The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 7 August - 20 August 1996
Hi Diary People! Today a big parcel arrived from my pal Sally in
England-she's been sick so I've been sending her cures for her cold etc.
She sent me a nurses
outfit-ahhh gee Sal. its a BIT small-and I'll probably get arrested wearing it.
Not sure if Blue and white are my colours!!!!!!!!! Alex joins us for Coffee
at the Elephant.She use to work there and now has moved to Greville Street.
Greville Street is one of the coolest areas to shop in melbourne-like a
GOOD Melrose shop, or a GOOD Oxford street shop or one of the cool small
shops at Kensington markets in London. Its not a very big street but it
makes up for it with quality clothes etc. Anyway Alex is there, her
girlfriend threw a shoe at
her and she has a huge bruise on her thigh- so much passion! I arrive home
and find a BIG padded parcel from Amanda at Grants office. Shucks its a
GOLD record for the last Screaming Jets album. It made my morning- I know
the guys are always getting gold records- Noel Crombie made a Coffee Table
from some in the eighties, but I still get a buzz out of being remembered.
The JETS are one of the hardest working bands-Aaron their manager has been
good to work with-we'll be doing a lot more fan-related projects over the
next six months. Grant sends me some money for my $500 phone bill-at last I
can pay it-I talk too much.
Today becky and myself go and visit Jen and Merl. We are both having a massage.
Tell Merl about my scary dream "state" last night. I woke up thinking there
was a person (thing?) standing over me-he was completely black and he
didn't have a
but he had his arms folded and was a bit pissed off. My room-which always
feels safe felt very unsafe-so I curled into a ball and was a bit scared!!!
sounds pretty tragic.Wonder if neil can use it in a song (:
The Massage was great-no sign of the cactus spike-feel very relaxed.
Drop in and see Paul (Hester) at the studio. God you can smell the pot down
the road. Its a great little studio,but I always feel like I'm intruding.
Paul always makes a cuppa and plays me something new. Sean kelly and others
worked on the latest track-sounds very much like Voodoo Music. Kind of
cool. I notice the underpants are missing off the wall-did someone need
them???? Paul signs a pile of CDS and just loves the CRowdies album on
vinyl . It does look good-someone mentions that he doesn't get much of a
mention.........dont worry a lot of us didn't-especially on the bonus live
album ): He (Paul) doesn't think the CH shows will happen-I still have some
feelings that they will. We'll see.
Crowded House seems to be getting played everywhere- RED Music channel have
played several clips today-must be all the letters that club members have
been writing in. Caroline and John (downstairs) have flown up to Sydney for
the weekend so I am looking after Juno the cat. I have to hide inside the
door and entice her inside with a trail of dried cat food! It works. She
even lets me pat her. Johnny in England is still trying to get a deal-I
hear so much shit music I'm amazed that someone hasn't signed him-his stuff
walks all over some of the crap thats out there. He's in the studio and he
has Bjorks drummer and the bassist from Simple Minds is playing on the
stuff too.A new song about ......
er...Termites? Spend the day going through all the mail.
Decide to take a table at the Camberwell Record Fair-its always a good
excuse to clean up the office. Some jerk comes up and starts slagging off
CH-its the best day that they decided to break up etc etc. I told him that
music is a personal taste and I'm sure that heaps of people would think he
was a total loser if they knew some of the crap he listened to. Simple
really-if you dont like something DONT listen to it. Thankfully there were
a few people buying the new album and someone told him to Fuck Off-so that
was A "nice" way to start the day. The CH
article in the Age was ok, not too many mistakes (except that Neil joined in '77
I told him he had the year wrong) still some good quotes.
"The mix of personalities is what makes a band sing,like a club that you
want to join,a gang you want to be in",Finn says"a good band has that sense
of putting out a shared aesthetic and everyone looks at it and it looks
attractive,inviting,seductive,almost.That was the case throughout on
stage.Towards the end when Paul was getting dark on it,we certainly lost
some pizzazz on stage,we wern't putting out the same amount of energy". A
We have Dinner at Prahran-Mark,Rosemaree,Kim,Andrew. Rosemaree tells a
strange tale of Indian men stretching their penis's by hanging rocks on
them .Weird dinner conversations-what is in this food?
Dianne from America calls-she cant sleep-she mentions that "Recurring
Dream" is at #23 on the Virgin megastore charts.That will probably be our
only chart for that album from America-I cant see Capitol making any
We work all day long and most of the evening in the office. Our Uk charts
arrive and "NOt the Girl" debuts at #20-thats not too bad-this single is
getting more airplay then INSTINCT.Plus its on lovely WHITE Vinyl. Its so
great having Crowdies on VINYL again. Congratulations to Paul Blower for
snatching a minute or two of fame by being our lucky 1500th "hit" on the
diary site-he gets one of the Famous for Sixteen Minutes shirts.
A strange blue car just pulled up in front of the apartments,a girl in a green
dress jumped out with a camera and snapped a photo. I watched this weird
even happen from the front bedroom window. How strange-it wasn't someone I
recognised-but then again my friends usually come inside when they "visit".
They didn't even glance at Neils huge house.Maybe they liked the look of our
place? I just planted heaps of Bird of Paradise plants near the front fence,
when I was in LA they were flowering everywhere and they are such an off plant
(very out of this world-ish) so I decided they would look good at the front.
Plus if they grow large enough they'll stop weird people in green dresses
taking pictures (*gryphon grin*).
