The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 27 May - 9 June 2001
May 27th 2001
Happy Birthday Neil Finn.
I wait till the afternoon and give him a call, he sounds good, think he has
been enjoying his short time at home before the Aussie tour starts.
This year I sent him yet another blank lyric book, a really nice one with
chunky recycled pages and this shot of Elroy as the gaffer tape Elvis, taken
on the UK tour. Hell what does one send Neil Finn.
Head off with Mark in the morning and we have some coffee at Brewhaha at St.
Kilda, then up to the new Jackman gallery to catch up with Susan and Pete
O'Doherty who are down in Melbourne to pack up their art show.
Mark was right about Susan's work, she has grown as an artist, really
incredible abstracts, it's like she has been set free . We buy a massive
work called "Overtones"- it just jumps out and bites our arses...love it,
damn huge and have no idea how we are getting this mammoth canvas home.
Good to see them again, they tell me that Mardi turned up but not Hessie
which is a bit odd, he was probably busy in the studio.
"Don't dream it's over" makes the Top 10 Australian songs of all time, voted
by the APRA board. Jodi Phillis who last month got our fave album of the
month (In dreams I live) sang a version of "Don't dream" for the special
invite only crowd.
Have a lunch meeting with Spock- talk about the second book- "BANG".
"HUSSY continues to sell, every day a dozen or so emails from people who
love it- I like feedback like that.
We already spotted two copies for sale on the auction areas, highest bids
were $50, which is close to three times what people can buy it for....we
still have a handful of copies left from the first hardcover print run.
Please don't get ripped off and buy it at auction.
Remember to move my car, back into the normal run of the mill lifestyle
again, garbage night, clean up all the leaves for the compost bins, move the
car for street cleaning, wash dishes, buy toilet paper, let Cosmo inside
when it's raining....life away from touring.
Urgh the infamous dentist appointment, this is the main one, full tooth
reconstruction....at first I was fine, two hours in the dentist chair, but
the last 30 minutes was horrid, I made them stop twice, I felt like a first
time mother giving birth- GIVE ME MORE DRUGS! After 3+ hours getting a
Tattoo I thought my pain levels were at an all time high. Nothing like a
dentist hitting a raw nerve and cutting your gums to make you want to
kickbox him to death! Actually the Dentist and his staff are really nice, I
just hate having this done...I jokingly told Rosie our caterer to warn Dan
that I'm out to get him for doing this...(grin).
The extra drugs kick in and I feel like I have had a stroke on the left hand
side of my face all day....dental hygiene. Urgh.
Go and get a ceramic match at the other dental place... no pain, this is
good. Have a chat to Belinda from Bardot, there is a slight chance they
might be in Melbourne filming a new video soon, I think she is getting Tiff
to call me when they hit town.
Neils Aussie band will have Scott McPherson playing drums, he is an American
who has played with Elliot Smith?
Book La Camira and head there for dinner with Robin and Trudi. Finalize a
few things about the trip in July/August- should be fun. Strangely enough
Trudi had to go to the dentist the same day I did, same tooth, same side,
Stuart calls by, he is putting together the Hussy Postcard, all full colour
and glossy, mainly for a Melbourne postcard drop.
Spock has done some backing blurb for it, all coming together.
Welcome Winter. I think Winter and Spring are my favorite times of the year.
I like the cold, the rain, the bite on the air.
Get an email from Mercedes and Larry, truely lovely people. Misty sends me
some of her book stuff that I've never read before, one is this great short
story of her waking up in her bed surrounded by all the characters she has
written about...very funny.
She confesses that the both of them went to one of the Auckland shows and
just loved the gig, if I would of known they attended I would of handed the
barman job over to them for the night.
Hearing from them totally made my day- I love their work.
Mark reminds me that Marilyn Monroe would of turned 75 if she was alive
today. Goodbye Norma jean.....
Head to Beenami with Rebecca today. Turns out to be a lovely day- still has
the feel of Winter but that's ok as we have a roaring fire going.
