The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 2 May - 15 May 1999
May 2nd 1999
Was contemplating staying at home and working today, instead of brekky at
the Elephant (kind of like wagging from Church...the great god
decent sleep in- Fran calls and convinces me that we have to go as it's the
"last Sunday" (more religion) before they close for renovations. So we do
it, nice just the two of us, hadn't had a chat for awhile.
Spend the rest of the day in the garden....and cleaning up the leaves which
now number in the millions.
Dentist day for Marky, Rosemaree's guess is that it will be around $500, works
out at about $300 which is pretty good, and no waiting time. Mark seems to
be getting off on the needles (urgh).
Columbia emails us and Bics "Sorry" cd single is starting to chart-
Victoria leads the way and it moved up ten spots this week. Hope it
continues to climb but radio sucks with lack of airplay. They are still
playing "Sway" which is now 2 singles back.
Buy Jj's and Beckys presents, Johnny gets the script from StarTrek with the
arrival of Seven of Nine....I know he'll be keeping Renee up all night
playing the parts....Jj as Captain Janeway...what have we done? Found some
fantastic Japanese bowls which are all from this expensive import shop,
Speak to Ben Shapiro today, he's in Cairns, day off on the Suzi DeMachio tour
sounds ok, not too homesick. Then again it's only a few weeks.
Call in and do a photo of Imants Strauks with his platinum award for Living
in the Seventies, like Split Enz Skyhooks have a lot of record awards and
occasioally they ask us to sell them. Fred (Imants) tells me of his plans
for a pornographic (humerous) cd.....so I have a chat to him about
Oh those naughty Skyhooks- filth filth filth.
Work for 10 minutes on some questions for Tim Finn, have to interview him
quickly at our place tomorrow. Hope they have Harper with them, will be
good to see Marie again, get along well with her. The Finn clan.
Go to the flower hall and grab some new blooms for the house, nice that it
smells ok, instead of old sox and boy smells.
Tim calls by, just him and Marie. Running out of time, but enough spare
time to open one of our bottles of Red and a quick spliff. I had neither.
Tim seems to be talking fast today but in fine humor, really good to see them.
He doesn't let the camera get too close as he has built up several days growth
which is strange for him as he has been clean shaven the last few times.
Sounds like he will be glad to head back to NZ...too much road rage in Sydney.
Then again I think the real reason is that they have quite a few friends in
NZ with kids...so thats good for Harper. Been 25 years since Tims lived in
We play the "work in progress" cd which is called "FarOut" so it does have
a title. Like 3 of the 5 songs. One of the remaining two is ok, and the
other I just dont like. I'm pretty fussy around Tim, but I prefer this cd
to his previous demos.
Do the washing up by hand and ignore the dishwasher- it wastes too much
water, and tune into Triple J. They play You am I's "Heavy Heart"...just
love that song, make a note to order a copy in from my local cd store.
Stay up late watching Voyager....so great having a huge tv in my room.
Thanks Marky you rock!
My 10.30 today is with old mate Sarah- just general Skyhooks related stuff. The
album is out in just over a week so we are doing our targeting. Run into
Kevin who is also having coffee at Albert Park...talk about some offers LLT
they can do much better, these are just the first that have came in.
Mushroom have the new cd stock for Skyhooks The Collection, really happy with it
I eagerly clutch my first official cd cover (yey).
Borrow their Margaret Media Guide and attack radio and the printed media
like a thing possessed, want to give this cd my best shot. Sarah is great
to work with,
we make a good team. So if your parents want a nice present buy them the
Give Vali a call and lock in a day next week to visit her studio.
My navigator is still down, trying to find out if The Hunger is on
DVD...have that primal urge to view a copy. Email off some jpegs to various
magazines, and I get a call from Neils NZ office about the Enz Bio, think
it would be nice coming from the pen of Chris Bourke, per usual we have to
call in favours, but
I think Chris will get some good Karma back for this. It sounds like he is
down to the last few copies of his book Something so strong, so if you
don't have a copy now is a good time, before they have all sold. I think
Deb created his
Paul Stewart from The Sun calls and wants to write a piece for the weekend issue
so we'll get some press from that. Paul's a nice guy, he use to be with the
Melb. band Painters & Dockers....they had a hit with "Nude school". (The
video clip had them rolling around with pigs in the mud and the band in the
Happy Birthday Becky!
Work all day, mostly emails..saturation....
At 7.00 various friends drop in, we are all going out for a pg birthday dinner
plus its the last night at the Elephant before renovations start. We have
upstairs all to ourselves. Fran is there, Robin turns up, Ian and Bronwyn,
Toija and Marco,Becky,Tania, Rosemaree & Renee and Jj. Greg turns up later
on at home
with this huge book. Had a really nice night. Great presents, just fun with
all of the family there, glad they made the effort. We all had fun.
Brekky at RamJets.
Happy Mothers Day Mum....she drove me batty today- just couldn't find her
to wish her a nice day...eventually she turned up. Ah Mothers...some Sons
do 'ave em.
Spend most of the day with Rosemaree getting nuked from the
photocopiers....we did so much work. Where would I be without the big "R"!
Came home with a headache....weird.
Call into Mushroom with a mini "target" mailout. Then we drive miles away
to get Tims cd underway, poor old Gryphon mobile needs a service. Soon car
Our IN box is flooded with Birthday greetings, too many, made me feel
weird, but in a good way.
Grant calls and there is no real Neil news, just the show for
Tibet...wishes me all the best.
