The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 18 October - 29 October 2001
October 18th 2001
Today the colour film proof for BANG! is returned for the big o.k.
Mr Judd will be happy as his wonderful painting came up a treat, very
vibrant, and the cartoon cover is great. I'm happy.
Decided to dedicate it to Shirl, found this funny photo of him sticking his
finger in my ear at the Hooks end of tour party....I looked a bit, arghhh
well drunk- holding a JD & coke. Got Spock to add some sunglasses. yes I was
that bad. End of tours, especially fun reunion ones don't happen that often
so we all just went for it and partied hard.
I send off some Bardot contest prizes to a few of the kids today- just
personal items from the girls, a few fans will have the surprise of their
life when they open their mail boxes. I love playing Santa.
Fax arrived on our desk from the heavy Metal band "Anthrax" in the U.S.
"In light of current events, we are changing the name of the band to
something more friendly. "Basket full of Puppies".
How silly people are, they are fu*kin heavy metal band for gods sake, it's
not like they suddenly decided to cash in on what's happening in America.
Mark found that list of "songs not allowed to be played on American radio"
and really it's so damn extreme. Yes it's horrible but some extremes are
really stupid. Do you ban childrens playing with planes etc. To let the
healing begin, banning songs which only microscopically relate is really
pathetic. It's getting strange out their people.
EMI call and they are giving us a Gold Record to use in the Newsletter,
because the club had sold so many copies of Neil's ONE NIL album.
So glad it is Gold here, almost platinum in New Zealand and Silver in
England. We are just about to release the name of Neils USA record company.
He's getting everything ready for the band to start recording a few extra
songs to keep the USA release fresh.
Spend the day working on the bonus sticker packs. A wide collection of
stickers of Finns/ Bardot/etc etc for those readers who are ordering or have
ordered BANG! you'll get a free sticker set too. I like bonus things.
I'm getting good at scanning, nice and fast.
I am using the old MC575 for scanning, it sits on Marks desk like a
monolith, and I don't have the heart to get rid of it...despite Ben's
"You have all these mega computers- Titanium's and iMac's but you use the
575 for scanning...sell it". I think I just keep it to annoy people *grin*.
The gardens are very lush outside, it's a wet time of year in Melbourne
town...the massive big ferns are all sprouting.....I have this trick where I
give them warm water every day for a week and they always grow with a
passion. The goats at Beenami LOVE the wild ferns, kind of like spring
greens to them. They smile as only goats can do & then munch away.
Our friend Tammi, who is a regular newspaper photographer as a few group
shots from the Spencer Tunik "nudeadrift" day. She asked if we wanted an
enlargement for our wall....hmmm think it would haunt me seeing all body
parts just hanging there...at least my chest is nice and flattish from
boring old sit ups. But I declined the wall-photo.."Hi Mum, oh yeah that's
just us totally naked in the middle of the city.....yes that is my penis and
balls..."...URGH no thanks. I'll just hang Gold records on the wall of the
office not my man hood. (grin).
A new single to work on today- Bardot's I NEED SOMEBODY. It's very
Kylieish and I know it will be a hit. I love working on singles, and I want
to make this Bardot's 5 Gold in a row. Poor old Scandal'Us, rumors flooding
the country of their demise....I heard it was at the end of the year. They
really are starting to wear the one hit wonder tag.
Say goodbye to Spock- he's off to Vietnam.
I'm not sleeping too well at the moment, not sure if it's all this WAR
stuff, the horrid thought of that idiot John Howard possibly getting back in
or my brain ticking over. I seem to climb into bed and read...still
passionate so it's not a sex thing (PHEW...and gee you wanted to read that
didn't you all). SEX is more of a seasonal thing for me ...Summer I like
that new Orleans hot sweaty, gasping for air... bead of sweat running down
my chest sort of "moment"...Winter it's more snuggling in, joined at the hip
type, roaring fire, start at the ears and move down type "event", Spring,
boxer shorts, crispy white sheets and frisky like a lamb "mood"....and
Autumn...blinds open, wind blowing leaves in spirals outside and never in
the bed.......type athletic "romp". By now half my readers have clicked off
in a blind panic...or will send me "want a date" emails depending on what
season it is...............NEXT! God I talk rubbish.
