The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 9 December - 20 December 2001
Xmas Message from the Queen of Pop!!! (or the Gryphon of Groove depending
on who you speak to).
Happy Christmas to all of you.
Thanks for a lot of fun this year, as well as some incredible support.
One of my main wishes came true with the F.16 Diaries being released in book
form, so 2001 made me a happy elf.
It was also a time of sadness, losing the lead singer of the band that
dragged me screaming and singing through my teenage years (Shirl from
Skyhooks) was really sad. However it was also a good wake up call that life
is far too short and to grab it with both hands and squash as much of it as
possible into each day.
I really want a JUST DO IT t-shirt this Xmas! That's all I want Santa.
The terrorist attacks, and friends mothers passing away just added to the
sadness. Hairball passing away, was possibly the saddest moment for us, but
to know she still stalks the halls of the house being present in some weird
way that only Hairball could- makes it easier and a tad spooky. Our first
Xmas without the little bundle of fur ):
However we did have times of joy- Neil Finn and friends at the St James,
how magic was that, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Marr- did NF make me a happy
backstage person or what!!! The U.K.-Europe tour with Neil was mighty and
so many great supporters just treating us all so well. My surprise birthday
party- the Happy Birthday Super group, the Marrs mansion, and my Aussie
mates calling at all hours of the night...talk about big love! Sharing a
taxi back to London with the Finns- as the sun came up- cheshire cat smile
on my dial. Watching Cosmo the rabbit mature from a pain in the arse baby
bunny to a a mature rabbit...who we have grown to love. Part of Hairballs
spirit jumped in there and Cosmo now mimics many of Miss Ball's
characteristics. Do we even mention those blasted goats! Apollo still being
wild and free, Igor slowly trusting us week by week.
My Bardot girls- having their 5th Gold single in a row, not even Kylie has
had 5 in a row in this country- staying together against all odds, centre
finger raised to the critics who called out One Hit Wonders. Let them eat
cake I cried.....the kids love them, good role models and I NEED SOMEBODY is
still my favorite song for cleaning the house. The week it made top 5 I had
a VERY clean house.
My friends, a good lesson this year of who my friends really are. They
know, we know it's all that matters. We lost a few, gained a few , watched
some rather full on crap happen, stepped back from it all and took a head
count. Ok it isn't as simple as that but life wasn't meant to be simple....!
Decided that they are all adults and they can deal with it, all the 'crap
and the karma' (sounds like an album title). The world takes another spin.
So it's the end of December, it's been brutal but most of us have made it
through. The strange thing is, I can honestly say I have never been happier,
in all areas- I started thinking does this mean that I am now old and wise.
The answer was 'No just wise....'!!! Can't be old just yet... I'm sure
there is a part of Vali Myers in me, she passed on some youth germ when we
So that's it- far better than the Queens message (then again I'm sure there
is a big old queen hiding in me somewhere- NO COMMENTS PLEASE).
Roll on 2002, good cheer to all, and thanks for returning to this site and
reading such nonsense- does my heart good. Special thank you and a huge Xmas
pash to Debbie Levitt, not sure how she puts up with me, she is one of the
Onward Prancer and Dasher.... (ok it's really Igor and Cosmo with fake
antlers but how can you guys tell?).
December 9th 2001
So we wake up...how do I explain the living room. It looks like an endless
supply of wigs have blown in via the back door- tumbleweed fashion. Make up
boxes, fur lined hat boxes, costumes, fake beards, 200 sun glasses, devils
horns, and all the other remains of a photo shoot.
This will take forever to clean up and I really want to paint the dining
room, laundry and other areas- while I still have the vibe.
We clear the area, cancel some of the photos for today and get into some
serious painting. I do the brush work, Nan Doubtfire does the roller work.
The old girl worries it is patchy, I assure her it's just like watching
paint dry and it will be fine. It's an interesting colour- a yellow with a
touch of Gold, hard to describe but looks good.
