The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 28 February - 11 March 2000
Having a chat to the bank manager when who should walk past but Dugald from
our crew. Very tanned and buff from all that surfing. Decide to catch up for
a coffee ten minutes later. His first day back at school as an "adult
student' and the tutor doesn't show up....such is the education system in
Have to rush home for a meeting with the script writers for this movie
project....think this is the third bunch of writers...probably normal around
such projects. Venny is today's writer, nice guy
and we get sidetracked several times. The rabbit just decides it's time to
eat the doormat during the pinnacle of our 'think tank"...rather distracting
and really odd.
"What is that"? "Oh just the rabbit eating the doormat".
Hope they let the psycho Seeker fan out of jail soon as we need more door
mats. Long story....
Head to Rosemaree's to help her move, Fran has already done a huge chunk. We
are there for some
heavy things and Marky is trying to fix her reception etc. My main fear was
finding Rosemaree buried under all her stuff...what a magpie! (: Just as
much our fault- we gave her a chunk of it.
Well Neil is creeping up on the Glastonbury Festival top 10- thanks to all
of you who have been voting...still on for a few more weeks. He is now #3
To vote- http://www.glastonbury-festival.co.uk maybe cast a vote for
Crowded House too.
He is back in NZ anyday now...have no idea if he has a new manager yet,
guess that takes time.
I still think it's more likely August/September for the next solo
cd.....first Aussie gig back is part of the Byron bay blues festival in
April (24th?). An odd show to do.....
Wake up to find Neil sitting at #2 in the Glastonbury voting....only
Hawkwind are ahead...which is kind of weird, but they are a big festival
band I hear. 60 votes needed, I know how passionate the fans can be....good
that everyone is so united on this. Even if Glastonbury doesn't happen
because of other commitments it still helps get Neil to the Uk sooner then
later.....results like this just tempt the promoters a bit more.
My grapevine tells me that the drummer from Regurgitator could well be in
Neil's live band...guess it depends on what the Gurge are up to. All heresay
at this stage.
There seems to be an amazing amount of heroin on the streets, spotted
several hypo's on the way to clear the mail today. Hopefully the injecting
houses will cut this sort of thing down. One less needle on the street is
one less for some poor bastard to stand on.
Walked down Cato street and the Police were arresting someone smacked
out.....felt kind of sad for him....which I shouldn't I guess . Smack is
Mark lets out a huge bellow (like Miss Candee) when the fedex man arrives
with "the parcel"...yes DVD heaven. Thanks Video cave NYC......two days to
get 10 dvds to Oz...amazing. A combination of
releases, 200 cigarettes to DICK. We actually enjoyed dick (that sounds
rather suss)...we actually enjoyed watching dick (am I just burying
myself),....the dick dvd was good. I give up...
the best part IS the ending...where Nixon is taking off in his helicopter
and the two girls are on the roof of their home with this giant banner
reading "You suck Dick..." as Nixon flys above them...
School yard humor but it's good to have a chuckle over.
We decide to hold onto 200 Cigarettes so Fran, Lara and the guys can come
Well it's midnight right on the dot...and Neil just hit the #1 spot on the
voting. Heaps of emails are coming in from around the globe, it's like
winning a Grammy! Cool.
After breakfast I run into Bernie from the Continental....he really wants
Tim to play there again.
I think it would be good for Tim to launch SAY IT IS SO at the Conty as
there is talk of a real Aussie release of the cd. Tim arrives into Sydney
today to perform with the Wiggles on their version of "Six months in a leaky
Have totally destroyed the mouse on our Imac....hassle the Mac shop to get
me a new one in.
Heard from the Crombies, told Noel that I am taking some of the Enz costumes
to the upcoming Camberwell collectors fair...the club has a table at the
Fair (its on March 26th- Camberwell Civic Centre) and its a chance for fans
to have a look at the costumes up close and maybe get a picture wearing
Neils stage jacket etc.
Tonight's Indigo Girls gig was cancelled, one of them has became ill, Ben
was working at the show
and scored some tickets for Fran and myself.......watch cable instead.
Miss July calls and is enjoying her photoshoot in New Guinea......I hope she
doesn't get a rash wearing coconut bikini's!!!
