The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 1 December - 14 December 2003
Well here we are the 12th month and I can hear those sleigh bells fainlty
ringing in my ears, they increase in intensity as it heads towards the end
of the month and I get a craving to join in with those Churches but defer to
do something more constructive like a few good deeds. Wow imagine if all
those people suddenly put down their prayer books and up and left on mass
and just did something so positive and amazing, said 'well done' and then
went back to the Church and started singing again.....a very Tim Burton
visual thought methinks... must be those crunchy M&M's that trigger off such
things in my brain.....
Today also marks the release of Andy White's single 'Tell me why' so it's
National Andy day, at our office anyway!!!
It's also World Aids day, so I scoop together all the gold coins I have been
saving and promise I will buy a red ribbon from every collector I see... I
miss one poor straggler so I run across the road and buy one, almost a human
insect on the window of a #8 tram! My publishing bag is ablaze with a sea of
red ribbons. So did all of you buy one ?
Monday is chart day and that Delta keeps on selling, equally Crowded House's
sales for 'Recurring Dream' in Australia...she'll hit 12 platinum next week,
and still no one can bump her off the top spot. Kylie's album is starting to
drop, I wonder if the record company are worried, sales are sluggish at best
here and England, you can hear the knives coming out...it's like the media
are deciding that we need a new icon...
The Return of the King- Premiere in New Zealand tonight and we spotted him,
there was the NZ King, Mr Neil Finn at the premiere giving them a wave, and
the crowd of 100,000 lined the streets and we could hear them chanting
'Neil, Neil...' what a great event for Wellington am so happy for N.Z. to
steal the Premiere away from Hollywood.
Andy & Christine are excited, as are we that the final few shows of White
Collar Blue are being shown at long last, this series deserved better and
even at it's worst it out-rated everything else that replaced it... such a
stupid move to axe it.
Our old gig friend from Sydney- Judith is in town, so she stays the night,
it's a quick visit but always fun to see her, the spare room is getting some
active use lately, our home has a revolving door these days....
So Mark Latham is the new Leader of the Opposition, just piping Beazley at
the Post. I know very little about Latham but anyone who describes John
HoWARd as an arse kisser is o.k. in my book. Seems the public feel that too
as the opinion polls are showing a strong swing in support of Latham's new
The Hockeyroo's defeated Holland yesterday (2->1) in Sydney at the Champions
Trophy, so far Australia is undefeated, what a team.
Mark and his team turn up and yes the front gutters are finally done.
Several neighbours of both sexes were rather drawn to the number of young
men scaling ladders at our house in their little black shorts..... it must
be all that balmy heat outside (and a few peoples balmy heat on the
Thankfully our mate Sarah saved the day and tracked down the gutters, they
have been the only ones who have turned up and got the job done... so Sar.
we owe you. Next Savage Garden Boy who has a solo release will happily help
out with some extra push!
Good timing on our part..that balmy weather ...well it was a huge storm
front and 100+mm of rain fell, biggest storm in 120 years, 6 people hit by
lightening and those small plastic cars were bopping up and down on the
flooded streets....they said something like 40% of houses flooded, we had
one area get a bit water logged but our house is 120+ years and the roof
angle so steep...wasn't too bad..the front new gutters worked well. Cosmo
sat in the main windows near the wrought iron balcony and watched the
plastic cars float by.
Don't leave for N.Z. till this evening so get a full days work done. I have
my bags packed, really packed considering it's only for a few days they seem
I'm over Air NZ again, thought I'd give them one more chance and it was such
a stupid idea, the flight was really late, food was o.k. and hey I had a
giant Lord of the Rings cast member painted on the side of our plane. Had a
weird experience with the person next to me trying to pick me up.... and it
would of been at least interesting if I was single, and despite them being
quite stunning I gave them my 'it ain't gonna happen' look. I even left my
dissembled flying hairstyle look in the hope it would push them away. It's
weird when that happens.....