Mark finishes up the main part of the goat fence and I head off on an
adventure hike with Bec. We find this huge open "field" type area with a
huge tree in the middle and a wooden ladder- I think it's a fire watch
platform and the field a monstrous fire break.....we explore hidden tracks
and stumble upon a very sus house, pretty sure they had a huge dope plant
greenhouse.....but the owners/dealers were about and it was too nice a day
to get one's head blown off. We head deep into the forest and discover a
small abandoned cabin, messed up but it has a nice wrought iron framework
that we may score at a later date...you almost miss seeing this play as the
ferns and creepers hide it well.
We hiked back and had a BBQ in the farm, far too much food but it tasted
great. It started getting dark so we climbed back into the 4WD and headed
home....a really lovely day.
EMI buys a minority stake in software company ROXIO Inc. One thing Roxio
creates is the software for people to record music onto cdrs. It's one of
the first major music companies to put money (around $90 million aud) into a
company that allows technology for music fans to burn cdrs.
Get a parcel from Qantas, inside is a free upgrade certificate. Will use
that thank-you very much.
Neil's band for the Aussie tour are now all in NZ and rehearsing away.
Miss July sends me my birthday treat- the final 3 episodes of Voyager.... am
over the moon and spend the afternoon watching sci fi- a very happy
Neil's album jumps back into the Australasian top 20, and we are only about
4000 units from obtaining a Gold record here. As soona s we get to Gold it
will start feeling better. Depending on the USA/Canada release and any
future tv promotion etc, I guess One Nil will end up selling the same as Try
One of those days where I fiddle about just finishing bits and pieces. Start
on some of the possible Crowded House DVD, never know if a project like this
will continue to roll, hopefully but there are so many areas of copyright
etc etc involved we just have to wade through it. Thankfully Catherine who
is the main person working on it , is pretty together and that makes life
Deb sends me a huge pile of Hussy orders so the afternoon is spent mailing
them out, mostly American sales.
Well we were suppose to have Ben and Bob over for dinner tonight- but it
never happened and we both just threw up our arms- it ain't gonna happen,
not going to try anymore. If food can't entice the Yeti nothing will (:
An invite arrives by courier for a launch of Dakota 501, it's only around
the corner on Chapel street, our friend Nelly works for Levi's now so that's
where it would of came from. We've been getting a lot of invites lately, if
we were more socially active we could go to something every night....
"In 2033 justice rides a tank...and wears lip gloss."
have always loved this movie, I guess most people won't get it, in your
face- from graphics to extreme outrageous reactions and a soundtrack full of
Hole, Bush, Bjork and DEVO with a mutated version of Girl you want....
A huge meteor has hit Earth and it just ain't the same place, no cable, no
pizza delivery's and no WATER. Malcolm McDowell extends his white haired
villain role (god how many movies has he been the white haired villain?) as
Kesslee- the Gm of Water & Power. He is a dictator and only two things block
his path....The Rippers-(mutated Kangaroo men) and Tank Girl....and the
Gorgeous jet Girl (ok that's 3 things).
Lori Petty is Tank Girl, Naomi Watts is jet Girl (looks a lot like our
Torture her, stick her baby sister in a water seepage pipe but nothing can
break the spirit of Tank Girl. For people who rock, for people who
appreciate drops of comic art style graphics bounding across the screen...
attitude and a major butt kicker. Tank ain't no wank...we love it! 9/10
In a week that's only had one Australian song appear in the National Top
50...Jj proves that all is not lost by discovering a very cool Melbourne
band called Mandy Kane. Who said the SkyhookS of the new millennium?!
After breakfast I head into the city for the first of the Hussy radio
interviews. The book review with Derek Guille on ABC Radio.
