The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 4 October - 17 October 1999
Australia Post puts up it's postage rates today.....the only thing that
stays the same are standard envelopes throughout Australia, all the overseas
parcels go up by as much as 20%.... and the service has dropped!
Get some new Crowded House cover art from Grant, none of them excite us,
they just don't seem to be like the other covers....they are missing that
Crowded House "X" factor, so they will probably be rejected.
Nick Seymour calls, really great to hear from him, he's in the studio in
Wales recording JUNIPER.
Mostly we talk about artwork, he dragged me out of the bath, so I'm talking
on the phone for an hour- soaking wet with the worlds smallest
towel.....covering the worlds biggest.................EGO!
Anyway it was just great- he still is Nick- having fun, enjoying life. Will
be good to have him back early next year.
Spend the day creating designs for "treetops" my rainforest "perch"
(treehouse). Have this fantastic book which is "back to basics" and it gives
you all those bush survival and building techniques (skills).... so I have
this idea and as soon as we get to the bush escape, we'll be doing a bit of
serious building. It's almost a meditation platform, 20 foot high amongst
Have one of Neil's signed tour tshirts for Deb for the upcoming Frenz.com
auction. The auction should be coming up soon.....no doubt it will be
mentioned on Frenz.com.
Speak to Eddie Rayner our Enz keyboardist in NZ. he's been working on this
old Enz song with Tim for the Americas cup launch. Ed found the song on an
Enz 1978 cassette. he's added all these brass bands and cultural singers etc
to it.....sounds bizarre- don't think it will be a "release" only done for
Email all our media areas re: Split Enz....so the "gig is on" info will
start appearing everywhere.
Still waiting on the ticket date- was meant to be the 18th october but it
could be 22nd.
Feel great today- have been getting a lot of work done, just happy all
Back at the art studio- quite a few people dropping in, mostly art students.
Craig drops in so we head to the pub, the lift operators love it when I have
a liquid lunch as I'm so sensible every other moment I'm in there.
Find a great spot looking out onto St Kilda Rd, in the lounge upstairs. Just
gossip with Craig- good fun.
Neil makes the final nominations today in Australia's Peoples Choice Awards-
they usually have some daggy horror like John Farnham winning....boring.
Bic's manager Campbell calls by, drops into the studio and we do all the
bank paperwork- Bic Runga may have a new single next month- make a note to
give her a call.
I like Campbell, he is a dream to work for- as far as a manager goes- just
lets me "do my thing",
which is appreciated.
Steve Kilbey from The Church was busted in NYC for buying heroin at Alphabet
City- and he had to do a days community work cleaning trains.
Spend the day cleaning the house with Mark- must mean his Mum is coming
down....it's rare to see him with a vacumn cleaner in his hand.
Heard from an old girlfriend Peggy, who is a scientist in the States....she
is thinking of moving into Forensics, it was good to hear from her.
Haven't heard from Hester for weeks- god knows what LLT are up to, I've
stepped back, they can find me when they are actually doing
something....hopefully they have been recording?
Have brekky with Rosemaree at Babble, she hasn't been their before...the
boys are extra nice to her. It's super busy everyone is trying for our
Wow next weekend the Frankston BiElection is on....I just know Kennett will
get his arse kicked, it just depends on how much.
Happy Birthday Sally...manage to finally call her and she was
Toija drops by and cuts Mark's hair, we give her a huge pile of flowers-
don't see her enough, shes a good friend.
Missing Bic in N.Z. so I give her a call and we chat for way too long....god
I miss her, will have to head to N.Z. soon. Her sister Boh is in STELLAR and
they have the #1 album this week.
We head to the Four Wheel Drive show as the Holden people were going to give
me a special deal on the upcoming new automatic Holden Jackeroo- four wheel
drive. Totally luxury- heated seats for when we head to the snow....extra
"grunt" for when I move all those fence poles etc around the farm. The Four
wheel drive show is packed, Mark panics when he finds me in the Holden
dealers "office" convinced that I had just put a new Jackeroo on my Amex
card. I was only getting a quote- really, the car isn't out for 2 months. I
have 4 weeks worth of stockmarket work coming up, so I guess that's where
the pay will go.
Head home in our 1962 Holden....it still "talks" when we drive her but get's
us from A to B.
Quote for the day "A good fox hunts far from the burrow".
Hairball gets a "cat dancer" from Wilbur,Lucy and Prizzi in Texas,
We didn't think she'd go for it, the last cat toy was a disaster- a fake fur
tail on a battery operated ball, Hairball just walked away from it- the guy
who sold it to us conned us- "EVERY cat
will love this..." he obviously had never met Miss H.Ball.
However the Cat Dancer, was HUGE.....Hairball loved it- just wanted to play
all day. It's such a simple thing- some wire with some small strips of wood
on the end...springs about....I worked it out-it looks like a moth!