Leanne calls from perth-she is moving back in with Wendy. cant believe I've
known both of them for so long. They first sent me letters when they were
young ENZ fans/CRowdies Fans . They shared a caravan together. They've
moved on and grown up a lot-they still love the guys music though-anyway
they are going to live together again-should be fun! Charts-oh we dropped
today nationally from #1 to #2, Celine bumped us off as expected. hey a
month at #1 is fine. Still #1 in WA and SA. "Everything is good for you" is
now out of the top 50,but it did ok. Book our house in the
Grampians-Melbourne Mountain range. We'll head up there in a few weeks-hope
Cook Lasagne for dinner.
Brent (Grants brother) sends me the new Divinyls CD. Its pretty good, far
better then the reviews its received. Chrissie is sounding a bit bluesy,
and Charley Drayton who worked with Keith Richards band worked on the album
too. "I'm Jealous" is on there- it was played on Melrose Place a lot.
I get a call and an email from SKIP who used to be our Tour manager and now
looks after Mental as Anything (Their manager).he's just returned from "T.
in the Park" in England. 30,000 people a day and 3000 in the backstage beer
tent. Radiohead and Pulp headlined- would of loved to see PULP. Radiohead
I've seen a few times and they don't do anything for me. Pulp are very
cool. "Mentals" are
busy recording a new CD and "Dog Trumpet" have a new cd out on TWA-must buy
No real CRowdies news-keep hoping Grant will ring about a gig or two-still
don't feel its totally over-haven't heard that fat lady sing yet! Heard a
few good songs today by two Aussi groups. One is "Mr Lazy" by Little Hornet
and the other is "I want you" by Savage garden. I think Savage garden are
going to be big-could be an International Hit. I cant believe that 2000
people have clicked onto this site already-am humbled by your comments.
Still feel the need to thank Deb. for getting it happening. I know Marck
has also been running the address.
My Mum went into hospital last night- I should be in Sydney. I speak to her and
she demans that I stay in melbourne. I'll give her 24hrs and if she isn't
any better I'm up there. A few hours later and the Doctor tells me she is
they are taking her appendix out. Fairly sure she has an appendicitis.
Worry too much to go the Divinyls gig. Blow it out and stay by the phone.
cant believe that all the hospital beds at 3 hospitals are full except one
bed-make sure my Mum gets it.
Tim flys into Periscope. A Geelong (Outer Melb. suburb) band called Big bag
are doing some writing with Tim. Its more of a work session,throwing ideas
around,he;'s helping them out. Karen from the band whips my arse at pool,
in fact she's beaten everyone today. Tim is writing a letter for his
he's looking good-and tanned,of course when he flys into melbourne it rains!
Jane from periscope is flying out tomorrow for 2 weeks in Italy-lucky duck.
Talk to Tim about returning to America-at this stage its not confirmed and
probably only a small chance-he wants to go back, if it happens it could be
late OCT. But please its only a chance. A major tv show want the Finns to
play a song or two. Wonder if I'll be back on the road-hope so-America was
fun last time.
Miss Candy turns up at the Blue Elephant for Breakfast-she's very quiet today.
Maybe she did a show at Three faces? At least her makeup is on straight today.
Call Nigel (Griggs) this Enz Bassist is 47 today. he's amazed at how many
people have called him- Noel,Neil,our old manager Nathan etc. Will go and
visit him next week if I get a chance. There is a petrol strike on the way
and I dont want the Grey Ghost to run out of gas. Its rains heavily today
and the central heating is working overtime. Create some painted vases-I
was shocked at how good they are-may give the big round one to Rosemaree
for her birthday on Tuesday.
A lot of fanmail in today-half of them mention the diary site-that scares
me. No more Nurses outfits. Send calvins!!! Grant finally calls me
back-must be the email that I was running away to work with INXS that
spurred him to call. he's been very busy and the ENZso dates are ready to
be announced for Australia. here they are: Jan 30th 1997- Brisbane Ent.
Centre. Feb 1st- Sydney ENT. centre.
FEB. 4th- Flinders Park-melbourne. FEB 6th-Adelaide ENT. centre.
We are still trying to get to perth-so its not confirmed. We'll keep you
updated. The tickets for these ENZso shows go on sale SEPT. 2nd. So
fans it might be a good time to visit OZ. probably the only chance you'll
get to see this incredible production. Still no news on CH date/s.
Just heard dear Diary that our wonderful tour manager Billy Cullen has become
a dad. His incredibly beautiful wife Edrei just gave birth to a 6pound 2 OZ
baby girl called Daisy. Wecome to the world Daisy Cullen- its a nice time
to be alive (well most days). Wow becoming a Dad the first time-must be the
most incredible eperience EVER......is that my bio. clock ticking
The race is on-who'll be first-myself or Tim!?
I've juumped ahead a day to say a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to DEBBIE LEVITT for
keeping the Split Enz site up and running for its FIRST YEAR. She's done an
incredible job and its a lot harder then you guys realise,especially with a
that exists only from time to time. She's managed to keep it interesting and
suffer madmen like myself. Good on you DEB. Dont forget the lucky 10,000th
HIT will win a very cool prize! Thanks DEB. we wouldnt be here without you!
PS-Happy Birthday Rosemaree-see you at Monroes Tonight!!!!!!Goodnight Readers.
[editor's note: you're welcome - it's been beyond fun - I love you all!]
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