It's my birthday at last, seemed to be going for days. Mark gives me the
Star Wars book...I try not reading it before I've seen the movie.....I fail
and at the wee hours of the morning I'm reading it.
We head into the city and go to Vali's studio, it's so her.....just full of
stuff, mostly prints and photos....and sheepskin rugs.
We sift through the remaining 37 paintings (originals) and she tells me
stories about them. I just love this lady....and her life.
An hour later...I own a Vali Myers original called "Thornbirds in Paradise",
there is a great story to the title which I'll mention one day. I'll be using
my pay- several pays for this painting, over the moon and she gave it to me
for a very special price. Just so spoilt, considering the last one she sold
went for $100,000 (to Canberra). She tells Mark she misses her animals in
the Italian valley too much so she might have to leave Australia in a few
months....she tells us to visit and stay with her. We seem to hit it off
well. She is one of my hero's.
Go home feeling great. Declare that I'll get the most out of every day. Big
thoughts on my birthday eh?
Call in and see Becky, who doesn't want to go to the movies...crazy, she is
living so close to one of the most brilliant old theatres in Australia.
This huge mother fucker Possum that looks more like a Wombat climbs off the
roof and is in search of food...scratches Marks hand. I scream rabies!..and
Head to the Astor Theatre and see "The Hanging Garden" and "Head On", loved
both movies....the Astor has such great doubles. People should get out of
their houses more and see more movies.
At 12.01 my birthday is over again for another year. Big lovin' for PG.
Have brekky with Jj ad MG at Ramjets, they open ten minutes early to let me
in out of the cold. Talk stockmarket advice with the waiter.
Get home and Ben 1 from the Elephant has called and wants to have
lunch....I think he misses making us coffee. See Victoria some Ben's ARE
My 2.00 meeting today is with Grant from Blackfire. We talk about the
Songlines Music Festival. Its on July 17th at Melbourne Concert Hall.
Basically its the finale of the Songlines workshop that we have been doing
all year. People like Paul Kelly , Ross Wilson, David Bridie, Raymond J and
many more are going to be uniting with some of Australias best (and new)
indigenous artists. Hester and LLt might be on the bill, it could be the
first night they are on the new tv show so we are waiting. Paul said its ok
for me to do the Songlines Gig instead so I'm really happy about that. I
think we are looking after all the artists on the night, doing the running
sheet and making sure they are ready to go on. Torches in hand. Dugald will
be working too and Mark so thats pretty good, nice happening crew. The
tickets go on sale via Ticketex on July 3rd, and are exceptionally cheap
$15 and $12- will be a hot night.!
Wake up at some silly hour of the morning with space ships in my
head, just have to keep reading the Star Wars book MG gave me for my
birthday. Its sitting on this great carved stool that Becky gave me. See
the sun come up....
boy will I feel like shit today.
Paul calls and wants to borrow a wig for a wig party (very Melbourne to
have a cupboard full of wigs!).
Watch "Velvet Goldmine" on DVD- my buddy Sal from the UK sent it to me , on
time for my birthday- we all squash in on the couch and just lap it
up.....so sad that so many people just don't get it!
Pick up my copy of You am I's "Heavy heart"....just love the lines "I miss
you like sleep, and theres nuthin' romantic 'bout the hours I keep"...such
a touring line of lyrics.....can relate so bad. Know who I'd like to send
Red Symons calls me back (yes Hey hey its Sat/Skyhooks) he was really
pleasant, I seem to get along ok with him......strange. he agreed to do my
WHO magazine interview and everyone said he wouldn't.
Catch up with Toija at the Coffee House on Greville St, she's late, we're early
we decide to eat because we know she'll only have herbal tea. Jj was meant
to be there but went missing.....I tell her I'm too old to be a Yuppie! The
debate begins......"but you own your own home and buy art"......I hate
It looks like rain outside, but god ain't crying this week.
Work on the next mailout till the wee hours of the morning again ("there's
nothing romantic about the hours I keep........").
I end up feeding Hairball today...it's kind of become my job to do it on
Saturdays. Rained last night so I slept well...seems like years since it
rained... have to get our"little person" roof cleaner in soon to do the
he's so quick....it's just bizarre with this little bloke (4 foot) carrying a
ladder 10 times his height. He never lets me help him. Nice chap.
Go to the post office and buy all the video boxes and stamps for the Video
Newsletter #5, Mark is in the middle of working on it.
Paul calls and reminds me that at 4.00 he is dropping in to pick up a wig
for the wig party....oh I'm tempted to hide a camera
somewhere.................I think he has the Farrah one! Its that or
that...one wig per household in Melboure.
Go back to Murchison St- Belmore today...the second apartment is being sold
by John and Caroline. It's kind of freaky being back, mainly the plants,
the Lavender bush is gigantic, & the original pine we put in when we
arrived is now
30ft high (it was 15cm when we planted it). The apartment sold for a lot,
heaps of people peeping over the fence at Neil's old house. Was really
happy for John and Caroline. Drank champas...
Spent the afternoon working, feel very sleepy, think it's the grey weather. Mark
must be doing ok with the video as I haven't heard a "shit, piss
bastard,fuck" all afternoon....usually there is a barrage of swear words
creeping out of the video suite.
That reminds me...when we were shopping last night we spotted Vivienne WITH
A MAN! We have never ever spotted her with a member of the opposite
sex.....it really freaked us out. I smiled and waved as I walked past, she
called out hullo with a mouthful of pizza.
Hmm thats it for now.....have had some strong urges to have a week or two
travelling.....a good overseas jaunt is needed me-thinks.
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