The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 25 February - 11 March 2001
Head out to Spock's home amongst the gum trees. I make the odd "direction"
call but manage not to get lost. It;'s nice that only an hour out of
Melbourne you can get to see, taste and smell the real Australian bush.
We end up spending five hours editing away the first book- "Hussy".
Mark has made a massive amount of corrections, add to that new photos being
dropped in and swapping a few things around. It's coming up really well, we
are about a week ahead of our deadline, but that will be bumped back as I'm
waiting on the odd photo and word from our printing connection Anders.
I ask Spock if he is sick of it, but he seems to be enjoying it, and oddly
enough so am I...in a third person sort of way.
Jen has ran with the Doris Fish interview on her Fame Is site, a few hundred
people have read it, some interesting feedback (chuckle).....
Just find out that my Bardot girls will be on England's Top of the Pops.
March 29th. A huge list of UK media , it's really a full on 5 weeks of UK
promotion. Top of the Pops will do them justice, it's the most watched pop
show in the world.
I won yet another $20 on Tattslotto on the weekend, never the big prizes but
$20 each week covers breakfast...food from God. Amen.
Think I'm on the English Finn tour, Dee tells me that their is a bunk with
my name on it, on the tour bus- God bless him. Happy to be doing my
backstage bits and pieces, hopefully looking after the VIP's and such. I
think they'll let me have a "free hand" as far as work, they know I god
freakazoid if I'm not working on the road- so they'll always get good value.
Hopefully not too homesick- a bit sad that 90% of the crew will be all new
faces, but that's just my hatred of things changing, however I still think
we had an amazing crew on the last tour- the new people will have a lot to
live up too.
God England, foot and mouth disease, train crashes, grey skies and expensive
dvds. I love the place! No I do, I always feel good when we tour the U.K.
I think it's because we have our tour bus and not have to jump on flights
every day. I just made a mental note to take my Tour Bus mirror ball, it's
like my red bowling shirt- tradition......gotta have tradition lads or the
tour will be a disaster.
Well Jj and Miss Renee return today, sneak some flowers up to the apartment
and a six pack of hot cross buns, it's nice to come home to flowers.
Spend 2 hours with Kylie my travel agent, we have shuffled the overseas July
trip around about 10 times, in the end I think we have a "working model". I
look at the Peru to Los Angels run and cringe at the 14 hours, so that is
now Business class too. The girls are happy for that to be Economy, as long
as we don't pinch, squeeze or touch Trudi and let her have her space (grin),
whereas Robin will go into comatose state as soon as she sits down.
We catch up that night and run through it all. We decide to make extra money
by attaching a 'sweat collector" under Marks armpits when we are hiking
through the Andes, we will then re -sell it at Gracelands in those small
vials that say "Elvis's Sweat" on them....GRIN!
I found out today that Australian's are the greatest consumers of on line
Pornography (in the world)- proportion of population, visiting AO sites.
33% of Australia's 6.8 million net users accessed Porn from home in December
2000. That's a lot of horny people and sticky keyboards (yiek)!
Run into Jj and Renee at the coffee place, Renee shows me her latest model
photos, incredible really, she's about to break into the Japanese market.
They look relaxed in a "just flew in" sort of way.
This month is so sneaky, you always think you have a few days left and then
whammo, it's March. Oh well roll on Autumn, it's at least getting cooler.
Totally angered by the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan, they should be
sent to Islam hell for destroying all those statues of Buddha- total Islam
bullshit- what a crock. That sort of thing will turn around and bite them on
their pimpled backsides I hope!
Well my day was exciting, ordered another 12 fences for the goats...these
goats better love what we are doing.....decide to get them when we return
from Peru, so they won't miss us.
get a call from little Pink...her birthday soon. Manage to buy a fairy
bubble bath for her...the fairy's face looks like hers, cool. For those of
you who watched Prisoner, Kylie (Pink) was on that for a little while, she
is also in the Split Enz "Never ceases to amaze me" video as the fairy floss
girl, filmed at Melbourne Zoo.
The office gives me the o.k. to head off and purchase some band room
supplies, so several dozen Indian cloth light covers, a weird green fake
grass triangular lamp, quality incense and other "additions" I return home
satisfied that the band room will be looking and smelling good for Neil's
tour. Think we are heading towards a Polynesian look, will be working with
Sharon on our "look". Neat.
Well Bardot are now in England, hear from our new manager and so far so
good, think the girls will be recording the new single in the U.K. So it's
all happening. I have a few personal whinges so they need to be sorted out
or I could exit the whole project, don't want to as I do love the whacky
"sisters" but at the end of the day it's a case of how much time we are
We need a new portable computer for the road etc, so I have a few ideas,
really after Macintosh's new "Titanium G4 Powerbook" so fingers crossed,
that one inch screen is amazing.
