The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 6 July - 19 July 1997
We catch up with the regulars at the Elephant in the morning. Today is a bit
special because both Jen and Merl are down from Qld with their baby Matthew.
What a happy child, just gooed and gaaed at all of us. We gave him Benjo the
jumping mechanical rabbit. I won Benjo awhile back in Vegas...made a pact with
God...if I win straight away on the slot machines I'll buy that dancing rabbit.
So guess what,one coin, ding ding ding, $300 silver dollars later and Benjo is
under my arm. Matt will enjoy him later on......of course the rabbit was
set free in the Elephant,all the early morning "Drags" and the coffee boys
It would of made more impact if it was an Elephant (and Blue).
Spock drops in, he's working on an Anthology by boring ol' John Farnham, at
least the cover art will be good...MOR is not for me. Guess these 3 albums get
him out of his contract (?). Anyway Spock gives me a quick lesson with the new
scanner. So I instantly go overboard and send Deb in NYC (aswas) 90 jpeg files
of 'Hooks photos for her to consider for the site. In my new learned technology
I didn't stop to think that THAT many jpegs might overload the system...duhhhh!
Skyhooks were the first band I ever worked for when I was a long haired school-
boy. I can remember clearly when the Wollongong City fathers banned them from
coming within the city limits. How weird is that? For any diary readers
that want to see my early band,Deb (got bless her) has made space on ASWAS
We are still trying to find some artwork for the upcoming SplitEnz "Spellbound"
CD. Usually Noel just churns out a cover,Pete from Mental as Anything has come
up with an idea, some of the Enz love it, some want changes and some think it's
too Crowded House. Hope someone decides soon. RSVP Rosa for the Performing Arts
Museums 15th Anniversary. Barry Divola (journalist) calls and I do a 2 hour +
interview for his upcoming "Fandom" book......oh the stories we could tell but
we are saving them for you "sweet diary" (well maybe not ALL of them).Out of all
the questions the one about "all time favourite band" was a hard one...couldn't
answer it,so many of the bands mean very different things to me.....it was fun
anyway, dragged up a few memories. Speak to Nigel and it looks like Eddie is
having fun in the studios....the Enz track listing has changed again........
Send Grant the Bio's for the back of the swapcards. Go through some Enz slides
for possible use.....love the early B/W costume shot with the sheep- I'm
sure the ENZ are a bit tired of the old "sheep" jokes though. There is a
of them in front of the Moon and Mars.........and speaking of Mars (I
needed a tie-in-sorry)...wasn't the Pathfinder footage just brilliant. Glad
Nasa have a
hundred million hits on their sites. Space is the place! Now if someone
would just get the USA Space station up there ,so poor old Mir can be put
to sleep ("will I dream Dave"?)....the Russians must be running out of
chewing gum and
chicken wire to keep it together.
Finally...we have todays charts and the great news is that Recurring Dream has
now spent a year in the Australian top 50 charts. (still at #44). The sales are
now 500,000 making it into the biggest selling Top 5 cds by an Australian
Dignity and a huge hit record- a nice way to say goodbye.
Play Silverchairs "Freak Show" album a lot-it's far better then their first
CD. They must be a big dissapointed with sales,only platinum here. Enzso
has sold more copies in Australia. Greg ok's the 'Hooks swapcard bio
stuff,it's really easy to jump back on that old bandwagon for the Enz and
the 'Hooks,almost second nature. My fave Playstation game at the moment is
"Wipeout 2"...I hope I
don't drive the EK as poorly as I fly my rocket car in Wipeout.
Well today is our 5th year at Belmore, which means its quite a few years since
the Finns & co. worked on Woodface here. Hope the other songs from those
sessions get released. I just looked at the rough's and some of the titles
interesting..."weather with you" is marked down as "Cookin' in the kitchen".
"Sacred Cow" and "Fields are full of your kind" are on there as well. Some great
songs,too good to let them gather dust.
Head to Illusion studios at Port Melbourne today,as we have Boom Crash Opera
working on a clip for their next single. haven't seen the band together as
a group for what seems like ages. Dale looks absolutely fantastic, in fact
they all look healthy...and I didn't see Peter Farnan have a cig all day.
a few photos plus some group shots. Get dragged into one of the shots with the
band, which felt strange. All the rural stations are playing "Dreaming up a
fire",its kind of like BCO of old, but the city stations are being shit
and not playing it. What is wrong with Australian radio.....I've stopped
Get a great (overdue) massage in the afternoon,Jen's healing hands are back in
Victoria (plus the rest of her). Rosemaree takes a number and gets one as well.
