The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 1 February - 15 February 1998
Feb 1st 1998
Brekky at the Elephant with the usual crew. Melissa turns up and we decide to
head down to St Kilda in the afternoon. It's a Sunny Melbourne Day- crystal
clear skys and the air around Belmore is full of the scent of Jasmin in
full bloom. Hopefully Hessie and the LLT boys will be down at St Kilda
support for their Brothers & Sisters. It's the annual Midsumma Pride March.
By the time we get there the streets are packed full of people, car parking
is a nightmare, so I pull the Grey Ghost into the nearest street, park
illegally and put a "new tenant" sign on the car window, I'll risk a fine
if it means not
fighting this traffic. We line up and purchase our Stick with Wik
supporters arm band. Next it's to the St Kilda Park, full of people. The
line dancers are tapping away, meet an old Frenz member who is now a
marshall. A huge mix of colour and movement. Originally we were going to do
what the other 25,000 people
were doing- watch the Pride march from the street and sling back a cold
one and cheer everyone on. Somehow we ended up IN the Pride March. Melissa
one group who had a really cute teddy bear on a pole. I pointed out to Mel
that she didn't really qualify as a Melbourne Bear. 1/ She didn't have a
hairy chest or a moustache. 2/ She was a woman! We ended up jumping in with
a brunette drag queen and the gang from a very hip Richmond pub-DT's. The
parade itself has swelled to about 15,000 people marching, and another
35,000 supporting it.
We all end up at the beach, with "Don't dream it's Over" spewing forth from Joy
FMs speakers...and the 7ft Drag Queen sitting near us singing along. Seemed
to work and maybe we should of used her for the Video Clip. We run into
french photographer and he shows us the short cuts back to the car- which
thankfully has NO parking ticket. What a fun day.
Fiona arrives back in Melbourne today. She originally worked at the Enz office
and we hit it off from day one. We were wicked, extremely silly and turned
the Enz office into a fun place to work. The Enz manager Nathan at the time
could not control us- he tried hard. He'd no sooner be on a plane overseas
and Fi &
myself would be raiding Nath's Seventies wardrobe-spending the day trying
to outdo each other in crass clothes that would have the cast of "Boogie
begging to wear them. Nathan had his own Teddy bear called...."Teddy" (gee whiz)
and part of our job descriptions were to look after Teddy. Teddy had his
own seat at the Music awards- Teddy had his own two piece suit made from
the same Enz material that the boys wore on the Kia kaha Tour....at the
brink of madness Teddy even had his OWN seat on the plane! Enough we cried
and decided that we
(who rarely got pay rises) wanted to take it out on Teddy. Sooooooo Fi and
myself sneaked into Nathans room and posed for photos with Teddy. Teddy
hanging out the window by his leg from the 30th floor, Teddy head down the
mounting Teddy on the coffee table, Fiona biting teddys nose....Teddy squashed
into the freezer area of the bar fridge. We were bad to Teddy!!!! So when Nathan
ever pissed us off (not that frequently) we'd run to Fiona's desk and get
out the Teddy snaps (for our private viewing)....for some reason this put a
far more optimistic view on life. We hope we didn't leave too many scars on
Anyway Fi left the Enz office in '85 and was going overseas for 5 months, she
saw a sign at some port of call asking for a cook onboard a small yacht.
She applied, got the job, married the handsome 1st mate and now lives in
Marjoca with 2 great kids. I've got together with her on occasions but this
was the first time for many years.
Happy Birthday Tania. Hope Jake gives you a good present.
Bird (aka Wayne delisle) from Mental as Anything arrives today. He is the
curator for the Mentals III exhibition. Catch up with him at The Gallery
Mark and myself help them unload the Mentals art, the whole 150 pieces.
This gallery will work well, nice and open and a second level. Should just
be enough room.
Rosemaree calls and asks if we need a hand- god bless her- one of the few
friends to offer, i thought that was nice of her.