Spock got his motorbike license today- takes nearly the whole day to obtain
the thing, so he's probably driving around on his mo-ped as I type. So if
you see a man sideswiping gum trees it's him!!!!
Happy Mardi Gra Sydney.....and Happy Birthday to Squid Girl! New liver on
Make some fantastic home made Mango Lassi, Yoghurt drinks are great,
especially whilst eating hot Indian food, neutralizes the chilli burn!
With 5 minutes to spare I sign on up for the cable version of the Sydney Gay
& Lesbian Mardi Gra. It is the coolest Mardi Gra in the whole world, and
everyone is looking fab. I loved the Queen in the 20 foot high outfit made
from clear plastic bottles filled with blinking fair lights (no puns
In a strange twist of fate, Noel Crombie (who made all those amazing Enz
costumes) calls and he and wife Sally are making an out fit out of bottle
caps for Melbourne fashion week. I jokingly ask them if they salvaged all
the bottle caps off the Mardi Gra man who used all the plastic bottles...the
outfits would look great next to each other- bottle frock and cap dress!
Every year at Mardi Gra the Reverend Fred Nile asks God to rain on the
Parade, to upset all those HOMOsexuals...of course God thinks Fred's a
wanker like the rest of us do and it rarely ever rains...this year it rained
for 3.5 minutes...after that balmy weather. The Parade is massive, the crowd
gigantic and everyone is having fun. It ends at the old showgrounds at a
giant dance party that finishes at 10.00 next morning.....
get an email from Andy White, he looks like being in Australia in April, no
shows or anything just a drop in for a coffee....he's a good lad.
Spend the day working, it's all Neil Finn for the moment. Email the Bardot
girls, they are appearing on England's Top of the Pops on March 29th, they
have had some very decent press so far- hell they could break into the UK
market. It's probably the toughest market so far but it seems to be slowly
crumbling to their charms.
Have stopped reading this month, just seem to be really busy, at the end of
the day all I want to do is go to sleep.
Happy Birthday Mum.
Send her some house orchards for her birthday, all strange Australian
hybrids, they should look cool.
Well Neil's tickets for Auckland went on sale today, with so many amazing
guests all shows should sell out.
Catch up with Spock , who hands me the mock up of the book. Weird, you are
holding this batch of pages that will end up as some sort of time capsule
on peoples book shelves. Chicken out and cancel the whole project- never!
part from the advance orders there have been some credit card orders via
this website. Just click on the merchandise area, if you want a simple way
to order the book this is probably it. Stock arrives in April.
The support for this project has been incredible, I think nearly every
reader has ordered a copy. Looks like there will be a Second Edition
Escape to "Beenami", I promised myself that as soon as Spock hands over the
draft I'd take a day off, besides we Aussie Bush men have a goat fence to
put up. In the end Mark takes over the responsibilities of the goat fence.
It's a hot day , poles go up and the fence arrives later. They have a huge
living area. I attack the "goat house" with fresh paint- forest green of
course....think it needs some climbing roses painted on it.
We really want some small horned beasties....just two will be fine.
Spend a big part of the day inside, relaxing.
We head home and the sunset is amazing, a massive orange fireball. So bright
that the traffic grinds to a halt as we are all blinded. Home in time for
Buffy and really in life, that's all that counts (*grin*).
Tim arrives today, starts rehearsals with EVEN at Revolver rehearsal rooms.
Meanwhile the Russell Crowe kidnap attempt is everywhere, front page of Who
Weekly. The FBi have been brought in, Scotland Yard....we cash in with a
photo of Russell at the Finn after show party...lob it in the F.16/Hussy
book. All of us selling copy from Russell's misery...we'll all burn in hell
(probably with Russell!!!).
Speak to NZ and we are heading over a few days before shows to look after
the acts, set up the band rooms. At all these VIP shows it will be a case of
non one allowed in for rehearsals and no fan meet and greets, think it will
be very strict.
My hands are sad.
My eyes are tired
and occasionally Nicole shines and hits the nail right on the head.
We work on the "I LIKE MINE RARE" cd project, it's just coming along so
well, this little benefit cd.
Speak to Noel and Nigel from the Enz first, really I just wanted to get
approval and publishing waivered on a very rare Enz song called MURDER.
Both band members blow my mind by also offering a solo track each, totally
unreleased as it's a "good thing to do". Just spontaneous...Noels will be
some quirky track called "Take me to your Ruler", Nigel is still deciding
but it could be "Car trouble". They are fine about "Murder" too.
Next is Eddie Rayner, and how incredible., Eddie offers the same thing, and
ok's Murder too, Eddie has been working on a new solo release and has a few
spare songs on his work discs, so that will be a new song too.
Crowded Houses Paul Hester has this song called THE BEST IN TOWN, and that
will be going on, love this song. he tells me that he sees Nick Seymour once
a week and they work on some stuff in the studio.