We somehow "float" home. Must of charged me as I work till 2.00 in the morning
on Crowdies "stuff" for the next mailout. Have a very late dinner at the
Elephant...we should buy shares in the place,it'd be cheaper.
Maz drops in with the letter for the BCO Newsletter,he's a good friend. Just
played drums on Hayden's (GT's office) 3 tracks- said they sounded great.Would
work well in America. Received an email from Mushroom, the Real Wild Child
Exhibit opens in Newcastle (Aust) on July 25th. Head into the city and pay
Amex. The Myer window is alive with the antics of Meercats-Mark and myself watch
them for ages...he's given up on getting a ferret and now wants a meercat. They
seem to play up to the crowd. We head off to the Performing Arts Museum cocktail
party.....the first person I spot in Nickla, Nick's girlfriend. She is with
her friend-who is wearing this great coat. A few speeches and a great fire
she almost sets off the sprinkler system (yes-anything to wake up this crowd of
old fossils). Greg from the Hooks and ex-Sports frontman Steve Cummings are at
the party...they spend ages talking. They use to go to school together and in a
weird twist of fate BOTH their hairs went silver in the same week! There is a
weird air about tonights Anniversary party, and a spy tells me later that the
Performing Arts Museum is being moved into some tragic space within the Arts
Centre itself. In other words,someone noted that the Performing Arts Museum had
a great riverside view and probably wants to open a shop there. No doubt there
is a smokescreen of "it will be better off" but lets face it-that's beaucratic
bullshit and no one believes it. The performing arts costumes and the various
collections belong to the people and I bet the public wern't consulted.It still
amazes me that Sydney can have a huge space in the form of the great PowerHouse
Museum,but Melbourne wastes so much money on lighting the Spire and
fireworks and pixie lights and can't allocate some money for a decent space
what should be a proud collection. It really sucks.
The Diary site has had over 14,000 hits now....you guys just keep coming back,
don't you......ahhhh why? MG is reading this great article on cats,who are just
so genetically close to us. Explains why they get similar diseases (cat
flu, cat-aids etc), which also means they could have the cure for such
Speaking of Cats- Janet & Renee from texas send me this bizarre advert on
having a depressed pet. "Is your pet...depressed?Withdrawn?Incontinent? If
so your pet
could be suffering from Past Life Regression!". You can get in contact with
Maya Amethyst Greyhawk...healer of domestic Animals. ..the classic line is
that your cat might of been a postal worker in it's past life.....(:
Fran calls in ,in the afternoon, her work is going to call me about a phone
survey about internet use/pay tv. Hey it's $40-so that's easy lunch money.
Hmmm brekky was no real joy- Becky was in a cow of a mood. We posted all
the warning posters near her home so her new man will be warned!
Spock sides with me.......my hero. Boomers call, they are finishing the album
"Gizmo Mantra" at Gotham today. Jj calls in with 2 great new ,almost
finished songs "You love yourself" and "Best Times". Ex-Models member
Andrew Duffield has been working with him. It must be drop in day-Emma and
Charlie come by and visit
he (Charlie) use to be in The Sharp and is a cool guitarist,he's put a new
band together called EARLOBE and they are playing in Adelaide at The Tivoli
on July 26th. So go and check them out, should be a hot show.
Received this great pencil drawing of the Finns from Janet Storm in the USA. So
much time has gone into it, the faces are pretty good. One of the Finn clan
suggested that Richard and Mary might like it, I have this problem that we
have absolutely no space.....don't really want to part with it, but the
would love it. Will ask Janet if it's ok.
Fred from the Hooks has a costume or two,that he wants to get rid of, so I
call the Arts Museum and we keep one for our archive collection. Isabelle
calls from France and they have a tv and a vcr in their house at last. Hmmm
it will probably corrupt Isabelle.(: I bet she's having a field day with
all the Video Newsletters and compilations that I sent her.
Found this line of a song(?) scrawled in blue chalk near our gate"...when
will we come up for air.."? Does this mark the return of the Belmore
Personal note-don't wear slippers outside...in case they have their camera.