Have coffee at the Elephant and one of the waiters tells me he lives at
Shirley Grove, near the other entrance to Neils old mansion. His name is
Spend the morning vacumning the home office and the rest of the apartment,
it's looking good. The office seems to be ready to explode,stuff
Laura who also worked at the Enz office turns up early with her three kids, Fi
and Soren and their two. Decide that a picnic under the Apple Trees (the
highest branch of the apple tree, was my favourite place to be)...lock the
big side gate and the kids run riot all afternoon. We must of looked like
reminiscing about people, tours and bad jokes. Nice afternoon.
Get a phone call that Nick is still in Ireland and can't make it to the
Mentals III show- which is a bummer as I was hoping he would talk to Reg
Mombassa about the "Nicks art calendar" idea.
Nicole in the states emails her ticket choices for the Hessies Shed shows,
the ticket orders are rolling in, special guests are being worked out and
we hope that 'you know who" will be a special guest. The club price for
tickets is really good $10 and this includes booking fee. If you leave it
after Feb 18th then fans will have to pay full price from ticketmaster and
Get the rest of my press stuff happening for the Gallery show, Francis
Leach from Triple J ("Creatures of the spotlight") gets his car slammed by
on the way to interview the guys, Graham from the Sun just doesn't show, which
puts me in a fine mood...actually i'm not too freaked, the gallery and
office have had heaps of calls and we have a record number of RSVP's for
tonights opening night party.
We get there early just to make sure things are rolling, they have fallen
behind a bit,no price lists yet but the art is on display. From 6.00 on the
dot people start rolling in. Laura with her new pearls is first, the
Cardwells are next, various band people wander in, and an hour later it's a
Melbourne's King Of Pop- Dave Graney gives the opening speech, goes over
well and he does a bit of suburb "bating"...Frankston cops a serving. They
end up selling more art then Sydney, I purchase a piece called
"Suitcase"...it looks familiar and then i find out that Dog trumpet used it
on one of their cd covers.
It looks like something Neil could use on a cd single. I covered all areas
with the invites, band people from the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties.
Mushroom spends half the night saying Hi to people, she knows them all. I
lose half a stone running up and down the stairs putting red dots on sold
art and taking names. Rebecca and her Mum turn up, she brings one of The
Seekers with her, nice enough guy. The Crombie clan turned up- Noel ,Sally
and the kids...its great to see them all out together. I was over the moon
to see James Freud at the opening. Most people know James from being a
member of The Models, he co-penned a few of their major hits. I knew him
years before when he was a solo artist-worked with him for awhile and he
had the #1 hit "Modern Girl". he's lost weight and looks as handsome as
ever- I think he's back in the studios with the Models working on a new
album. Great that he's moved back to Melbourne. Now if we can just get him
to give up golf!
Fran and the girls were heading to the Elephant and said they'd keep a
table for us, we ended up getting there 2 hours later, I walk in the door
and Scotty says "their upstairs minding your spot". It's nice to sit down
after the opening and try to chill out, end up not eating much still too
hyper. It's like doing a gig.
The Elephant staff are really sweet and do everything but rub my feet ( I
should of asked). I wonder why Paul didn't make it to the exhibition, he's
a good buddy of the Mentals. Great to see Arloe (ex-CH roadcrew member)
with his new baby.
Arloe a dad...bizarre. (and brilliant).
Speak to Hessie and they didn't make it because Sunday had a cold, stayed
at home and looked after her. Have brekky at the Galleon with the Mentals
and their manager Skip. They ask if I want to do the promotion for their
next album- could be fun as they were a dream to work for on this project.
Paul ,Sunday and Mardi turn up, Paul has this great thing that he does- he
walks up and rubs my shoulders.......love it! It's like a quick unexpected
massage. Great brekky, all my friends and bands are gossips.
Get some great recipe's from Dominic Tolli from the USA- have to try
"Gene's Stew" for dinner tonight.
Hester and the Largest Living Things are playing at the Evelyn tonight. I
think the last week of work for the exhibition has worn me out- have lost
the vibe and
I would love to stay at home and sleep...naturally i'll go, hey it's my band
and besides they are playing so incredibly well. Kevin has promised a great
long set, with some new songs as well.
Mark, Bec and myself drive over to Brunswick St, and find a park near the gig.
