The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 23 September - 6 October 2002
September 2002- PG receives sales award for both Hussy and BANG!
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September 23rd 2002
We took the phones off the hook today, endless calls regarding Bic Runga's
shows at the Cornish Arms, endless emails too. It's really weird, kind of
like Melbourne has really discovered and fallen in love with the Bic gal,
far more than any other state of Australia. All 4 shows sold out quickly,
people can't get enough- hope that translates to album sales. Will be nice
to catch up, hopefully get a chance to hang out.
After a week of pushing Neil's '7 Worlds' DVD it looks like it has paid off,
the DVD re entered the DVD Top 40 at #19, it's in all the shops again, guess
people are buying it in case it ends up deleted. A lot of people are
thinking about DVD players now, as several companies like Phillips etc have
issued statements saying they are going to stop making VCR. Video is dead!
Returning from the supermarket and you know what it's hot outside, can't
remember when it was hot...the weather is turning. Sitting under a palm tree
in the heat is none other then Vivienne...I wander up.
She's waiting for her Yoga class to begin, this is good, Yoga is good. My
hopes fade when she tells me the instructor is 76 years old and the class
are all in their 70's and 80s. I think it's brilliant that they are active
but I question why Vivienne is in a Yoga class with oldish people... maybe
she is even older then we think- such a Sphinx! She makes me laugh- I
consider running in for the class....but the prickly heat, those 70 year old
stockings...urgh back to sit ups Mr Green!
Grab some stamps for a mail out of Tim's Aussie dates, he seems to be
playing a lot of 'day on the green' shows...an absence of Victoria and Qld
A dry electrical storm hits Melbourne, parts of Victoria are turning to
dust, we make an effort to be more focused with our water consumption. I
consider getting a run off barrel out back for the gardens.
Email Robin for our tax, we are good boys, the tax man won't be fining us-
I hear tax fines are about to jump up...is it $500 late fee per time. Yieks.
Robin nods like one of those car corgi's and scribbles some notes...she just
does it...makes me feel relaxed. Mark will always complain about this, he
pays so little...we are lucky. The receipt pile has reached the roof
now...we claim less then 1%. Urgh.
Tim sends me a few new "possible" song titles, then a panic email not to
mention them as things may change around the titles for the Finn songs, all
ok as we can wait, at least they are recording, that's all I need to know to
keep me happy. More Finn songs, more Finn dates...2003 will be a good year.
I think it's great that so many of our Enz boys have just gone ahead and
released CD's- Nigel, Eddie, Tim, Neil, Hessie....O like people who have
some faith in their music, to actually release it.
Try calling Deb V. to go to Bic Runga with me as Marky was Mr Home-body, but
the phone just rung out- guess she's away. So I head off to the Cornish Arms
at Brunswick....I know there will be some people I know at the show. Bic
gets the time mixed up and I miss the first few songs. Walk in and Angie is
on the door, she's a regular face, loves the industry etc, makes me laugh
but one of the Lang Street "Sisters" David is in attendance, his record shop
is selling the Bic cds, by the end of the night he sells out totally. Good
to see. I look over and Shannon is on lights, grabs me and I squash in
behind the light box, a great spot for the show, nice and hidden so I think.
A few songs into the set and Bic stops the show, I wonder what's wrong as
I've never seen her do that, she says "I really want to say a special hello
to my friend Peter who I've just spotted up the back". I think she has keen
eyes and then I see a small wall light giving my a halo...this r/r angel
slips down the wall...nothing like 600 eyes watching you. Yeah I know a
sweet thing to do, but you still feel like a bear in a cage at the Zoo.
Gig is great, she is singing so well, and fantastic that it's a smoke free
gig- this I LOVE. The crowd really want an encore and a few requests are
Chat to some people and watch Bic signing away as she sits on the stage, the
fans are really patient, kind of sweet. I give some girls a few Bic
postcards so they can get signed. The crowd eventually fades away, and we
sit and go through the Wings off flies book, she says she's so proud to be
in this, and means it, no wonder we dig her. We talk about the shots, and
she says the best thing is that it's a lot of "real" photos of her, not
media shots....so you get to see the other Bic not the public Bic. her tummy
growls so we head off for food. Everything is closed, we do some major
driving and nothing is open...weird. Eventually head back to the city and we
find a very funky food place, they have ovaltine milkshakes to die for. It's
been awhile since we have just hung out- so this was extra special for me.