Arrive at the Hotel, Janey says I should of stayed at Finn mansion but, I
was really into the Hotel, simply because the Finns have finally moved the
office and studio out of the home and I thought it might be nice for them to
enjoy their time in a home environment...some sort of respect thing from my
The Hotel always looks after me, and they give me my usual room.... of
course I can't sleep, order room service, read , work on some interview
questions, call Mark, talk to the rabbit (he never talks back)..... take a
Tim emails me that he'd like to do his interview and hour early, thankfully
I checked my mail at the airport.... so am aware of his request.
Have some food at Mt Eden's wonderful Volcanic cafe, I always forget that
their coffee bowls are the size of a spa bath.....I never need THAT much
coffee....and have some healthy fruit salad. Buy Marie the most amazing
roses that I've spotted in the window of the florist. Such incredible
shades...they look like they belong in an old world painting....
Harper is at home and he is fun, he's growing, still has those eyes that
know the worlds best secrets...great kid, get to meet Miss Elliot and she is
going to be a stunner...she can't stop watching me.... another set of lovely
Interview Tim for the 'Letters to my Frenz' ENZ book....and then
film/interview him for the Finn Brothers questions. He tells me he is so
happy with the interview, the best he's done in ages and ages. Good to hear
that, I know he's being truthful. I tried to keep away from most of the
Chunn book stuff as it's all been said before.... some good detailed
Next it's a quick visit to Eddie, and stay for awhile as we like to have a
chat, go through some more live material, some for possible use as a bonus
disc for the True Colours Re Issue... and the other half (here's the scoop
ENZ fans) might be used as a bonus disc for those who have pre ordered the
Enz Book (Letters to my Frenz)...so for those fans who had the faith to pre
order they should be looked after...not saying what show, it's also early
days but IF all goes well that's what I am hoping. Have spoken to most of
the guys and it all seems fine.....
Ed is now going to be the MC for New Zealand Idol , the deals signed and
Ed's on board.... hope his dry humour comes out .... as time goes on I enjoy
Eddie more and more...think it's the brutal honesty between us (:
he plays some of the upcoming Space Waltz album... it's really good.... love
all those sounds...so much better then Space Waltz ever were.....it's cool.
Leave Ed's and navigate to the new Finn office, the building Neil & Sharon
have bought, and I do well, arrive pretty much on time. Jeff let's me in and
I am captivated by this building, so incredible, so f**kin' HUGE, an amazing
Masonic Lodge and I can smell ritual everywhere (it's my Wicca nose and some
severe PSI courses in L.A.).... so good to see Janey who I always love,
she's a great mate of Sharon's and I see this great golden heart when I look
at her.... she's also made my life much much easier by cataloging Neil's Hi8
tapes which we'll be using as part of the 'Home Movie' area of the Crowded
House Retrospective DVD in late 2004.
The boss comes out and I'd forgotten his Neil Finn look, those eyes and that
grin... I've finally settled around him, and a big part of that is Sharon,
can't explain it here, I used to get so nervous, not in a fan-ish way, just
in 'a' way...for no reason.... but that's awhile ago and I guess I am the
Duncan Idaho of the Finn/House Atreides for those who understand my 'Dune'
reference. It is good to see him. Funny I've started calling him Boss, hell
it's only been 20+ years......
I get the guided tour, well part of as a real guided tour would take an
hour, and we need to get the Interviews done, the Finn Brothers one and a
small one for the Enz book.
We hear the sound of a piano being played..and both look up and walk in the
direction.... there sits Ex Enz Man Ex APRA man Mike Chunn tickling those
ivory's....after a few minutes of us watching he looks up and smiles.
Right on queue walks in the lovely Dave Dobbyn and he's wearing a Fez... I
say hello to brother Dave and we both say 'Toga Party' and crack up. A Fez
suits him... he should be the royal welcome party for all who enter this
Lodge of Friendship.
Do the Finn Brothers Q&A first, fans from all over the globe have sent in
questions, there were a lot and a chunk were picked and 95% of them given to
both Finns so the answers will run under the Questions..from both points of
view... so it's interesting.
Sharon walks in, looking great Dawny and the recent chandeliers are so
intricate and lovely, her display room is really a form of art, not just a
light appliance...great stuff.