Into the city and my chart stores tell me Bardot are selling well. I spotted
HOLE IN THE ICE UK import single of Neil's at HMV for $17.95.....that is
Call Bic Runga in NZ and she is working away on the album- total focus, have
to get it finished sort of motion. Campbell and myself will be happy, we
both want some new music to work on. 2002 is the year that we break BIC big
time overseas....she is a million times better then most female singers.
Maybe that's the problem, she is too talented.
I tell Mark about my BUFFY theory....ok last season she came up against a
Goddess GLORY...so where could she possible go, back to the same old
Vampyres, and other Hell Mouth Beasties.....nah, my twist- are you reading
this JOSS??? Anyway I think Willow in all her wicca glory should get totally
twisted up and become BAD WILLOW. The formula is there, after all the
highest ratings were when Angel her lover became BAD ANGEL.....now Willow
her best friend could become BAD WILLOW. It puts Buffy well and truely into
the "I am really alone"...and how does she fight her best friend.... so
that's my plot-probably millions of Buffy fans have thought of this already.
It's been on my mind for awhile.....I like it.
Happy Birthday Elroy Finn. A 20 year old in a 12 year olds body. You rock.
Deb has a week off, I hope you are relaxing Ms Levitt? What season is it
Vali Myers gives me a call and she has just finished with Ruth- filming the
new Vali documentary for the ABC. They are editing now, not sure of the air
date....Vali is really happy and being the ABC she'll let loose with some
verbal hell fire.
..and speaking of Vampyres....
Two hundred clergy men and townsfolk of the Romanian town- Sighisoara have
branded plans to construct a Dracula Theme Park as "sinful" (tacky I'd agree
with but Sinful...hope they never read this website then).
"Everyone involved with this project will pay for it on Judgement day". They
All I can say is that I think "Judgement day" is a brilliant name for one of
the rides at the Park and the only ones who will pay will be the silly
tourists...sounds like Hollywood comes to Sighisoara.......isn't that German
for "pass me another pint of A+ baby?".
Get your motor running...feeling antsy so we take the day off. Just as I'm
leaving Neil calls from Nuu Zeeland....he gets stuck on my message machine,
it has the Models playing "Party Girls"....and probably annoyed him heaps,
it annoys everyone else....anyway I tell him it's typical he calls when I
finally give myself a day off...then I think Hmmm hanging it on the boss is
probably not a good idea (grin)....basically we are just talking about NIL
FUN Mk2 ...and the minimal fee idea and stuff....he is keeping it as low as
possible and basically fans will still have heaps of the regular free
stuff...I can understand the whys and why nots, got to have faith that
Neil's heart is in the right place, and after all these years of working
with him, I have no doubt about how fan friendly he is. I'm sure some people
want everything in life for free, but that's probably an alternative
universe. He's a fair guy, so what ever he wants I'll do my bit to make it
work. At least he sounded like he read and reread everyone's feedback that I
His stage band arrive soon and everyone is working on new songs ... and will
probably play on the webcast in November.
Say goodbye and drive to the Forest. Apollo is still enjoying his Forest
freedom but has been sleeping near IGOR in his Goat run. IGOR just has that
look of, yeah I miss him but I get to eat all the good corn.
All the huge climbing roses are out in blossom hanging off the cottage like
a garland..of well ...roses. They are huge...and when the wind increases you
can smell them all the way down the walking tracks.
I head to the meditation area and create a giant earth circle around the
ironbark tree...I plants hundreds of native Australian wild flowers, even
the fork of the tree has flower seeds in the mulch. Should look impressive.
The Solar is working again, just needed a clean...changed Irgor's straw and
we have learnt to talk "goat".
We make a goat noise, IGOR responds, we make it louder, IGOR copies it
LOUDER...this goes on till one of us surrenders...usually Igor wins. Goats
nearly always win in everything they do.....a few friends have Capricorn for
their Zodiac signs and they are very goatee... eh Mr Yeti!!!!!!!