She is one of my most favorite artists I've ever worked with, and I know
why. head home after a quick zoom by the hotel. The night ends well as Mark
is sitting up watching cable waiting- shit I'm a lucky person.
The paper has a piece on DVD players, says that 30% of Aussies households
now own one. I'll be glad when the Enz and Skyhooks DVD's are finally out
Head into AAV for another DVD meeting, just editing and sound stuff, watch
some roughs. The Skyhooks menus are brilliant, and the clips etc look really
nice and clean. I arrive early so go buy some flowers and cake for the
house. The flowers are massive, huge lili's and the red bird of paradise
that are only related to the Bird of paradise...meeting goes well, everyone
Come home to find two parcels from the USA from Steve Carosetto and one from
Bob Schenkenfelder, both sent me first day sheets of the Warhol US Postage
stamp. I had this big silly smile...topped off a great day. I keep starring
at Andy- he would of dug being on a postage stamp. Anyway thanks guys, so
Poker machines in Melbourne make .81c per second. $2.56 billion per year! So
to add to the gambling tax pile I get 10 weeks worth of lotto.I've been
keeping track, I'm still breaking even...the big one is just around the
See a friend who does a lot of drawing for a living, he now has the rather
interesting job of operating the checkout desk at the local sex shop! I love
sex shops, but I'm really bad once I am inside, I just laugh, I can't help
it, I don't think it's an immature thing- just the size and shapes and the
various objects make me laugh. Some people are so weird over it all, but I
always end up going close to wetting my pants. Like who would have use of a
120cm double ended huge penis.... jewel encrusted penis hardeners, oh it's
all good. I did spot an item on the shelf for Xmas (no Rosemaree don't
panic.. it's not for you)...it's a wind up toy of Santa Claus having sex!!!!
hey it was cheap a mere $3, they only had one...I thought they would make
good stocking stuffers! I keep seeing items and wonder to myself who would
that be good for....but as soon as I think of my friends unwrapping them I
just go all strange...never end up buying that special object. Well usually
not. I notice that some people go weird when they walk through those
swinging doors, they look down, anyway but at the huge selection. I chat to
my friend for a short while but because I was prone to breaking out into
hysteria , I thought I should depart, a laughing Gryphon is probably not
good for the hot and horny trade!
Was doing my weekly search and noticed that a few pieces of Rosaleen
Norton art have appeared on the net, forsale. A few bits but only 2 I am
really interested in, one is gone, hate that, but I send an email off for
another. It's in England so dealing in pounds means I will be totally skint.
I always promised myself a Roie original. The one I am going for is "The
Cat", and it's signed. Guess it will take a few days before I know but this
could be it. None of them are her finest works, but to have a Norton in the
collection is kind of mind blowing for me. I always had this weird kind of
dream where my life was marked in stages, band or art etc...am not
explaining it well here, I would just wake up and know that when I have a
Roie that my life would be in a new phase. Sounds kinda wanky and esoteric
and like I said it's more of a feeling and doesn't explain itself too well
here.....so who knows if "The Cat" ends up in my possession...maybe anything
is possible. Over the years so many people have told me I would never get a
Rosaleen Norton....I've always known they were wrong.