Think I'm calling the property BEENAMI...not sure why, just loved the name.
Haven't told Ben yet, Mark says "whatever".
Think I found some more cover-art for the upcoming Crowdies
rarities.....depends if Neil likes it.
Head to the studio and the ticket machine at Prahran station ripps me off,
so I board the plane and refuse to buy a ticket. In the city I confront
security and refuse to payout anymore money- they give in and let me walk
through. They kept handing me heaps of paper work...no way not for $2.30.
My preview copy of OTHER ENZ arrives, came out really well, now just to get
a few signatures on the covers and they will be mailed out in a week (or
so). Can't believe this project has been completed, it's taken 3 years.
Missing Vali so I put on Tightrope Dancer the doco. and in the end about 15
art students all sit around watching it.
Work work work...get another issue ready, churning them out. Notice I get a
mention as the Enz press person in Beat magazine. It goes around the
Mushroom send some new artwork for a NZ c.dsingle- "I see red"/"History
never repeats"....NZ release only. It's really to get interest on NZ radio.
No release date yet.
Hassle Grant for a platinum award for Recurring Dream, told him we should
get one as it's now sold somewhere between 500,000 and 600,000 in Australia.
Which means it is in the top 10 biggest selling local c.ds here.
Blow out our meeting with artist Robbie Porritt, too flat out, the office is
running like a well oiled machine. Grant likes some of our artwork
suggestions , so the cover is back on track again.
I seriously doubt we will meet out Nov.15th release date.
Tell Mark that next year I am going to work for Kylie Minogue. We'll see.
mark has given me a list of things I can not talk about while his Mum
stays.....all the standards-
bondage, erotic stuff, Lara the tractor, Marks secret girlfriend,
...naturally I don;t agree and hold him hostage.....make me a cuppa or I'll
tell your Mum about the tractor!!!!!!!!! He does.
Military takeover at Pakistan, this could be scary- too many countries in
that area with their fingers on the "nuke 'em" button....
A girl calls Yoka just quit artschool and wanders into the studio....kind of
a few Vali videos and talks art and leaves feeling happy. My good deed.
Mark orders a huge pile of new dvd's....we've hit 100! "Something wicked
this way comes" was not on the list anymore.....I want that dvd. Must be
coming up again soon. Half of them are movies that haven't been released in
Australia yet- Blair witch project, Election, and a very cheap priced
Have too much to eat today, think my stomach is shrinking, Mark tells me I
eat less then Lara
(I thought he meant the tractor)....oh the person.
get home and put together some snacks- Rosemaree,Tania and Becky turn up, so
we all have drinks on the balcony with the candles burning....really fun
night. We talk about the upcoming
Republica vote.....I just want the Queen out- I hate that English side of
Australia, makes me puke, fuck the royals. Australia is just the best and
if it can't stand on it's two feet now, it never will.
I notice just so many OLD people want us to stay with the monarchy, or
really boring straights who have no vision. Sure there will be heaps of
fuckups but a country is as strong as it's people and shouldn't be tied to
England- time to cut the strings-roll on the Republic.
Margaret and Allan arrive today really great to see them, Mark is so
"polite" when his Mums around (grin)....guess we all are.
So I'm back cooking again dear diary, whipping up gourmet treats, spinning
the knives and getting all those balances of herbs "just right".
Rosemaree drops in and we head off to The Astor to see Aliens Resurrection
and Stars Wars (PM)
in a very packed cinema. Glad we have our access ticket book- we don't have
to line up. Good to go out, even if Rosemaree's choc-top exploded!
Sleep in the old futon tonight, yes I've surrendered my bed over.
Toss and turn all night.....too many thoughts.
Up early and we take everyone shopping. Mark panics as a girl in a Crowded
House Corner Hotel shirts walks my way , Mark tells me to hide! Not sure
Buy three tubs of Garzania's, they are great such huge orange flowers when
the suns out- they go to sleep at night.
Buy the paper and Jeff Kennett's finger hold on being premier of Victoria is
slipping. The Liberals had their sorry arses kicked in the Frankston East
election, 8%+ swing to Labour- am extremely happy. I know Kennett will try
every legal avenue to hold onto power, one can hope he will just give in and
go away. If anyone is stupid enough to believe that he has been humbled and
is a changed man they are fooled VERY easy, you'd need some serious sand
blasting to remove this leopards spots.
While I was cooking I hear a Brisbane band LAVISH on Triple J....really
great- kind of Suede meets
Placebo. They have a great c.d. out called POLAROID. Cool band.
Mark and family are watching L.A. Confidential, I'm on the computer and
totally "all cooked out".....
Grant emails me a new Crowdies cover- a combination of the stuff I've sent
him, looks ok....hope we got for it....just so the Rarities c.d gets into
production. I love this c.d.
It's a quick F/16 diary , the next one will be more juicy I promise. Thanks
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