The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 17 August - 30 August 1998
Pick up my new VISA card, so shiny and new- nothing like a virgin card to
make you want to spend....but I am good, I control myself and hide it away
in my wallet. I'm trying not to be part of the cashless society.....I want
that "real" money in my wallet.
The antennae people arrive today- this strange German man and his son. He
gets totally confused and somehow pulls out miles of the optic fibre cables
instead of the old antennae. Mark catches him , he's just about to pull out
our main cable tv line. Phew- good save MG. This man is really confused
and he's meant to be top of the his pile. Found out he also did Nathan (ex
Enz managers house awhile back)....should of asked Nat if he had any
problems. I was waiting for him to get stuck between the houses on either
side, or to come crashing down through our roof like Santa on the turps! A
bit of a worry. Can't believe we even paid out $250 for this.The reception
is a bit better, except for the abc which is somehow worse. The really sad
part is that we wouldn't have to get this done if there wasn't talk of the
free stations being removed from the cable suplier.
Another stupid government idea. Finally if you live in an area that has
poor reception you can get great reception via your cable tv operator. No
extra charge...but the government wants to remove that option. Such
Keep searching for the perfect wardrobe for the Skyhooks shoot, now spend
my days at op shops, and reject stores and auction houses, there is nothing
like what we want. It's going to be a hard shoot. I smell.
As expected Clinton admits sexual misconduct and gives a confession to the
American people. Someone called Bill called the office from the States the
other day asking to waver copyrights on the Crowdies "Into
temptation"....for a minute there I thought Mr president was going to play
the clip instead of his "I did it" speech.
"You in your new blue dress,
covered in such a mess...
the white house is soft and warm
wouldn't do my opinion polls much harm"
Oh that's right thats the office version not the real version- sorry Neil...
lost my head for a minute
"You in your new blue dress, taking away my breath
the cradle is soft and warm, couldn't do me no harm"...
Just let the adulterous ol' bugger do his job. I'd love to know how many
Americans have affairs...then again maybe I wouldn't. Perhaps that's why
his ratings still so high! Over it!
"Try whistling this" slips out of the Aussie top 20, but only just #21. It
moves up a few spots in Melbourne town.
We head to St Kilda once again wardrobe hunting, find this great hidden
away Aladins Cave type place that has incredible chairs.....they are the
only ones in Australia...really strange and I decide they are perfect for
the balcony of the new house....I can't really describe them. Kind of
church pew-ish...but with the snail cone / Madonnas bra (end) on the carved
wood with some gold guilt...and seats are weathered crumbling ...too hard
They look like they were found near the Mars face. Real alienish (but not
in a sci fi way). In the end I use my cash, the few spare dollars from my
wage, and several other credit card areas. It all just adds up- I have great
chairs for the huge wooden balcony...but I now have $1.13 in my account.
Happy but depressed.
Cross the street and run into Dale Ryder- Boom Crash
Operas lead singer and he has his kid- Marlon on his back....nice to see
him, he looks kind of sad.
We head to an auction house and the wardrobes are ugly, we finally go to a
shop call Azibi who make one off furniture pieces....speak to Ruska. He's a
sweetheart and gives me a deal on the piece I need for the shoot. Finally-
hope its the right choice.
Spend the day tracking down Grant and the gang regarding the UK merchandise
deal, at this stage we still dont have the contracts ok'd....don't want the
usual last minute rush....I hate that.
Try Whistling This still has a few thousand units to go before it hits
platinum, but we are close. It's a slow crawl to the platinum mark- but
we'll get their.
Happy Birthday Rosemaree.......are we celebrating your birthday or how many
times you've turned 21 (grin).
We decide the best present is to shout her and her friend dinner at the Elephant
one of our fave waitors is on, he's just made the cover of MSO...we all
tease him and ask him to sign our copies. Everyone at the restaurant gives
him heaps- mean bastards we are.
Ruska is late with the wardrobe but the chairs arrive....the owner has had
about 3 other locals try to put deposits on them....but too late, all ours.
TWT platinum in New Zealand.
Grant only can give me the two European dates- 16th- The Crossing Border
Festival- Holland, and the 17th- Ancienne Belgique at Brussels- Crowdies
played their a few years back. Its only going to be a very small tour. No
doubt the Neil site will get dates as soon as we have them locked in.
Greg from Skyhooks drops in his pile of Hooks costumes, Powerhouse museum
returns all my bits and pieces....and we line up the shoot for Sunday. It's
the only day that John from Belmore can do it, he's a good photographer, we
just have to light it well. The "blue room"...which is also Dianne and
lodgings when they are in town also doubles as our film room.