Working away in the home office and get a call from Miss Belinda. She is
going to walk to our place from the hotel- I look outside and it's a
glorious wet Melbourne day. So I call her back and tell her I'll pick her up
for coffee. I have to go to the Jackman Gallery anyway and grab the 2 x
O'Doherty artworks. She looks damn beautiful as ever, and we decide on
Acland street for coffee- BIG MOUTH is closest so in we go. It's packed and
people try not to gawk but they do, I have some weird rockstar vibe
happening, I think I have a side of my wardrobe that screams and shrieks
"wear me ...you may never sing but you could look like a band person if you
just wear me...". It's one of those days, many many many months between
shopping splurges...so we throw caution to the wind- go for broke
(literally) and SHOP! All good shops though- Metropolis is a really cool
book store (160 Acland)- find a new Warhol book- colour shots from the 2nd
Factory, also this book called "Ornamentos Fantasticos" (Yeah Fantastic
Ornaments). It contains thousands of copyright free design examples..... all
perfect for the next book GLAMOUR. So I grab that. Boo comments about the
amount of woman that keep coming up to me today- and she is right- that darn
feramone!!! The Metropolis woman grabs me and gives me the Dover Archive
catalog for free, will be useful.
head into Urban attitude next (152 Acland), it has these sloping storage
racks, so the whole place has a slant, we both buy Mark a big bright blue
watering can for his new garden....I find some feather angel wings for the
"boy" (Cosmo)...I want to do some snaps of Cosmo with wings, they match his
white fur....oh in the window of Metropolis is a copy of ONCE MORE WITH
FEELING, it's a book about a couple who wanted to make the worlds BEST PORN
movie- a natural present for Mark- Belinda agree's. Boo side tracks me into
a womens clothing store- we find heaps of outfits that would suit Miss
Tiffany- the shop is SEAGULLS (156 Acland), find this great bracelet for my
sister for one of her Xmas presents.....we head down to SHO Giftware (162
Acland) and I find THE pair of sunglasses, I am the marcos of Sunnies...
these are green tints just like I love with small UV protector side panels..
ok I am won on these, and for once they look good. ROC make them, they do
good class A lenses on their products, against UV A,B, and C rays. 12 months
warranty and that's good for the person who destroys sunglasses quicker then
Nick Seymour can lose his!!! Final port of call is GROTTO (146 Acland), it's
been here for years but I nearly missed it as their sign is no longer up...
Belinda buys some rather cool bowls....I consider the 2 giant 10 metre stone
archangels and then a small reality check takes place... I see these square
stone blocks on sale that have holders for candles inside...perfect for the
wall of the atrium. The lady at Grotto asks me what I will do with these, I
talk to her about Atriums and she says "amazing" and grabs my number as a
few houses she knows are in need of a good "atrium" working over.... I'm
just the girl..opps boy! Wow a job that may pay off some of this shopping
debt! It has been ages since I have done this, and it felt good. So I can go
back to being sensible. Oh yeah we bought Belinda a clock for her new
house!That doesn't mean we are engaged! *grin*.
Next stop the Jackman and the Gallery owners take us on a tour of the house
side of the gallery (they live upstairs), my eye catches the work of a good
local artists...will have to wait for his gallery opening, he seems to do
one third great, two third I just don't care for, but that's ok...one third
is good. The O'Doherty art pieces are really nice and are more for the
collection. Greg Macainsh really likes Pete's plane paintings (he has one),
he admires this new one when he calls by.
Drop Boo off at the hotel- we are all shopped out- thank god that is out of
the system, Mark digs his new blue watering can, it holds more water, which
is bad as we are conserving!!!! Good to do this major shop-aholic thing
once or twice a year.
Catch the You am I boys when they are loading in for the Greville Records
car Park show, looks like they will get a good crowd too. Half way through
the set the Prahran Police close down the show. You just know some old
person complained about the noise or something. Still the songs that they
played the crowd lapped up. DELIVERANCE really is a great album.
Spend the day restocking the office with copies of BANG! The last few months
have had a lot of orders come in and it's just about to over take HUSSY in
the sales area. I'd better pull my finger out and keep working on GLAMOUR,
it's not just a case of me being slack, a part is balancing out the $$ etc.
We just paid off our printers for WINGS, like all good book companies it's a
major juggling act.
"STRUMPET" the movie is on SBS tonight- nice and quirky. has to be the
movie of the week.