I head to the ABC via the canal area near the river...windy and the smell of
the Yarra isn't as horrid as I expected, though the odd pissing spot was a
Debbie Leavitt meets me at reception, the first thing we both chuckle over
is Deborah's almost identical name to our fave webmistress...hey what's an
"a" between friends (hers is Levitt...not Leavitt)...still it's all a bit
spooky. Not much of a wait and then straight into the radio booth- it goes
ok but like always I miss out on certain things I wanted to say..... always
leave feeling I've just chopped a few mm's off my soul. At least when
writing this diary I decide on how much I kiss and tell.....live to air is
better than pre-record because I can still control some of it.....I guess.
They finish the interview playing some Neil tracks so the Finn man gets a
few songs played...so that's good. On the way out I run into the
Regurgitator guys sitting in the foyer...have a chat- they are playing a few
of the same festivals as Neil. I think they thought I was in Neil's band?!
A bit of turmoil today- Tiffany calls and I think in my head that I'm
running late for the Bardot new video clip- ASAP. Battery is dead in my slr
camera, we run out of video tapes for the digital.....so I have to call into
Arrive on the set- which is directly opposite to where we filmed I should've
never let you go. The set is pretty bizarre, looks kind of white sci fi-
like the inside of Dr Who's Tardis...if he decided to overdo it in Spanish
mission white. Run into Boo (Belinda) first, just this huge smile and we
both have a laugh- talk boy stuff and she makes me a cuppa. Looks good, her
costume, the shortest of shorts and great boots- she really has amazing
legs. So great to see the girl.
Sally is next and Jen from Warners is with her, little ferret that Sal is
jumps up and gives me a squeeze...really good haircut on her, brings out her
eyes- nice look. Tiff is next and has this Cabaret look happening with a
patent leather hat...and tussle top...and Soph just finished one of her
pieces for the clip- she's wearing some netting today and has lost a lot of
weight. She says she loves my hair long- I feel like I've been standing
behind a jet engine- it's so windy at Port Melbourne.
7.30 start and all flights get put back as we are sure that it won't finish
The only break we have is a quick trip to the local pub- Elephant & Thistle,
Tiff still in full costume. I make a $5 bet with Boo that she wouldn't climb
up on the pub stage and play the drums, a kit was sitting there. She stands
up and heads to the stage, Sally follows her and does a loud "Ladies and
Gentlemen...Miss Boo Chapple our new drummer"... to the applause of the
lunch crowd. I'm next to Sophie who is queen of the salad dressing today-
she's eating healthy= looking good....though we both partake in diet coke.
Straight back to the shoot and the filming starts again, overhead shots,
numerous group shots. By the halfway mark you have ASAP (the new song)
swimming in your head. We have 4 feral dancers, very tight stomachs and
several of the people connected with the band go into perve mode... they
have their bodies (fake) tattoo'd for the clip....and do some backing
dancing wearing fake furs....I shoot off several reels of film and use the
snapshot mechanism on the digi cam to capture some images for future use.
Am sending Deb 2 snaps from the shoot- they will be located in the F.16
IMAGES area of this website. So head their for a look.
It's getting late and I say my goodbyes and leave the Bardot girls to finish
the clip (and a photo shoot). The second part is filmed in a fake room
(set). It's good to see the crazy sisters again, had a lovely day, and
despite the girl-band/popstars "curse" I do love these wacky felines.
Haven't heard a thing how Neil's gig went last night- not a peep....I'm sure
it was a success but just odd that the internet has been so quiet.
I get to sleep in ,rained last night so I slept well, the tree's outside are
still shedding their leaves, our compost bins are overflowing so I'll be
glad when they have finished their winter striptease.
Spend the weekend finishing the glossy newsletter for Neil's mailout. Unpack
the final box of Hussy books- if anyone is still after a hardcover copy they
should email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you want an edition 1 copy of Hussy.
Seems a bit odd knowing the tour has started and here I am in Melbourne but
nothing that is going to scar me for life.
For those of you seeing one of these Aussie shows, have heaps of fun, he is
in fine voice. If you throw a paper plane request up- do one for me "Love
this Life" for Peter Green...
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