Neil is needed in the studio, 'do you want to come in' while I record, won't
be long...yes as if I'd say NO to seeing the Finn Brothers recording.... Tim
pops out of some side door....and he jokingly asks if Neil's answers were
shorter then his... *grin*....
The sounds are great, it's this moment that defines why I love my job, that
first listen, or advance listen of these guys making this music. I get so
pissed when people easily dismiss artists songs as most people never really
get to see or know what goes into them.... the voices of both Finns meld and
I am captivated.... they know it....I am the March hare stuck in the Finns
musical headlights..let the black wheels fly over!
Neil points out that they won't be rushed on this one, they are giving it
the best chance, and that includes live.... so it may take longer to record
but it sounds like globally fans will get to see it performed live in more
We head back to the Ballroom where tomorrow nights Christmas Party and the
christening of the building will happen. Pretty much all the friends and
family around the Finns, a bit of a Xmas party..... an amazing room. pretty
sure I am back in NZ soon to do the full work on the archives in our
basement area, made a half real suggestion that every Sunday we should have
Yoga classes in the 'Ballroom'..has these windows that are the buildings
soul.... this light rushes in, not nasty white light it's kind of defused by
We continue the Interview and both stop after the question... 'it's hard to
do this after being in that studio' I say... Neil totally agree's and we do
continue but the music is floating about in our heads I just know it......
doing an interview is kind of surreal.
Head down to our archives and work out some areas with Jeff, and chat to the
boss about it while he sits in this enormous room with a racing car set...
it was a kodak moment. Go through some of the HI8 footage and box it so it
comes back to Australia, Janey has given a very detailed account of what's
on the tapes, she saved me weeks of work...maybe months.
Come back upstairs and Neil and Tim have signed the front of a few of the
Wings Off Flies books, they looks great autographed.
Watch the sun set from the ballroom, get an offer of a lamb roast and the
boss was cooking but thought with all of the touring next year, some time
alone will become a rare thing..... I know that sounds strange..... I head
off from this amazing place.
Not much sleep again.....head to the Trinity Cafe at Parnell for breakfast,
some guys asks me if I am English.....weird...I say Mexican.
Really want to buy 'TAKEN' DVD box set.... for some reason NZ has it first
and it's around $120 here....head to the wonderful Real Groovy, like I
always do whilst I'm in N.Z. and I find a second hand copy...mint condition
and it's only $75 NZ! Super bargain....buy a few other Christmas presents...
Call Jules who's on the Robbie Williams tour, and just miss her at the
Hotel, tell her about the Party but I'd expect they'll be working on all the
show stuff..it's a big gig here so they'll want it sounding hot. Duran Duran
are the special guest on the tour and they have really grabbed all the media
in NZ....the news is full of D.D.
Have a look for some stuff on Craig Parker from Lord of the Rings....for a
friend....not a lot about. Send her some websites....
Head off to the Finn party, ok what am I wearing.....my Morrissey designed
pants, my striped shirt..and some winklepicker super pointy shoes...
originals which are a true danger as that Ballroom floor can be very
slippery....I could stab someone to death...hair well..yes what can I say a
mess and getting thicker....it;s a look as Robert Smith once said!
Security is at the door and says 'welcome Mr Green' I have no idea, I keep
thinking that he must of been an old crew person...I smile non the wiser.
Such a lot of familiar faces, over the moon to see the Eccles, Brent &
Helen, their boy Matt takes after his Dad and is the drummer for Betchadupa,
Brent was in The Angels...and now Helen and Brent are these incredible
promoters in N.Z. There's another Brent Eccles connection which is slightly
Enzish...as some of you know Enz keyboardist Eddie Rayner played in NZ band
Space Waltz well so did Brent Eccles...and he was in Stewart & the Belmonts
with Ed as well... N.Z. musical history tends to wrap around itself and I'm
sure every musician has played with another at some stage......