Visit Paul at the Restaurant and give him some of the Club "Stage Talk" free
cds. They just came in,Nigel Griggs put it together for club members,so we
are sending it out to all the people who have spent-10,9,8,7,6 and
completed their 5th years in the club. If you can imagine packing and
posting that many CDS
(remember the club has around 12,000 members) you begin to understand what a
crazy month we are about to have. Paul is good, shows us the new house which
has great little deco areas and designs in the glass. Looks like we will be
releasing a 4 track EP in a month or so for The Largest Living Things.So it
will be the return of Paul Hester soon.....plus we might have a great
which could see him in Sydney with his band.
Feeling a bit down today...it happens.
Tim faxes down his 2 page letter for the Newsletter, hope Neil can add a page
as it seems like ages since we've heard from him and the troops are hungry for
any information on his solo album. Speak to Eddie in NZ, he's in fine tune, and
happy that both the Enzso shows at Nelson have sold out ,in a day. The Finns
won't be aboard on this one, but hey some of the money goes to the Nelson
Music School so I guess thats ok. Tell Ed. to call Ian about the extra
they should be able to add an insert and make the Music School some extra $$$.
Toija drops in and we go through the Gothic Photoshoot snaps,some are great,may
ask Deb to put one or two up in the photo archives later on. Poor Deb, she
has been great lately, the 'Hooks site has taken up so much of her time,
she rarely ever complains, and I'm sure I'm a pain in the arse and a
demanding shit. Imagine her joy when I send her 60 jpegs at a time. The
sites are looking great and she is so passionate about the upcoming
projects, it's good to work with her.
Christina has the Tim site up, it's a growing thing.....and will mutate
and change,but you can check it out-
http://www.famous-blue-raincoat.com/TIMFINN.htm. FrenzCom will probably run a link at some stage. Spoke to Tim and he is
really interested in his site, so we hope he will have some involvement.
sounds..that would be great.Christina is back...with a passion.
Have brekky with Sarah at Mushroom, talk about the Mushroom Anniversary project
and I check the Enz photo files. I think we'll use most of ours as the
Mushroom Enz archives are a bit average......she suprises me with some
great Skyhook trannis....a few new shots. Whilst there I run through a few
other band sections
find some horrible Phil Judd /Swingers photos....but there are a few good ones
(thankfullY) can't have our Phil looking like a a cactus head can we? Wonder why
the bastard hasn't been calling me back...just found out he's in NZ visiting his
parents who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Just heard that
Spock is going to jump up and play with BCO on Hey Hey Its Sat on the
Will be good to see him back with them, even if its only a one off.
Deadstar play the Empress, a very small crowd, and the new bassist doesn't do
many back up vocals. Peter Jones gets a good reaction from the crowd,but it
sounds like it's going to be an uphill battle for them.The latest single hasn't
charted and I don;t think the UK is any better.
Had a suprise email from one Liam Finn today- really good to hear from him,
everytime I see him he's getting taller. Will be fun to catch up in NZ in
Work till 4.00 getting the envelopes etc ready for the upcoming Crowdies mailout
climb into bed and crash......sleep.
Body clock goes off at 6.30, climb out of my coma and put on the central
heating, Leanne arrived on the red-eye flight from Perth this morning. It's
still dark when her taxi arrives. I laugh as she carrys her bag and two
(like 7ft) Beavis and Butthead cardboard cutouts up the Belmore walkway. Great
to have her here,the next 2 weeks will be fun. her first request is lunch at
the Blue Elephant...who are we to argue. Hope Scottie is down there, he finishes
up in a week and we'll miss him heaps. He's one of our favourites,he jumped up
as one of the dancers at Virgin Marys (Bar) last week and flashed his trash
along with Stella and Candy. So with his departure some of the fun that is
the Elephant will walk out the door with him, plus he makes a bloody good
It's almost midday and Melbourne has that glassy haze covering her body..ah
Winter. Hopefully Leanne will be out of the bathroom soon and we can get our
wakeup caffeine hit....I hear her, it's time to go. Take care readers, and
this week do one nice thing a day for someone. But only for this
week...you can be terrible the other 51 weeks in the year. Seeya PG
PS-The Diary Reader photos are flooding in, you still have a few more weeks
to send in a passport size photo with your name/city on the front. Dont
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