Mardi Gra on tonight- it rains at the start, as is the way...and per usual
dickhead Fred Nile never gets his wish, it ends up being a balmy night.
Absolute god award goes to Ewan mcGregor with his freshly dyed hair and well
eyelined ..eyes. Looks like he stepped out of Velvet Goldmine....and he was
so humble- just loved the floats and parade without flogging his work. He
was in party mode and kind of floated off the screen........I'll have some
of what he was having (opps).
Vanessa Wagstaff was great- and it takes balls (no pun) to be a drag queen
on tv and enjoy life and point out that she was hiv positive. Makes you stop
moaning a bit over pissy day to day things
......just get on with it!
The fireworks was amazing, Sydney was lit up like a roman candle...god knows
how it looked through Ewans eyes-spectacular I guess. Good to see that some
of the Dykes on Bikes looking
great in some costumes..........the 6 foot walking penis was rather
bizarre....and Molly- our rock guru up there in front of the Marching Boys
shaking his thing (not THAT thing, I mean his shakers).
Tonights DVD was Stir of Echoes with pumped up Kevin Bacon.....and I only
hid twice. A bit scary and Kevin was good. Shouldn't of been a flop at the
movies, it was ok. Christ knows (he does) there are a lot worse movies out
there. Worth renting if you are too chicken to buy.
Happy Birthday Mum.
Considering she has been so aggrophobic she is never at home. Finally track
her down at Sis's place......calls me her favourite son. I am her only son!
I make her suffer and sing that birthday song...
A friend calls and tells me that there is a good chance that they will be
making "Queen of the damned" -the follow up to the "Interview with the
vampire" movie ...here in Melbourne. Both Jj and myself have agreed to go up
against Tom Cruise....who is making a return as Lestat.
Popstars tv real life soap Opera is doing well, Grant will be happy. It's
now the #3 show in Australia. I'm happy for Grant, am still unsure if we are
working with them.
Send Noel and Nigel copies of the Enz Video material from NYE...the band
still have to ok heaps of stuff, it's very very long and will need editing.
Catch up with Tania, Jake and Rosemaree for brekky.....Jake has a cool
Wiggles lunch box. I think Rosemaree tried to steal it.!!! (:
Every so often I get amazed that in the 21st century there are still bigots
like 3AW's talkback hosts Neil Mitchell and Steve Price. These absolute
pigs should go the way of the dinosaur.......
incredibly insensitive and also really UGLY!!!! (Not just on the outside).
Was happy to put them and 3AW last on our survey sheets for the ratings this
week. So it's a tie for creeps of the month, they can actually say they won
something (part from ugly bastard award of the week).
Yes rednecks are alive and well and working in a radio station (well a
crappy radio station) near you. Thankfully shock djs like these halfwits
have almost zero impact on public opinion. Ugly!
The good thing about today was being able to escape to the country. A really
I have to stress this now- yes Mark is amazing, yes Mark did work it out,
yes Mark is better then all of us, yes Mark has the brain of a super being.
Hope that is enough......Mark worked out how to get the couch inside the
Forest house. So the worlds biggest couch is now inside. We are not giving
the game away, visitors have to work out how. Looks great.
Put in all the avocado seeds in the vegie patch, they take forever and the
flowers swap sex every few days.....oh all that sex stuff is confusing, all
I know is it makes it hard to grow avocados.
Some red finches have taken up home in the branches of the fruit
trees....they are really young and can only fly a short distance. You can
sit with them while they hop around the the grass.
Lara the tractor would not start but we cleaned her up and put on Squids
"nudie devil woman" decals. Need to charge her batteries next week. (Lara's
Looks like Nasa may crash the Galileo space craft into one of Jupiters icy
moons so it won't contaminate Europa-another moon which could possibly
contain simple life forms in it's icy oceans. Nasa expect to explore Europa
in 2004 using robotic landers. Wasn't it Europa in 2001 movie that man was
never allowed to explore???????? Maybe I've got it wrong.
Get an email from Nick....he was in Melbourne when I was away, only for a
few days- so we missed each other. Spent most of his time down the coast
surfing. Thinks he'll be back in July. he did run into Paul at The Galleon,
so that was a good thing.
Great news that finally smoking looks like being banned in restaurants. It
is in most states, this is well overdue...can't wait.