Rosemaree is true to her word and calls by and we give her the fireplace and
mantlepiece. I end up doing the laundry myself. Kitchen I have put on hold
as Sharon Finn has vibed me up, Mexican tiles are the way, early 2002. I
spotted this classic tile book- just looked at several photos and went- Yep
that's the kitchen.
Four hours later and we have finished. A job well done. Thumbs up.
Have almost given up on finding CALL ME CRAZY by Anne Heche, have tried
everywhere, so weird that you can't buy it, or it's sold out. Does every
Lesbian in the world own a copy or something.???
Charts are in, we are selling singles but no albums. Bardot are Gold and
Gold, album and single, Neil Finn drops back in the charts, but the good
news is that the '7 Worlds' DVD is the biggest selling EMI NZ DVD so far,
bumping Robbie Williams off the DVD biggest seller spot. Go Neil!
I get pissed off as I get a credit for Merch but not backstage. I just wish
people would rely on memories and not tour guide books.....over it, bygones.
Yey HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH dvd has it's USA release today. Get Tom from
Video cave/DVD to add it to his website. Get HED this Winter!
Have an idea for our holiday next September, am excited by the thought, so I
speak to the lovely Miss Kylie (yes we have our own Kylie) and she books us
on the ORIENT EXPRESS. I keep it as a surprise for Mark.
Pretty darn cool, London to Venice. It takes a twist for the better when one
of the Orient Express people calls and gives us Liza Minnelli's room on the
train (I'll have to wear my 'Cabaret' outfit and sit on the Piano!!!) Still
it's ages away but time just seems to rush by.
I drift off into daydream land, sitting in ancient carriages, all plush and
polished watching the Swiss albums go by....have no idea why I have a pencil
thin moustache in my daydream...very Clarke Gable of me! Pretty cool. Always
wanted to take the Orient Express Trip so now is the time.
I keep thinking of Mark in his brilliant award winning Mrs Doubtfire outfit
playing the Grand Piano on the Orient Express as we chuff our way through
the Swiss Alps!!!!!
Get a nice card from Tiffany Bardot today, I like that- thanks Miss Tiff.
Watch the Bardot girls live on the Channel V BUS- it's at Dubbo today and
the Bardot's go off, people screaming and crushing up against the barricade.
I can vaguely remember a show called Popstars....they are singing really
Wow Mariah Careys Greatest Hits debuts at a massive #95 on the Australian
Top 100, and only #46 in the UK. Stiff or what. The second Michael Jackson
single debuts at #43. Fantastic maybe there is a God. Something evil about
them both I think.
It must be Bardot week. Was just signing a copy of BANG! for Katie (Ex
Bardot) and the doorbell rings and it's her. Out of the blue. She is looking
hot- and very happy and together. She has been working on the new TV show,
with Thorpie the swimmer and Simone Kessell. Unfortunately Jackie O us on
the show which is crappy. It's called UNDERCOVER ANGELS. On channel 7 next
year. She's also recording, so some music. Bardot or no Bardot we just like
Katie- smart and fun.
Head across town to YETI FEAST. It's this traditional meeting of weird
people with a passion for good food. Ok we lie, our friend Ben has put on
his chef hat and has been cooking up a storm. A few other friends are
invited, Miss Fran (we all hung out together in NYC), Mark will probably
marry Ben for several of his food platters alone. The dinner table is
packed, great conversation, food and just a very cool night. We think he has
been going to HOST A MAJOR DINNER PARTY lessons. It was better than Xmas.
BCO play the Casino. I hate the Casino, love the band but I can't stand that
place, don't feel a remote inkling to support it- even on the guest list
seems like selling out...play The Best of BCO instead. Here's hoping for
more shows...non Casino ones.
We head to HARES AND HYENEAS to buy our three Miss Candee cards-proceeds
from the sale of the cards go towards the maintenance of the Gay & Lesbian
switchboard and the counseling service. They need about $15,000, so we buy
up a few. Candee is just bizarre looking on one card...she has been in the
solarium far too long.