We got for a hike into the deep dark forest....(I do my Blaire Witch "I'm
sooo sorryyyy" chant). We find these very strange "areas"....hard to explain
these are obviously more sparse....just trees and very soft short
grass...and the more I think of it they could be in parallel "chunks" they
"feel" different too....like they are very old area. Weird eh, I've gone all
"spookey" on you guys haven't I as my Godmother Dame Edna would say to me.
"Peter you are a little spookey thing. You really are..."
No sign of ritual, though from the hoof marks and paw prints animals seem to
congregate their...explains the short grass....Mark say it looks
mown......in a forest in the middle of nowhere....the Blaire Witch Lawn
Anyway my toes twinkle ,the early Rain warning alarm, so we head back before
the down pour starts. When you see the back of BANG! (blatant free plug...
its currently on the merchandise page) you'll see A FOREST...and 3 men.
Every time someone takes a leak in the Forest (a la natural) I think of that
Judd painting. So even though it's not really at Beenami....it looks and
feels like it...you'll see what I mean.
We drive home and the roadside is full of lovely Rosella's all feeding. Mark
plays the Peal Jam cd he compiled for me...love it. On ya Eddie.
Fave Book- Mark Rydens- 'Anima Mundi' on Last gasp Books. A great art book.
- True Believers. Political Book. I'm rather awed, my copy is
signed by a collection of Australian Labor Prime Ministers-
Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Gough Whitlam and hopefully Kim Beasley.
Fave DVD-The Cup. A charming movie, Tibetan Monks find a new ritual-soccer.
They are on a mission to rent a satellite TV to watch the big game. If
Tibetan discipline and prayer can help find the inner calm....then THE CUP
is another joyous experience that can leave you smiling. It's in Tibetan but
has English subtitles. 93 minutes. Becker Entertainment/ Magna Pacific.
Fave Treat- Snow Flake...white chocolate on the inside.
Fave clothing- My Peruvian socks. So soft, so snug, so damn FUNKY.
Fave Person- Jayne Dearsley from SFX for her kindness and for making my
month when I open up that Post Box and find the magazine. What a sweetheart.
Fave CD(R). Marks Best of Pearl Jam. Lash's "Beauty Queen" single.
Fave Clip-Bardot "I need somebody"...some good dancing.
Liar of the year- John "I'll never have a GST" Howard. He'll do or say
anything to stay in power. I hope the Greens & Democrats shake up the
Liberal Party at this election too.
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Head into the city and we run into Vali and John (Ireland) and friend on
Elizabeth Street. We put on quite a show and the suits wandering by look so
damn miserable, and we are all happy.....if everyone her age was even half
as active or passionate there probably wouldn't be any old peoples homes...
She's so unique- just refills my energy reservoirs when we connect. Always
good to see John...he is an incredible carver. Works on bone- very
The WAR rolls on....Anthrax scares are everywhere. A friend asked me how
Anthrax could of spread if it was in a sealed envelope etc.
I told him to put talcum powder in an envelope seal it and then tap it on
the outside...even sealed the powder comes through...and the Anthrax spores
are 10 times smaller....I wonder if the world will ever be the same again?
World Vision had an advert in the newspaper today, for $55 you can get a
survival kit to one refugee on the Afganastan border. It contains food,
medical supplies and blankets. I'm sure there will be more information on
the World Vision website. Tomorrow I'm going to put several kits on my
credit card, hell if it even saves a few people that's something.
World Vision does some very good work. Some charity's I don't trust, I seem
to trust World Vision more than most.
Weird night last night, the street was really noisy and I kept having those
off and on again dreams, just short ones..wake up and then fall asleep into
a new dream. I was reading "Priestess of Avalon" before I went to bed, maybe
Decide to get all of our mail outs happening today, Mark watches Prisoner
while I work in the office. He tells me that one of the women prisoners was
described by another in-mate as "having a face like a camels arse" ahh
Australian TV-gotta love it. So classy.
Watch THE CUP tonight- great movie...loved it.
Finish the night with a Buffy dvd...the one where Zander gets all hot and
horny for the giant Praying Mantis teacher!!!! Some great Zander lines. All
us males have a bit of Zander in us.