Liam Finn wins a $50 bet with Grant- at Boulder (USA) AAA radio show. He
plays onstage in his mambo hat, goggles and red satin boxer shorts. He does
with the photographers and drapes a towel over him when he sits. (Good
polite upbringing)...I mention to Amanda on the tour that I'm sure he's
Paul Hesters love child.....! The antics are very Hesterish. Go Liam.(but
dont Go Nude).
Get in contact with Chris B. re: writing Neils biography for the UK Tour
programme. Hope we have enough time to get all this together. Always the
last minute. We can never get it together.
We work on the Neil Finn calendar with Spock, this 13 page full colour gem
will be available on the next sales area of the club newsletter. The roughs
Spock showed me look great. Love it.
Brekky at the Elephant with the gang, Beck has booked for Bali...she sounds
really tired and grumpy- a well deserved break. Time for her to recharge.
I could use some time off too....but Mark and my mates are staying here
while I head off for the tour. Wonder if Fran wants to escape....Russia
could be good?
Set up the room for the shoot- looks like a Glam Op Shop- Mary Anne
Pineapple head would kill to be left alone with these materials and
cossies....we'd never see them again. Skyhooks certainly gave Noel Crombie
and the Enz a run for their money in the costume department.
John turns up with his son Nick who is growing like a beanstalk...we do some
decent set ups....I alter the costumes every 6 shots.....Macainsh turns up
and moves into some control area- after he blows a few fuses. he's ok and
at least has some different input and ideas. We use a weird combination of
natural light bounced off a huge painted wall outside and our studio
lights- nice mix.
Wonder if I'm allowed for ARIA coverart of the year (grin). Will have to
encourage that one. Work on the shoot till the wee hours- long day.
Clear my emails and find one from Fran, she found a Blue Elephant in Paris
but the food was crappy, and over priced. Make a note not to go their to
Mail Sis's birthday present, Mum told me she needed socks, so I filled up a
huge box....she wont need socks for years now. Practical...thats me.
Libby from the Arts Museum calls by and they are working on an exhibition
on musical familys and want to do a piece on the Finns and Seymours, so
I'll be helping them with that. It will start mid November at the Melbourne
performing Arts Museum and run for a few months. We'll tell you more info
when we have it.
OK the rumours are true- I did get Scary Spice and Posh Spice pregnant.
Thats the real reason I wasn't on the Neil Finn USA tour...I had "other
duties" to fulfil.......I hope the babies don't end up with 10' high
booties. But they'll have my great cheekbones....and you can all tell your
friends you know who the real father is! Peter Spice.
Work on some ideas for our much talked about New years Eve party here at home.
Looks like I'll be putting together a band...The Space Cadets, had a few
phone calls from various band people...it's a celebrity lineup.....the
party is going to be called "The last great costume Party.....Austin Powers
It's THE party to go to .....hope the house doesn't get trashed.No costume,
Happy birthday Erika from America...its been another year already......hope
you had a very special day. They broke the mould with Erika. A one-off.
Heard that Liam and Neil both came back off the tour bus to have a photo
taken with her-
love those Finns.
The press hassle me all day about the Neil not being allowed nominations at
the ARIAS. They were dying for a fight...didn't happen. Neils comments were
exactly what I said- Australia IS his second home, and it's sad but what
can you do.
Pisses me personally a bit-I know how the Arias reallyed wanted Neil and
the Crowdies etc many times, butt kissing....wonder how long Kylie lived in
Australia and if her album was recorded here....that just came to me, I'm
probably wrong.....if they have such strict guidelines they should simply
make it nothing BUT Australians......no kiwis, no Tasmanians (OK bad taste
joke- sorry Tassie- just kidding)........there really are more important
things that should be focused on -like parallel imports, lack of Australian
artists getting airplay, the crumbling live scene, and the lack of Aussies
in the charts. If all of these things keep up, the ARIAS will have nothing
to celebrate. Smell the coffee guys. ARIA SMARIA!
Call into EMi and they give us the C.House Recurring Dream display, it lights up
and is incredible...like a piece of art. We'll give it away in a club contest.
Next stop Mushroom, the Enz sheet music artwork is nearly completed (finally)
so that will be printed soon.
Meryl Bainbridge wants Paul to drum for her on the upcoming 2nd album tour-
Paul declines. He 's (Paul) off to Tennant Creek with Blackfires Grant
Hanson for a gig and a protest. Looks like LLT will record their album in
early 1999. The guys will be doing a special show at The Espy...on
halloween, tickets available via the club and the Espy. All our mates are
coming down, should be another event.