We arrive early and Kevin is the only person there......the rest turn up
minutes later, a bit pissed off because the support band is running 15
Loads of familiar faces, Fran , Sonia, her sister, Lara and all the rest of
the "Original LLT gang" are there, two girls from Sydney (Alison and
friend) are at the show. Buy a Super 8 camera to offset the video footage,
nice to have something rough- the only problem is that each cartridge only
runs for 3 minutes......! Film from side stage, Mark films from the
front......and the band kick arse.The crowd are dancing, like really going
for it- I catch my second wind and get off on the smiling ,dancing punters.
When Paul left the Crowdies many people said that he would drift off into
cafe/TV society or simply not be able to get it together because of his
'supposed" pot problem. It's with total
joy that gigs like this really prove how wrong some people are. Over the
past 6 months ,95% of the time Paul has been a true joy to work with- and
Shed shows will be the icing on the cake. The band entered the studios to
work on a further 5 tracks for the 2nd cd, they are now up to a possible
LLT are having fun, maintaining control and it is building.
As a footnote, the second cd is expected out around March 1st- the
additional songs have delayed it by a week, however, if club members order
an advance copy
then they get it for the advertised price. Later on the price will go up, as it
looks closer to being an album not a 2nd ep. So if you haven't ordered the 2nd
Hellbent LPCD (long playing CD...ok we made that up)...then now is the time
to do it.
The gig works well, sadly because of the support band going over time, the
band have to forfeit an encore, despite loud calls from the Punters. Bed is
calling me,so I head off.....but what's this...there is a member of The
Seekers in my car, how did he get there......what strange cologne he has
on, drop him off at
his luxurious Sth Yarra Penthouse apartment........get home and still wired
from the great LLT gig.....sleep by no
PS- Paul wore red nailpolish, I wore dangerGirl metalic blue! For those of
you who asked on the night.
I like to ride my high horse,
his name is dapple grey
the more you push, the more I prod
because I'm here to stay.
(written with The Fauves "Don't get death threats anymore" playing loud in
Hear from Sony/Columbia, Tim's Steel City cd single arrives. The liner note
from Tim reads "I absolutely had no brief or directive to write a song
especially for Dein's production "Steel City", it really just happened. I
was down the South Coast of NSW watching the Newcastle Knights V's Manly
ARL Grand Final. I had the sound of the tv turned right down and I found
myself jamming along to this big,
bone crunching game, with my guitar. It just happened, and that's how the
song was born." T.F.
It's that time again for some favourites and most hideous awards.
Fave Books- "Finding Out" (Ian Roberts,Paul Freeman), "The Stake"-Richard Laymon (thanks Richard and Marilyn)
Fave Cds- Lisa Loeb- Firecracker, Ammonia's new cd (out soon)
Fave accessory-red lensed micro sun glasses..in metal case.
Fave Event- Midsumma Festival-Melbourne, Mentals III Gallery opening.
Fave Tv Show- This Life- ABC (WED).
Fave Movie- Boogie Nights
Creep of the year- Gee I wonder who that could be........don't tempt me (grin)
Use a Xmas gift voucher to pick up some new black 501's....Denise does the
alterations for free. Dougald comes with us to the Jeans shop. he's back at
school now, doing adult classes, after the Supertramp Tour. He doesn't
really want to tour anymore......Neil has asked him out on his solo tour.
For selfish reasons I hope Dougald changes his mind as he is great on the
road- Doug and Bill and Skip my three fave road people. Would be brilliant
if all three do the tour- I think Bill will pass on t as he has a new baby
on the way too.
Send Deb a cassette of The Largest Living Things playing a live acoustic
verison of "Kare Kare" this will go up on the LLT website soon.
get my first valentines Day present from Jen...still trying to work out
exactly what i do with it......!
No sign of Tims baby yet, sometime over the next 2 weeks. (we think)
Half price movie day- go see Alien Resurrection before it finishes, six out
of 10, but the Alien swimming scene is pretty good.Glad we didn't pay full
Paul gets a call from the Oils, Rob Hirst has blown out a few shows because
the Pneumonia he got in the States keeps knocking him around. Paul has
about 6 hours to learn all those Oil songs, poor Mardi was driving around
trying to find an Oils cassette of the best Of for Paul to listen to on the
plane. The show went really well, first a Wiggle now an Oil......versatile.
