's
into it-we'll run it in the Video newsletter and a printed version in the
next club issue. It's been awhile since I've interviewed Paul but he's
easy, the neil interviews make me nervous. have a chat to Spock, he's
trying to get ideas for the new BCO single cover.....a bit of the old style
bco may appear....
Charts are in and we've dropped another notch- from 11 to #12...and
"Instinct" has creeped up the Australian charts- from #103 to #90. It's a
start. Give Neil a call, found his VOX cover for his amp. We all thought it
went missing on a previous world tour-but there it was ,squashed between
two stage backdrops.Will send it over with Noel. Neil sounds very relaxed
these days,decided not to ask him about the solo stuff, he's about to get
into it and most of the material will probably be done at his home studio.
Just got a fax in from the Uk, the "Best Of" has moved back up #31 in the
UK. Wonder if the band were asked to reform for EMI UK's anniversary
bash-heaps of other BIG names...now there's a rumour.
Mums Birthday-remember to send her flowers. Mums are important. i nearly
fucked up one year- was away in some really really remote area of Australia
and by pure luck I called home. Mum gushed "You remembered my Birthday". Of
course I lied
and said "yes of course" and felt about 2 inches tall and looked for a rock
to crawl under. Wonder if those Finn boys ever forget Mary's Birthday?
etc were never a Big things around the Crowdies- a few on the road moments
and celebrations but it was never a ritual. Thats why Nicks Christmas Carol
message took me by suprise.
Spoke to Phil Judd today- a company phoned up
looking for him-the woman seemed very vague-I told her Phil would call her.
I phoned him at his coastal home.....his first words were "You're still
alive, I thought you'd be dead by now" (gee thanks Phil...I thought you
would of drowned from too much fishing).....he sounded happy to hear from
me and we are getting together with Spock for some pub crawling in a few
weeks. Mushroom have approached him for some art for the Enz best of
album........it's hard to tell if it will be used
as it's a painting-but not of the Enz. he's still working on the Cop Show
Soundtrack "Good Guys,bad Guys".
We share Brekky with johnny at the Blue Elephant- it's very quiet for a
Thursday. Apparently Miss Candy did her tribute to Shirley Bassey-across
the road at "Virgin Marys". Opps it's called "V.M.'s" now after the
catholic church went all legal about the name-which is pretty petty
considering that the Church should really be cleaning up it's own act- kick
out all those alter-boy molesting Priests!
TODAY IS A GREAT DAY-Sarah Frost from the States sent me the most
incredible present. The ultimate Prince Planet present(trying saying that
three times). Can't go into details as I'd hate to get her fired but I am
totally freaked out,
blown away and over the moon. (Move over bartman). Thanks Sarah,it's as
good as getting a Warhol!
Well today is Enzso at Womad and the Foxtel Tv tells me it's going to be a
bit wet at times. It's the first Enzso show I've missed, basically there
isn't a lot of work at this show as the Womad people have it all covered.
Neil asked if I was coming over, but to be honest I am all NZ'd out. I love
the place but 20 times in 12 months is enough! I'm even picking up a accent
(grin).Wonder if Paul Ellis's Party (SONY) will happen......
Ex Neighbour and Coke-Nose Jason Donovan is the host for the very late
"night nude surfing" on the Comedy Channel. It's real-=many Aussi surfers
go out at
Bondi beach etc and surf nude under the moon.....like wow-nude wipeout!
Really like Sugarmoths "watch me drown"-cool song. Just heard Mr Blonde on
the radio-on an am station...probably where they belong (snore).Jebediah's
"jerks of attention" is a hit on JJ-notice it's on Murmur -SilverChairs
label.It was recorded at Birdland Studio above Dan Murphys Wine cellar on
Chapel Street.have to check them out live.
John (downstairs) finally removes all the dandelions from the front
lawn...they always grow back We spend the afternoon deciding on the new
colour scheme for Belmore...it will still be Deco colours...should look
Just found out that on Dec.9th the lead singer from The Waitresses (they
had "I know what boys like")died of Lung cancer from too much cig. smoke.
Like Shampoos version of "I know what boys like" buy they'll no doubt get
criticised because it's too poppy and too much like the original. The
Japanese will love it, some-
times I really appreciate the Japanese's sense of Pop. guess thats why The
Cardigans are #2 on the Japanese charts. Ntoice that "Love Fool" is
becoming a huge hit here- remember you read about them here first! Spend
most of today sending out another pile of the NTSC Crowdies videos....still
many to go,it's one of those BIg jobs,glad everyone is patient.
After watching "EuroTrash" on cable it's becoming obvious that Nick Seymour
has a Jean Paul Gautier obsession.......same hair,shirt,pout and hip
swivel. What a very silly show-Bunny races, brothel specialist,supermodel
wheel,and stupid European songs.........naturally we love it. Pissed off we
missed the Pierre et Gilles episode.
Well this year is Mushroom Records 25th Anniversary. Its really easy for
people to criticise record companys, but Mushroom have given many artists
their big break. With reference to the Enz it was Mushroom that signed them
and stuck by them (most of the time). I know the Enz sales have rewarded
but if Michael Gudinski hadn't listened to two of the members of Skyhooks,
they wouldn't of gotten signed and they possibly could of went back to NZ
and done zilch. So this year is Mushrooms 25th- I've spent 18 years of the
25 working with bands connected with them,from James Freud, to the Xmen,
to the Enz and Skyhooks.So I'd love to do some work on their
celebrations...will have to speak to Sarah or Paul as they know my worth
(grin). Hope someone is writing a book on the company as it would be
interesting. The new Enz "Best Of.." will be part of the celebrations which
will run for at least 12 months (I assume). When we know more we'll mention
Well today Recurring Dream dropped TWO spots on the Australian charts.....and is
sitting at six platinum . Mum calls and Sam the family cockatoo has arrived
home after being missing in action for 8 years.(Actually a mad aunt was
looking after him). Good to see Ian Jones on the Mardi gra special-it takes
a lot of balls to be a footy star and come out..imagine the crap he must
get from the opposite teams supporters.?