Roast and Vegies for dinner, stuffed it full of rosemary (no NOT Rosemaree)
and coated it in some Tasmanian honey. Sweet potatoes, snow peas, and heaps
of other good healthy things.
Wake up finish addressing all the pre-order envelopes for BANG! Takes
forever but they are all done now, waiting for the books to arrive. A HUGE
box of padded love!!!! Thanks to all of you who have ordered advanced
copies, will make sure these bonus sticker sets are in each and every one.
Decide to eat lunch away from the office, so we drive up to Armadale and
head to the Deli. Mark shouts me breakfast- that was nice. Some good
election feedback in The Sun, 100+ random voters surveyed, and a huge % of
swinging voters are turning to Labor or the Greens
(I should join the Greens...Hi I'm Peter Green, I work for the GREEN
Party...cute). I still think it could be close, the terrorist issue/ etc
have been a perfect smokescreen for Howard. Despite him having eyebrows that
look like the creators of South Park have drawn them on, he is a slippery
eel, and will do anything to stay in power. Hmm maybe he IS a Politician
after all *grin*. Maybe he should stay NOT!
We haven't had a stall at a Camberwell Collectors Fair for awhile, so
November 11th- Melbourne fans note- we are going to be at the Camberwell
Fair. Doors open at 10am and we are in the Foyer- the stall will cover all
our groups, some super bargains and fun stuff. For first timers its at
Camberwell Civic Centre- 340 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell.
Melways. 59 J1
Look for Mark he will have a huge cheery smile greeting you at the stall, he
loves to get up at 5.00 on Sundays...ok. We'll be the two guys nodding off,
looking like we need a Caffeine fix. have a few interesting bits and pieces
that we have been hoarding. See you there- November 11th.
Can not believe I have used over 100 net hours this month- again. So we are
having to pay again. Going to have to start stressing to people that we are
only accepting work emails. Some days we have been getting 500 emails, it's
a lot. I'm trying to answer everyone but it takes time away from our
promotion areas. Guess we'll work it out- we've lasted this long. Could
explain why the ends of my fingers are so flat.
Was floating in the worlds deepest bath tub last night, pondering. Baths
are great to ponder....watching the massive green plant hanging over my
head...trying to focus and make it come crashing down...it didn't so I live
to tell you about that. Some of my best ideas happen in the bath...or maybe
I should say, some of my weirdest thoughts happen in the bath and they
metamorphose into ideas. Had a few, but in the end I just had the killer
vibe to do as much work as possible. So I did, got heaps of things done.
felt good, still catching up on things. Probably this rush to finish as many
projects as possible before the end of the year.
One such project is WINGS OFF FLIES, our photo book. Twenty Five years of
music photos- artists onstage, backstage etc. It's basically dedicated to
the legions of fans who take photos, not so much expensive camera type vibe,
just the effort to take the snap and why ... so Mark and myself are putting
this together. He has some great Enz live photos....his area really is LIVE
Marks colour live photos are great, and he de-humbles them (is there such a
word as de-humble? There is now.) Stuart from our printers gave us a very
cool book for a template, nice and big and great qty paper. So from our
first shots of Skyhooks up to our Bardot girls and everyone else in between,
tours, overseas artists, Crowdies on the road , Neil and so many others...
plus a bit of text....I want it out in time for Xmas. See that bath has made
me lock in a timetable!!!! Anyway so that's a good project.
Wake up early...blasted day light saving, some bird was in the atrium
talking to the rabbit at 4.30 so Mark had no sleep and will be grumpy.
Excited about our Bardot girls chart- I Need Somebody debut's at #8 on the
Australian National chart, #7 in Melbourne so all our leg work paid off, but
#3 in WA. Probably means they will have their 5th Gold record in a row.
So much for Scandal'Us being any sort of threat- they should just break up,
what a joke they are- doubt this second Popstars act will ever have another
Can spend the day with the thoughts that one of our acts are in the top 10,
what an amazing fan base they have. Now if I could just get Neil Finn in the
top 10 with a hit single, I'd like that even more.
Have a good week.
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