Helen makes my night and tells me she has made Jen's Pinwheels..at first I
thought she was kidding, but on the massive food table...there they were...
and they were perfect, every one of them went within 10 minutes, one
particular musician (who shall remain nameless had three on his plate!)...
the PInwheels have taken over New Zealand. Good one Helen. yep Pinwheels for
Some great music tonight, a bit of R&B, Neil then takes the stage and plays
a few songs by himself, then the Finns with Bones and Ross. Dave Dobby is up
there and they all create some nice sounds...add to that Liam and then Elroy
on drums and his friend....the music is filling this room....Eddie and Mike
Chunn from the Enz....GoldenHorse finish the night. I'm convinced that
Richard Finn danced with every lady in the room, he has so much energy.
Chatted to quite a few people, great to see Bones again, fantastic that he
is aboard the Finn Bros project....and John was looking after the guitars
and stage so it was all familiar....really liked 'Anything can happen' one
of the new Finn Brothers tunes. The Betchadupa boys are wandering about they
are like a little gang makes me laugh the Enz in the early days used to be
the same....all joined at the hip.
It's getting late and have to finish packing, use my esp to track down
Sharon & Neil....find them rather quickly and thank them for a lovely night.
It's so wonderfully them to be having a cuppa together. As I head to my car
out walks Dave Dobbyn and I kept thinking he should be wearing the Fez and
hand me my car and keys....wishes me a good Christmas and a bit of a hug...
I loom up at the ballroom and the lights are dancing out of the windows and
a few stragglers are still partying on.
The streets are always deserted this time of morning I like the drive even
traces of fog surround my car.
A family from Port Fairy are on my flight, and they are nice and keep saying
'Hey Peter......' like they have known me all their lives...odd but ok... I
am really tired and nod off a bit.
Sleep is on my mind again......
Can't remember if Jules birthday is 7th or 8th, I am hopeless, I keep
missing her at the hotel, I'm sure she is having a good time. Wonder what
Robbie Williams gave her for her birthday?
I have some diary books and WINGS aside for her, they'll give her a good
Single of the Month- The N.Z. release of MOVE OVER...by Betchadupa...but for
track #2 THE BATS OF DARKWELL LANE...really nice cover art too. Overseas
music lovers can buy this (tax free) at Marbecks online website.
Book-How to rule the world-a handbook for the aspiring dictator (thanks
Marco & Toija for this present).
Food- Vegetarian Patty with chutney- Prahran Market Cafe.
Drink- H2O from my tap, Melbourne water is the best.
New Toy- Sony VX2000E Digital video camera...incredible quality, the only
one to get.
Dickhead of the Month-Whitney Houston for staying with that loser Bobby
Brown, even when he beats her she keeps coming back for more. She's fu*ked.
Album-Marshmallows release- good work Alan Gregg.
Person of the month- Neil Finn.
Cate Blanchett looked fantastic at the opening of Roman Polanski's 'Dance of
the Vampires' musical- all pregnant and wearing a sashi nui jacket.
Need to buy a kataplana for cooking..I bet I spelt that wrong....anyway need
a good one for the kitchen to whip up some interesting dishes.
JET hit Platinum with their album and it's back in the National Top 20.
Kylie is about to exit the national Top 10, the TV special didn't work any
wonders with the album sales....some treading of water.
Took some copies of BANG! and the order sheets down to breakfast as they
need to be signed, looks like people are buying the little Famous for 16
Minutes books for Christmas presents as they are asking for them to be made
out to other people, I'm happy to do it and I guess they are 'unique' in
their own way...if not slightly bizarre. Will start working on 'TRIP' mid
next year, instead of covering 6 months they'll cover a year....
Call in and we buy the worlds biggest Christmas tree, get numerous potted
tree's to cover my conscious ... even though this came from a Christmas Tree
Farm I hate the thought of a tree being chopped down.... so we'll do our
usual and plant some extra's. It just fits in the 4WD, I'm sharing the front
drivers area with the top of the tree. The Oxfam shop Christmas stars look
amazing such works of art and this year those micro christmas lights... it's
some genius tactical work to get the Christmas Angel on top...but she's up
there and clinging on for dear life.