Thought I would do a rather oddball Finn related quick quiz...to see how
much you really know, or how good you guys are at swapping answers or
guessing. DO NOT send in your results, answers in the next F/16 update. I
think 20 questions is enough:
1/ Who's autograph is on the inside roof of the old 'drum clinic" store at
99 Greville Street, Prahran. (It's currently a seconds clothing shop). Yes
it's still there.
a/ Nick Seymour
b/ Paul Hester
c/ Neil Finn
2/ What is sitting under the drum kit in the Message to my Girl Video clip.
a/ copy of Hustler magazine
b/ a huge bag of pot
c/ a framed picture of Eddie Rayner dressed as Liberace.
3/ During the Enz days Sharon Finn opened a shop in Melbourne. What did it
a/ New Zealand imports- kiwi fruit jam etc
b/ heart shaped ceramic coffee tables
c/ original clothing.
4/ When the Finns moved back to NZ what was left behind at the Murchison
a/ The three stooges dolls
b/ a sign that read "make your mind up or go away"
c/ Mrs hairylegs the long haired Tabby cat.
5/ At the infamous Finns Heavy metal costume party who won the guitar solo
of the night:
a/ Neil Finn in a leopard print h/m outfit
b/ Sharon and Brenda the LA rock chicks
c/ Nick on Peters shoulders with his bare buttocks showing. (Nicks not
6/ What street did Paul live on in Paddington Sydney.
a/ Bent street
b/ The Muse
c/ Mrs Jacksons Place
7/ If Neil turned his telescope due south in his turret what would he of seen.
a/ Peter Green naked on his 4 poster bed
b/ the goodyear blimp landing in the park
c/ Nicks Shirley Grove house
8/ If you looked out of the Woodface apartment window what song would you
think of, penned by the Finn Bros.
a/ Weather with you
b/ Cemetery in the rain
c/ Tall trees
9/ Which band member scribbled these words in his diary " I am in a dream
that feels like reality compared to which all reality becomes like a dream"
a/ Neil Finn
b/ Paul Hester
c/ Nick Seymour
10/ Who runs the "house of pain"
11/ During the Split Enz days which Australian tv show did the band watch on
b/ Prisoner (Cell block H for our o/s readers)
c/ No. 96
12/What was found in the pocket of Tim's Woodface jacket several years after
the Woodface world tour....and who found it/them.
a/ 3 pack of ribbed condoms (out of date) found by Mary Finn.
b/ Woodface world tour car pass with Belinda Carlisle' home number on it,
found by Amanda.
c/ Mummified banana skin found by Rosemaree.
13/ Who snored the loudest on the crew bus.
a/ The bus driver.
b/ The UK merchandise man
14/ What Crowded House song did Split Enz demo.
a/ Hole in the river
c/ Something so strong
15/ This was a Penis question, it was a bit iffy so I decided to get rid of
it. Plus I didn't want to know how some of you would know the answer. So
I'll have to make up a new question.
Who's teeth did Paul say he had on the cover of Temple of Lowmen?
b/ Mrs Doughtfire
c/ Barry Manillow
16/ Which band members girlfriends have appeared in Enz/ House video clips
a/ Rosy, Stacey, Lara, Fran and Mitsy
b/ Kylie , Julia, Sally.
c/ Sharon, Brenda, Gina
17/ Who was chief of security on the Try Whistling This tour.
18/ Who did Peter Jones have a meeting with before flying out to join Crowded House.
a/ His accountant
b/ Spiritual advisor
c/ Paul Hester
19/ Who's cat food did Lester eat on a regular basis.
b/ Mrs Hairylegs the long haired tabby
20/ What objects sit on the sides of the mixing desk at Neil's home studio.
a/ a photo of him shaking the Queens hand, accepting his OBE.
b/ a pair of underpants saying "spare pair" on them.
c/ two rocket lava lamps.
OK they are a bit silly but this was done very quickly...........the answers
will be in the next F/16 update...so come back and see how good you are.