Greg Macainsh from the 'Hooks calls by and we run a paper edit on the ABC
Skyhooks Doco ONCE MORE WITHOUT VOCALS, just paper editing, these projects
have had sooo much paper editing...but it's good to get it done. LIFE IN THE
MODERN WORLD sounds fantastic, a very tough Skyhooks and Shirl singing some
powerhouse vocals. Kicks ar$e majorly as a song. Gregs had serious input
into the Skyhooks DVD, good when the band members are active and focused,
Skyhooks is really his baby, and he's easy to deal with, plus some good
quality control. The Skyhooks DVD is out November 11th the same time as the
Split Enz DVD.
Work around the house today, plant some tomatoes in pots, but don't plant
any pot! All the promises of a dope plant and not one person has lived up to
their promise. Guess it's a marijuana free Summer for us. *grin*.
Babble is running hot today, everyone is in a fun state of mind, I give them
a copy of WICKED BEATS CD, and it goes off (thanks Sarah). Funny to see the
kitchen crew grooving while cooking. The Baroness breaks into song. All's
well in the world.
Think we have finally found our guttering man, ZAC...not sure if I trust a
person with three letter sin his name....we'll see.
Deb sends the rough of Hessies site and as soon as he says ok we'll sign off
on it, looking good, Paul said he was about to send Deb some of the music
from NUTS for the site...he's usually true to his word. We are still
releasing it in November, I love projects like this. Sounds great, if people
have the chance to get Paul Hesters CD , just take a leap of faith and get a
copy...some really good songs.
Shannon gives us a buzz for dinner but we are side tracked...make a note to
catch up next week when life is a bit less full on.
The world population meter for today reads : 6,253,481,968.
Now if they all just bought a copy of BANG! OR lived in Peace....
"True environmentalism is not an aesthetic movement. It is about sustainable
Kenneth Davidson from The Age. Good article on Australia's fossil fuel
policy. You know I tend to agree with him on a lot of points, and some
"green" groups are even shitting me ....especially around the lack of effort
with areas like wind power. It is important and despite them being gigantic
hurly gurdy machines they should be built. What's the solution more coal and
green house gas emissions. C'mon Australia get with the program.
Nigel Griggs gives us a call, he is back in Australia....think he enjoyed
England...hated the weather etc. he thanks us for our efforts around the Enz
DVD. Kinda nice to have an Enz member say thanks.
Am tempted to do a small rocket pocket book on Vali Myers early next
year...thought "HIDDEN VALI" was a good working title.
Head into AAV for some fine editing, also check out the Skyhooks and Split
Enz photo gallery areas for the DVD, both look good. Like the music around
It's such a lovely day, walk around the corner and buy a towel and head to
the bay. Thankfully am wearing some boxer shorts under my levi's so I strip
to my boxers and go for a swim. The bay isn't too stinky, the water kind of
warm....Di from AAV warns me of floating turds (nice one Di). Naturally my
boxers become see through but hey no different to a wet elephant (Boom boom)
I'm not too prudish. Wish I could swim every day like this. My shoulders
taste of salt from the ocean....hope my new black hair didn't leave an oil
Catch up with Danielle at Babble and she tells me she had a dream about me,
naturally I was having sex in the dream...it was with one of her wealthy
clients, a Toorak socialite....she had to run off to Liquid before I could
find out more details...like was I a rent boy, did she pay me and did I get
frequent flyer points? for my efforts! I love dreams.
Check out the Qantas website and they had some really cheap airfares for
Xmas, I couldn't believe the price so I phoned and checked and yet...
bargain fare, so we booked on line, if I do Bic Rungas NZ tour I will get
home DEC 22nd and the last thing I want to do is drive Melbourne to Sydney
after a tour...so this is perfect.
Stuart calls by and claims all of the cardboard boxes that are in one of
the guests rooms, Lisa and Stuart are moving soon , so they can use them,
glad it's not us, moving is so full on. Good to reshape a new place but all
those boxes and carrying and removalists etc. URGH.
Grab the camera and take some photos of Cosmo the bunny with his angel wings
on...he hated the wings, I think he tried to eat one of them. That rabbit
was so pissed...just gave me greasy looks all day.