Speak to Paul from Mushroom and he tells me about the Lost in Space
movie...this thru me for a six as it meant he was reading this diary
site!gee glad I didn't slag off Mushroom Records (grin). Today we do the
Paul hester interview for the Video newsletter. Paul has this crazy shed
that he has built in the back yard,
it's really neat and VERY Australian.It's his escape and all blokes should
have one.......(huge smile).mark will be filming today and we spend some
time setting up lights and our wonderful tripod...gone are the days of
handheld filming-we've moved up in the world. Paul and Mardi show us the
new house-yes the hesters are moving....it has a bigger yard for Sunday to
run wild. Rosie and Stan are lying in the sun and a new white cat is on the
swin......sorry we don't know the cats name. We end up with a thirty minute
interview- Paul plays some his songs in the background and we talk about
the Crowdies, the Night in Pauls Shed project, the crazy fans-he talked
about people with poles and soggy tongues...no that's a lie,just wanted to
bait you ......overall a fine interview and some fu stories that only Paul
can deliver.A big part of it will be in Video newsletter #3, the rest as a
printed interview in the Newsletter (late April). He'll be playing
at the Espy every Monday night (upstairs) with some mates,under the banner
of the "Largest Living Things".
Di Spy emails me that "Friends" star-Matt le Blanc will be cast as Don in
the Lost in Space Movie. We know of several people who had a "thing" for
the original Don in L.I.S....so will matt meet the requirements?(Should we
do a poll?).
The Blue Elephant is the perfect setting for an early Morning meeting,this
weeks is with BCO members about our involvement with their future. Spock
(ex BCO) has the new artwork ready and it's pretty damn good-Spocko comes
up trumps again.
We have two new songs to play and Maz pulls out the worlds largest headphones..
they scream out "hey look at us-we're in a band listening to demos" type of
headphones. Forget working out at the gym-lifting these mothers is a
workout on it's own. Well the songs are very good, a return to the form of
old. Mark gave them the thumbs up and thats always a good sign.Gone are the
extremes,the catchy chorus, Richard Pleasance-ish guitar and anthem rock is
in their place. It feels good,guess we'll work with em' till the end. The
single will be out mid-April and if you want to know more check out the
Boom Crash Opera website or BMG Australia will have it's own site up and
Go to Mushroom to pick up a few Enz books (thanks Paul) and as I run to
the toilet i get sidetracked by Sarah and i mumble some offers of help etc
Dean who was our main EMI contact is at Mushroom now and he looks VERY happy
which is good to see. next we pick up a Reel to reel from Revolver on
Chapel Street as we have to transfer over all this old 70s and 80s
material. ..and who do we see lurking in the Revolver Corridor getting his
guitar fixed...why its Jean Paul Gautier-Seymour. It's good to see him and
he's not wearing blue toenail polish anymore. I question him about giving
his dentist flowers on Valentines Day-busted Seymour, sadly she's only a
long term friend....and you wanted dirt-none to be found. Nick is very
good,he said he might be in LA when my may the 11th birthday is on and
hopes to get to El Coyote.....we have a habit of just missing each other on
foreighn soil-so we'll see on that one. BUT it would be good. I told him he
has to bring an animal to the restaurant as we all
have to. Elizabeth is bringing Mortimer (the illegal alien-ferret), Erika
is bringing her Bunny with a broken ear and Mark is renting a Deer..how he
is going to smuggle it into the restaurant is another question.
Anyway back to Nick- after the Deadstar dates Nick is off to ireland, there
is a chance of some Deadstar Uk dates but these haven't been locked in yet.
he said that he really likes how the band are playing now and that the
first few months they did some terrible gigs. We talked about THAT Mojo
article and some of the
full on quotes were cut out.I thought they were pretty "honest" .Anyway
Deadstar are doing an album launch next week and Nicks going to take us
along to that.
MILK will be in the Australian stores on April 14th. It's taken forever for
it to come out-we had our copies September last year. So we all stand on
the sidewalk and blow kisses and do our "we're noth worthy" hails as Nick
putts off on his motor scooter.
Becky calls and is really excited that Marilyn is back in the news. This is
Boy geogoes "friend" Marilyn- not Monroe or Manson. marilyn was spotted
last week at UK band "NO DOUBT"party. he was supposively sleeping with
BUSH's Gavin Rossdale who is now romantically linked to No Doubts Gwen
Stafani......yes this sex stuff can be confusing. The last time I spotted
an old girlfriend she was on Family feud with her boyfriend and he was
pretty tragic so I felt REALLY good.
Let's be honest a secret side of us all grins from within, when an ex-has a
hideous partner.......snigger. She looked the same but had some weird
accent. The last time we were together we were exploring Egypt.
Well our toilet is blocked which is not very glamerous.....I can never
remember reading about other peoples toilets on the internet........yes we
are all mere mortals here at belmore. My neighbour tried telling me that
recycled paper causes this- so you have a choice of supporting the
enviroment and paying for a blocked loo or getting some non recycled paper
and killing the fish! OK I'll go for the recycled stuff still-occasionally
you have to pay a bit to have a better enviroment and if it means a plumber
every 5 years thats ok with me. The deco drains at Belmore are really neat,
each toilet pipe has strange metal "teeth" in it that chew up the loo paper
and other nice things.........
Well that's all for now....thanks for taking the time to read this and
thanks Deb for passing on all those emails . Love Peter
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