I chat with Neil late one night, I'm all vibey and he sounds chilled out, he
just did a radio show, he hands over MY LEGS ARE GONE- an unreleased Crowded
House track- a song that should of been on one of the albums, very generous.
Catch up with Tim in Melbourne, and he also happily agrees to donate a demo
track- studio recording. So what was a 3 track CD has now sprouted legs, and
is a classic collectors item for fans. It's only being made available to
club members, so if you are a clubber reading this, just drop me an email
at: firstname.lastname@example.org and put RARE CLUB CD in the "subject" area. Mention the
country where you live and your full name and we'll send you some info.
Hell it's a new project every week around here! Talk about productive.
Tim Finn -The Continental.
Catch up with Tim at sound check and he signs a huge pile of Say it is So
cds for tonight's show. Even and Tim have had 2 rehearsals, and today it
sounds really impressive. I like EVEN. A really good Melbourne group.
One of the Even boys really digs "Beginning of the Enz" cd, I like it when
people love that early Enz stuff.
Head home for my meeting with the printers/publishers, and they both are
enjoying the HUSSY book project, saying there is "nothing like this" on the
book shelves......I take it as a compliment (GRIN). OR are they saying "you
are such a freak..." nah- I'm really happy , they are both passionate about
this little oddity, feels comfortable. The other good thing is that the
pages are "stitched" together as well, so the binding is really strong, and
it will be in hardcover.
Before I know it, it's time to head to the Continental. Lots of familiar
faces, totally weird though as we get the EXACT amount of people that Tim
had the last time he played here- the EXACT amount. I tell him that every
single person last time must of liked the show and came back. The room is 10
short of a sellout, so it's a strong crowd. I love one of the new songs
"Sawdust and Splinters" which is only played this first night. He
substitutes "Not even Close" the 2nd night. Matinee Idyll is superb, it has
such longevity...some songs survive really well from that early Enz period
and just allow for a current 2001 facelift...chat to fans and mates
afterwards. Nice night. Stuart and Lisa have a good time, a lot of regulars
who made the effort, every one left contented.
Catch up with Jj and Renee. Johnny is writing away, he asks me some
questions about writing, shit I don't know I'm not a writer.....Renee is
heading to Japan in a few months- her latest photo shoot really is hot.
I don't like the coffee bars on the weekend as much as the weekday, you get
a lot of people heading to Prahran to groovy ol' Greville street, and most
are simply freak hunting or demanding arseholes. Go to Greville Books and I
imagine what it will be like when I first spot Hussy on the shelves.
Manage to find a way to wrap Little Pinks Bubble bath fairy, so I can mail
it to her...those darn fairy wings, poking out everywhere...she'll love it.
Back to the Conty, go later tonight, no urgent rush...
Some regular readers came up and told me they loved the Doris Fish /PG
interview that went up on the Fame Is site. I was happy with the questions,
it wasn't chopped up too much. Think Jen told me 300+ people had read the
thing, anyway if you want a look go to:
I do like the photo with the mechanical Crowded House with Wings, one of the
very few good shots.
Tonight's Gig is good, once more almost a full house, some middle ages lady
asks me if that's Tim's autograph on his solo CD......I was going to say "No
it's Neil's" but bit my tongue- how weird- who else would sign a Tim Finn
solo cd, it so obviously says Tim Finn. Odd.
Marie Finn takes Life member Alex backstage to say hello to Tim and get a
poster signed (thanks Marie).
During the last 10 seconds of "Weather with you" Tania & Spock turn up...
they'd been to see The Lovers play, Spock was ah err "merry". He's having
fun. The three of us stumble home and surprise Marky- "SURPRISE" (hic).
We pour some Vodka's and after such a long day it was nice to have a spliff.
haven't had any pot for ages, it was kind of nice. Just as we walk in, cable
tv is showing a feature on "wife swapping" parties....full on and everyone
is OLD. We have a few drinks and end up watching music/cable.... I swear
the You am I "Damage" clip looks totally different to the original I watched
months ago....and no it wasn't the pot (be nice).
Head to bed at 2.00...dream baby dream.
let myself sleep in, some neighborhood dogs are barking and keep breaking my
relaxed state so I climb out of the gothic bed at 10.00...a little bit
fluffy in the head...nice morning hair, instant mowhawk.
Cosmo is being cute, getting ready for a few dinner guests this week.
Deb emails me and the Hussy book is now in double figures on internet sales
(yey HUSSY). Decide to work on Finn stuff for most of the day.
So I guess touring is in the air, a few weeks and I'm off to NZ, still
waiting (like many others) on the official word on the UK and Europe...
I am both excited and horrified, as I've grown to love being at home.
I've had a great few weeks, John Howard has had a terrible few weeks, hmmm
maybe life isn't so bad after all.
Take care of your mates!
Love and Peace.
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