Get an email from the UK that yes indeed the Rosaleen Norton piece of art
that I am interested in , is available. Well there goes my pay on the
deposit...hope the gutter man takes awhile with his quote, hell a Roie
painting comes first...I still can't believe my good fortune. It's kind of
left me feeling a bit crazy...in a good way.
Strangely enough I get an email from my friend Marilyn and I mention
Rosaleen Norton to her, and she checks out Roie and gets a buzz from her
stuff. Hauser tells me of some art for sale and I thought she meant in
Australia, but it was the UK stuff....freaked me out a bit, all these years
of looking and I thought surely not twice in one week.
So if all goes well THE CAT original art will be ours within the week. (It
gets ok'd so we own it...hope having a Norton in the collection doesn't send
me insane...I've been told when you buy a Roie original you get a lot more
then just the art...!). Means I hang out for a few weeks till I get
paid....but sometimes starvation is a good thing, he I could lose a bit more
weight. Just great that its "The Cat" as well....seems fitting.
Found a rather well written article on Rosaleen on the www, Dr Marguerite
Johnson penned this:
The final comment from Roie is still my favorite.
"I came into the world bravely, I'll go out bravely".
The Rosaleen's and Vali's of this world should be cherished...not just for
their talent but for being unique.
Head off to see Becky tonight, she tells me all about her Territory safari,
sounded great. We even got a present, like that topped off the day. We have
a coffee and watch the Hoons go by on Chapel Street. A troop of bike riders
go by with very BIG...helmets! Must of been a cold night. I walk home and
the stars look really bright tonight, feel happy. It's a good thing.
Wake up very early today, I had a late night, thought about relationships,
being loved, art, the world....the price of avacado's... if Keanu is really
gay, if you could have sex with the cyborg from Andromeda...you know that
late night bed stuff....so little sleep. The phone rang just when I climbed
out of the shower, I thought it might of been ZAC the gutter man, but it was
my friend Amanda, one of my old school buddies...felt weird as I was having
this conversation totally nude...so I begged her to call me back. Her sons
did really well in the irish dancing contests, trophy winners- she is a
proud Mum- was nice.
Feel very good, like something is pumping energy into me...go with it. I'll
probably curl up by P.O. box 333 and have a nap!!! Sue runs out and gives me
all our mail, I like Sue, she is a fun one from Prahran Post Office...she
gives me heaps, I like that in a woman. (: A few bills, fan-mail, orders,
memberships, 7 orders for BANG, 3 for Glamour and 2 for WINGS...big day for
Rocket Pocket Books. I like the idea of when I am long gone that someone
opens up a rusting trunk in an attic some where in downtown Detroit and
finds the diary books. They'll go what a freak this guy is. I kind of like
being a bit odd, everyone is odd in their own way...people should embrace
their unique side a lot more... some people are just scared what everyone
will think....when really the people pointing the finger are probably bigger
Thought it was funny last night giving Bec this big bag of stamps for the
local church, I think they sell them and help various charity's etc, we give
them a LOT. ...the funny side was that Archbishop Pell's head was on the
chopping block today and I really don't like him- not just because of his
homophobe crap, it's just a feeling- he creeps me out..you know he mightn't
of molested the kid/s but there is a small part of me that has pleasure in
watching yet another clergy squirm....sad in a way because a lot of people
are really uncertain about what a church is these days...and as church
numbers fall they should ask why. More like lack of trust to lack of faith.
I just like a religion that doesn't try scaring people into the arms of
God, the Church that preaches love to all and a clergy that you can say- he
or she is a good person and one that lets me sing REALLY LOUD! Hey we are
all gods creatures...but the church is dominated by mans interpretation of
what God wants....if you truely believe going to church makes you a good
person you are an idiot- being a good person makes you a good person.
Catch up with Spock today and show him the "Fantastic Ornaments" book with
the millions of art drawings....point out about 60 images I want to use in
GLAMOUR. So book three of the F/16 Diary's is underway. Jackie is at Babble
and was blown away by the book, I kept seeing people looking at it over my
shoulder...cool images. The rain is pouring down outside and it's good, more
water for Victoria.