Much as I don't like our P.M. John Howard, Zimbabwe's foreign Minister Stan
Muderga should really look at Zimbabwe's human rights issues before pointing
the finger. Howard was right this time by -pushing for Zimbabwe's suspension
from the Commonwealth.
Hmm Michael Jackson's 'Number Ones' drops from #13 to 329 in the USA after 2
weeks, however the U.K. seems to support Whacko keeping his album at #3.
Some friends call by this evening and we have some Christmas cheer, Jen ends
up in a wig and the santa top as my humble assistant in the present passing
out. I like all these people and it was a lovely night, felt good and loads
of laughter. Our Melbourne family. As in all good traditions Rebekah is the
last to leave, she's a trouper!
Didn't really sleep, the sun peeped around my drapes so I just got up and
cleaned the house, still the question has to be asked, how only a few people
could use so many glasses. (: Loved our presents guys.
Hear from Debbie in Sydney who is writing a book on Australasian songwriters
the Finns are probably going to be in it, no release date guess it's in
Head to target as they have some Cat in the Hat dolls with books on
special... a great Xmas present for Genevieve up the road.
Mark spends the day using the new Sony camera, if I end up on the road for
the Finn tour, this is what I will be using, it's the same one the Pearl Jam
boys use to film their shows. Amazing picture quality...amazing price tag
The Cat in the Hat is hard to wrap!!!
Really enjoying the TV show OUR GENERATION... good scripts.
A present arrives from Jules, Star Trek Outtakes, brilliant!
20 years ago today treasurer Paul Keating floated the Australian
dollar....one of P.K.'s very clever decisions. The Australian dollar has
surged more than 32% against the U.S. dollar this year as the greenback
continues to capitulate across global markets. It has been a resounding
success for the Australian economy. Let's see treasurer Costello come up
with anything half as brilliant-that guy is a tosser.
Hmm get some sales figures for Silverchair, they've only sold 770,000 albums
in Australia so nowhere near my 'million albums sold' list.... I'm still
sure there are only 10 Australian groups who have sold One Million + albums
We notice the Peter Green DVD reviewed in The Sun received 4 stars....!
Melbourne fans just remember Dec. 20th Andy White will be playing his last
show for the year at The Elsternwick Hotel (Elwood) I think it's free as
well, so come on down for some Christmas cheer.
Woke up early with some tools playing football on our street at 7.00...big
Washing day, how I love washing day, (NOT)..... get up early and put Cosmo
the bunny outside, he looks at me letting him out early as if to say 'hey it
must be washing day'!
Won $10 on lotto again.... God keeps forgetting to add the extra zeros. Mark
won $20 he's doing better then I am.
Mark goes out shopping and brings home some fun bargain priced DVDs for us:
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (The Shameless Saga of a young Aussie in
The Omega Man featuring Charlton Heston
Breakfast at Tiffanys with the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn.
Mick Jagger was knighted over night by Prince Charles -he finally collected
his accolade for services to music. Keef will be happy!!!!
Mark works on some mini movies on the G4 and the VX camera...we email Ben a
Christmas movie with Jen in a lovely black wig and Santa outfit! Hopefully
it worked! he's somewhere on the road with The Living End. (Bummer we failed
it came back to us!).
Sleep deeply last night, loads of dreams, think it was the Chilli Con Carne,
all those fresh green chilli's....must trigger something. Very weird dreams
and they were vast and cavenous.
Didn't hear from Rosemaree so our possible breakfast is blown out, we both
have spent too much on Christmas so Babble won't get our last few cents.
Write out the Neil interview for the Split Enz book, am planning to finish
up the Tim Finn one this afternoon as well. Trying to get all the text out
of the way, so we can start on the photo images. Am hoping our special
surprise comes off for fans who pre-order the book, if so they'll be stoked.
Sis calls and looks like I do get some new runners for Christmas, those
great black Air Walks, Neil introduced me to them as stage shoes a few years
back and really comfortable. It's all I really needed, I am a man of simple
That's it for now..... next update just after Christmas, so I really should
wish you guys all the best. Hope it's a fun time for you all, and the best
gift you can give is kindness and some hope.
Lets hope 2004 swings towards some Peace in the world.
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