Well Neil still sits high at the number one spot in the Glastonbury festival
voting, I've noticed AHA have creeped up to #2 spot...determined little
buggers. Crowded House have over taken the Crowdies House cover
band.......I think there was some confusion that I don't like this cover
band. Not so, I've never even seen them. As I explained to someone it would
be like the roadcrew going to see a Crowded House cover band on their day
off. I think covers bands have their place in the big scheme, as long as
people are having fun it's all cool....my only comment was that cover bands
are formed because players like the artist music A LOT....so you'd think
they would of preferred to cast a vote for the original artist instead of
themselves. It's just a comment. I do admit that it is nice to see the
original Crowded House getting votes for Glastonbury. God ALL of our
are now on the list- Bic Rungs, Tim and Neil and the Finn Brothers, Enz,
Skyhooks and Mark Lizotte.
I felt a bit sorry for LLT so I cast a vote for them.
There is still time to vote...head to:
A friend told me that Mike Gee gave me a good "thumbs up" in his column in
In Press magazine, thanks Mike.....I thought his INXS comments were spot on.
Was a good day today feeling chilled out, the holiday has been good, heading
back to work soon
so I'll have to get into it again.
Neil said three months so I guess I could hide away a bit longer , I'm
technically doing some work
but I feel really charged so I should join the human race again.
We decide to watch Pump up the Volumne on DVD. ....a Slater classic. "Stay
The Grand Prix is underway, seems quieter this year...so far, even the
flyover with the planes hasn't been as low and the 30,000 that turned up
today didn't try parking at our place so I guess they are taking public
Hear from the very cool Mark Lizotte, he's heading off to California soon to
record some extra songs for the USA release (Mammoth Records) of Soul Lost
Companion cd. He's been churning them out..."I don't mind at all", "Little
Galaxy", "Let your light shine", "Paint the sky", "Sleep like Sunday", "Lazy
bones" and "All she brings".
George Lucas has a ranch near the studio so I told Mark he should try and
get "Little galaxy" in the next Star Wars movie...the title seems perfect!
The Grand Prix has been very quiet today- the buzz off mosquito cars is non
existent, maybe they are saving it all for the weekend.
Have to head into the city, fighting the urge to do so......some days
(especially Fridays) you just don't want to know.....heaps of GP fans with
their flags...I made the mistake of wearing a red shirt so they instantly
assumed I liked one racing team. Doh! Just maybe I like red- peabrains.
Have some lunch at some hidden food court- Melbourne has millions of
them...then went to the Mary martin book coffee shop. They had a copy of
Australian summer stories #2- really good stuff. Great writers and you can
almost smell those Australian beaches, zinc creamed noses and
rotting seaweed, the click click of summer water sprinklers on freshly mowed
lawns. Every story just drags you under and takes you on some serious
flashbacks. Was so into it I'd almost read half the book and almost missed
my appointment with the solar energy people.
Got there on time and was buzzed through a system of security doors....I
felt like I was visiting the prime Minister. So it looks like we are on
board-environmental energy.....has to be a good thing.
Caught the train home, it's on a few stops from the city centre...and the
weirdest thing happened,
I just couldn't breathe. I wasn't tragic, lying on the floor panting and
frothing- just felt my body temperature climb and the air seemed very thin.
Horrible feeling. Stayed calm and took some deep gulps of air.
Arrived home and felt like shit, turned on the air system and crashed into
Didn't feel like food, watched some tv, chatted to Leanne on the phone and
slept the sleep of the dead.
A friend in England just emailed me that this site has had nearly 70,000
hits. Wasn't the lucky 70,000th person meant to go on a hot date with Mark!?
(Grin). Oh he was joking....think i should make him stick to his bets.
Had a few phone calls from people asking me why one of the members of the
girl group (from Popstars) left.......I thought she did so ages ago? People
just want the dirt on this show. Maybe it could be fun working with them.
Take the Jim Bradley kickboxing bag out back and give it a good working
over. My workout instructor drops in soon to show me a few moves. Got some
hand wraps so I can feel the contact,
the gloves are just too chunky and protect me too much. Not that I am going
to become a bad arse kick boxer but it's good to be able to react and feel
secure...and work up a sweat exercising. Am hanging the bag between two
massive ghost gum trees...nice area to work out.
Was contemplating the meaning of life the other day and the question that
still needs to be answered is.......if Pluto is a dog...what the hell is
Goofey! The ol' Goof wears clothes .....something
is just a bit odd there......explain yourself Mr Disney.
Well that's all for now...be good to each other.
Life is just a big Bingo game, hope all your numbers come up soon.
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