Give up trying to find Jj, he's never at Revolver....tried to call him to
let him know that we are going to meet USA author Poppy Z Brite- she's
dropping into Prahran and has promised to read a new small story called
"Nailed", it'll probably end up in the short story book, coming out later
on. She's nothing like what we expected, her hair is no longer Gothic
Black- it's brown and she;'s very short. She looks like normal
America....but she's nice and friendly and wants to see my Gryphon tattoo
(which i decline because I'm wearing so much clothing- its still winter in
Melbourne). Signs a book for me....I like her stuff, the latest one I'm
reading is "Drawing Blood" which isn't a mind fuck like "Corpse" was.
We have dinner at Alternative and the manager of Hares and Hyenas is next
to us and tells us that Poppys husband AND mother came along with her to
Mark still has his cold so I want to get home early. A few hours later I
have the sysmptons of his cold bug and feel like crap....herbal cure is not
working too well on this one.
Work on the next club mailout. Due to be mailed early September, just
before I leave, can see myself carrying a bag full of Newsletters to
She will have her way will arrive at some Aussie retail stores today.
Should be in all stores by Monday and Tuesday next week. Nick Seymour calls
and is having his farewell party tonight- cop out because of this flu
thing, but i'll see him overseas in a few weeks time.
A postcard arrives from Neil in America (thanks Amanda) and suprise Tim (Finn)
send a note and a snap of his baby boy Harper. Tims off to America soon to
continue work on his solo cd. Will put Harper pix in the Newsletter too.
Happy Birthday Sis....wow 27. I'm getting old!!!
Melissa truns up while I'm having some exotic bath (grin)....love it when
my friends wash my back....very Cleopatra. They hate it when I dress them
as FemBots from the Austin Powers Movie. But hey what are friends for-
thankfully I DONT have Austins teeth!
Love that scene when Austin has all the Fembots seducing him and he turns
himself off by screaming "Margarent Thatcher naked, Margaret Thatcher
(kind of cool because in that part of the movie they played The Divinyls "I
touch myself"). Melissa wears her Fem Bot outfit to dinner, I am wearing my
thermal undies over my ripped jeans and MG has on his Vulcan ears (reminder Nic)
Melissa is in charge of building this new country hosue in 1999...our group
are all financing it- it's bizarre looking, and will be the much needed
great escape. It's her baby and we'll all retire their!! (grin).
Go to the video store and rent Austin Powers....just to get ideas about the
new years party! I am refusing to be Dr Evil! We then watch our friend
Robbies new project "The Fluffy Ones"...it's one of my secret projects so I
can't say anymore but watch out Japan, you're out target audience!
Get to bed at 2.00.
Wake up and find Mark haunched over the computer working on one of his
Rolling Stones wish lists. Get side tracked by faxes and a call from Neils
Bec calls from the Elephant- she is early , I'm late....hey we've reversed
our roles. Looks like being a nice day- Melbourne's weather is great.
The new Elephant cook fucks (hey my first swear word this issue) Becs
brekky and she gets it for free!
Rosemaree takes me to Xavier and we do some copying for the mailout, her
new office is great, nice and airy. We're glad Mindy the cat is ok, I think
Rosemaree missed the cat as much as the cat missed her.
get home and we have organic tea in the plant room, it's now warm enough to
sit there, which is great. Greg from the Hooks calls and we try to work out
the track listing for the new Hooks cd....
Wow Spy is here in a week- can't wait. So much fun will be had.
Still washing all my clothes from the move, finally they are all done, I'll
probably bring back several loads from the UK leg.
Neil and Amanda send the corrections for the Programme, Grant gives me his,
it's slowly coming together....the tour is getting closer.
I'm not going to be answering any emails for a month- so please DO NOT send any
after September 9th. Deb can't pass them on, and they won't be answered,
we'll make mention when it's ok to email again....it was just crazy to come
back from the tour last time to that many, and impossible to
answer.......all emails arriving from 9th will be trashed
automatic...sorry [ed note: actually they just won't go through, and maybe I'll set up an autoresponder reminding folks of that, and maybe not. :) ].
You can still send in snail mail, but please avoid email.
Deb tells me there are a handful of Neil Finn website badges left (with
Liams photo of Neil on them) plus it supports the site which is cool. check out the merch page if you are after one.
Take care everyone and I'll probably put up the next Diary update just
before I depart and then hopefully from different locations on the
road.Will fill you in on all the gossip...keep checking the site, it might
even end up being weekly.....(sorry Deb).....we'll see.
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