I remember when Paul bumped Rob Hirst off the #1 spot for "Best Australian
Drummer" in the Rolling Stone Magazine Readers Poll. Rob had always been
drummer.....so Paul phoned up and with some good natured "baiting"passed on
his condolences.They are good mates.
Jenny Morris calls- about some business for May. She sounds good and will
work on her next solo cd soon.
Quite a few emails coming in from Crowdies fans with their 8 suggestions for
the Essentials cd- if it ever happens. I'm going to pass them all onto
Neil, in the hope that some rare tracks will be added, hope it doesn't end
up being another re-hash. Neil flys out on Monday, but he's back for Pearl
The LLT studio - The Lodge 2- has a new 24 multitrack machine, it was
originally in Johnny Farnhams studio-Gotham -and they have been selling it
off, so we grabbed it. Apparently it's a good one and this will help with
the recording of
many new LLT songs. Good investment. Kevin (LLT) and Kass now have a girl
to add to their growing family- cute little Ruby.
Hassle Gaslight to pay up the money they owe LLT for their cds, its been months,
and they keep asking for stock but have taken this long to pay for the
first batch. Pay the piper first guys.
Gaslight payed up, probably cost me $10 in phone calls and faxes to get
this $60. Speak to the office and try to find out some rough time frame for
Neils solo shows, nothing is confirmed yet.
Toija turns up for brekky and Jj is a no show. We book our tickets to see
her boyfriend Marco's opening night Opera. He has the lead, she is so
proud- really sweet. We stir her a bit about being pissed at the
Exhibition. All in good fun.
Emails and letters still roll in over the Ig. affair- nothing but good,
nice to see Lynns post "making amends" on the digest, she's been pretty
understanding and fair, Deb has been great, in fact so many people have- i
think i'll christen them the "silent majority"....the usual handful making
noise. Enough said.
Spend the evening mailing out the Enz/Swingers Cd singles. Mushroom tells
me that 70% have already been sold- we've outsold Paul Kelly who was
the month when his cd reissue came out "To her door". Go Enz.
Have just found out from a club member that the Largest Living Things
website has now passed Deadstar for the number of hits, in half the time.
It's probably due to Deadstar being absent at the moment. We have been told
that the Deadstar
gang are having another album. The LLT site is located at http//www.frenz.com/LLT. if you want to check out Deadstar just subsitute deadstar for LLT. Thanks for your support on both of these sites.
You old romantic things- you know what day it is- Valentines Day. I
received some funny cards this year...you guys know me too
well.....chocolates from a
select few. The Gryphon was shot with St Valentines arrow ages ago, mid flight,
and came crashing down to earth....in lurve!
OK I'm a romantic, this is not a new age guy thought; romance lives, and
it's fucking great. Flowers are great- I hate carnations, love sun flowers,
big spiky plants and dried up roses, death lillys and huge thick bush like
A touch is as good as a huge pash, a slow strip far better then a total nude
trampoline backflip. More is less and less is more........and we all want more!
Have a great Valentines day....and why chocolates on Valentines Day? It's a test
if the one that says he/she loves you can love you with the excess weight
and pimples from the chocolates then they must really love you (wink).
The 10th Midsumma festival is nearing the end for another year. The finale'
will be "Carnival". Today we are heading to Melbourne's Alexandria Gardens
with our picnic lunch and a gaggle of friends. Carnival is the jewel in
a day of celebration...and afternoon delights.
There are stalls, and Dykes on Bikes, Politicians and artists playing on 3
stages,something foreveryone. The Queen of the Prom- Barbara Quicksand will
host Wigstock......Dulcie De Jour will again host the annual Dog Show (ever
seen a drag pooch?) and we wont even comment on the Lube Wrestling, there
is a handbag
throwing competition where we are told that "poise and glamour are essential".
So hopefully we will survive it and be back again in time for the next
Diary entry...or we'll become Miss Candee's house boys.
See ya all. PG
PS-Congratulations to Jo Ann Simmons for being the successful bidder for
the Famous for 16 signed Tshirt....it will go out soon.Thanks a lot.
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