I watch the news tonight and the head of our state Steve Bracks looks very
polished, he looks rather good looking for a politician. The Liberal party
leader- whats-his-name came on, all gloom and doom- he's not very good.
Don't think he'll make Premier. Must be an election coming up with Bracks
looking so polished. I think he'll be returned, he's not too bad for a
Let Mark pick the DVD tonight, I like being at home, just nice and
comfortable, don't know if I will ever do a big tour again. Some touring but
no massive ones.
I buy a new light-globe at the supermarket. Damn GST.
Let myself sleep in today, nothing major just a few hours....had a spooky
bath experience last night that I won't even talk about here. Finally the
hairs on my arms have settled.
Heard from Bill yesterday, Alex Lloyds manager, I miss those guys, seems
like ages ago since we all worked for the House. He's doing well, with
George and Alex, good people I like Bill and family.
Just reminding all Melbourne readers that the wonderful Paul Hester will be
special guest with Dog Trumpet at The Cornish Arms (Brunswick) on October
10th. The D.T's are great,it's a late launch for their self titled CD. So if
you haven't been out for awhile come on down, I like The Cornish Arms- we
did our Bic Runga shows at that Venue. Come along and see Uncle Hessie in
Grey day outside, reminds me of England (Opps), wow- some main UK magazine
voted Melbourne the #1 city to live in and visit. Can't remember which
magazine but it's a good thing for the tourist trade. The only point that we
lost was for unpredictable weather *grin*...Sydney lost major points for
crime. I think Vancouver did really well too. Go Melbourne! We all knew that
Get a call in the afternoon from Ben Yeti, he's ploughing up the road with
Midnight Oil, they start on the M-1 shows today...Brisbane? He sounds good
in that road animal sort of way...know it well. We miss the big bloke,
serious partying when he gets home for all of us. We need a good party!
The emergency Aero Bar in the office drawer was just too tempting...I'm
sure I could smell it's toothsome odor through the desk....I am weak! It was
an emergency, I need chocolate!!!!! Sounds like an excuse, I should just be
honest and admit I like the taste!
So strange Foxtel are announcing that they are about to start showing
FARSCAPE...in prime time viewing- strange to make a major deal out of it
after a show has been axed. Oh well any extra Sci Fi on TV is always a
Latest UFO photo that seems to be popping up in the media is one from Kent,
sent in by a resident wanting to keep themselves hidden....it's a clear shot
but reminds me more of a still from the X-Files DVD..guess they'll know if
it's real when they test it. Did see some cool footage of a UFO bobbing
along over a mountain range! Looked pretty unnatural...it looked
funny...Unidentified Funny Object!
Head to Babble to catch up with Rebecca, I arrive early and do some work on
GLAMOUR, it's packed but the Babble crowd have kept a table aside.
Rebecca has her photos from the Territory- glorious sunsets in all shapes
and sizes. They have a guitarist at Babble today, just playing some
background music..I laugh when he starts on "Stairway to heaven" not sure
Spend the day at home just tidying up, domestic bliss, compost leaves,
clean windows in the atrium...Cosmo see's the door open and makes a run for
marks bedroom upstairs- that rabbit is obsessed with Marks room, always
hanging around the closed door...talk about Hairball reincarnated- each day
that passes Cosmo becomes more like a pussy cat.
Notice that Halloween is fast approaching (again), think it would be good
to have a BBQ with a few people...there's a plan. Better get in early for
our pumpkins.....they seemed to disappear quickly last year.
On a fun way to finish this weeks diary, made the social pages of the Sydney
papers today...made me chuckle ...noted author...how funny is that!.
"In the meantime, Belinda Chapple was recently spotted checking out her new
Bleak City locale with her great pal, enigmatic music industy publicisit and
noted author, Peter Green. They were seen moving at an incredibly slow pace
down Ackland Street St Kilda. perhaps hoping to be discovered by the casting
folk from The Secret Life of Us?" .....
Take care everyone
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