Mark Lizotte calls, had to be while I am all alone in the office eating a
Paddle Pop....he confesses that he has a fridge full too, sounds like he is
enjoying being back home. Starts recording his next album in February/March.
Possibly playing NYE on Chapel Street just around the corner.
The Xmas celebrations start today, a week of people dropping in....today was
the A list...ok I am kidding. Just a bunch of friends getting together.
The main topic of conversation was Marks Mrs Doubtfire Polaroids...I swear
we'll be selling posters of them soon. OK he looked incredible, so good we
could of sent him to welfare to score some pension cheques! We will never
hear the end of this. The Doubtfire band want to use him for the cover shot
of their first CD. It's called "She's Got Crabs" out March 2002.
A bit of present swapping going down tonight, instead of the usual wife
swapping!!! Great gifts.
Good comments on the paint job, and the devil woman herself Miss Rebecca is
the last to leave- such has tradition become...but we like that. All chilled
out....and the massive bottle of Moet from the Finns was consumed.
Woke up and had the vibe to work and clear off the "to do" list in the
office. Wrap the Finns Xmas presents. Neil gets his regular ledger, really
nice one this year, just to write those hits in....boringly practical.
Sharon, a heart shape box full of green glass beads for her next arty
project, the kids get a collection of decals and cloth badges from one of my
fave shops Route 66. Our Route 66 boy has the best Tattoo's in the world....
and discounts at the wave of his hand.! Gotta like that in a shop.
Send in all my invoices for wages-Xmas money, mostly for my sisters present.
She is going to be spoilt by her brother this year. I dig having a sister,
kind of a caring thing happening, some fun and we raise our eyes to the sky
at the same time when the relatives lose the plot!
Oh please what is Ann Peacock thinking- she has this column called TALES OF
A MODERN WOMAN. Well this week she wins our award for lame-arse article.
Waving her finger at us for Tall Poppy syndrome on Nicki Webster...don't you
mean short Poppy Ann? Sorry Nicki is evil and must head the same way as
Kenny...OH MY GAWD THEY'VE KILELD NICKI! For a modern woman Ann really has
no fuckin' idea. Has she even heard Nicki Websters album? It Sux.
Head into the city, it's not too Xmas crazy, the Reject shop is doing big
business, I tell the man with the microphone that I have enough Rejects in
my life and do not require anymore- he doesn't get my joke...I head to
travellex. They have no money, Melbourne still has a coin shortage and the
Post Office is running out of stamps. What is going on? Australia is coming
apart at the seams.
I worked out if every reader bought a copy of BANG! from the merchandise page of Frenz com...it would do nothing to help Australia but it would show
how much you guys care. Well that was a lame marketing ploy. I apologize and
i'll blame all of this on young Nicki Webster.
For those overseas readers
who have know idea who Nicki is, she was the little kid at the end of the
Olympics, all sweet, since the Olympics she has had a number TWO single
(note not a number one), currently plays Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz stage
play (I am giving the Wicked Witch big Payola for the flying monkeys to use
V4 grenade launchers) and she has weird hair. Maybe Nicki wills ell more of
her CDs with a copy of BANG! attached. ????
Miss out on Bongo Skyhooks cocktail party- I double booked with a goat.
Long story, not funny, no need for it to be written here.
Did get to watch some of the extra "stuff" on the Planet of the Apes DVD.
The EXTRA material is endless...2 hours later and we were still watching it.
Cool though, in some ways the MAKING OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was better
then the movie remake.
The extra doco on HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH dvd is classic...traces the
movies very very early days...you get to watch the germ sprout legs and
run... from an idea, a drag performance, to the stage shows to the movie.
Loved it. get HED for Xmas folks.
Put out the rubbish. Recycle till my nails are blue (and it aint the polish
Rush Rosemaree the Skyhooks update, Greg Macainsh penned a really nice
letter to the fans, we get some thank yous. Did my heart good.
Mark is in a pickle over what to buy me for Xmas....I finally surrender to
the pain of his indecision and paranoia to suggest a few things..gawd I'm
not THAT hard to buy for (gee thanks friends I HEARD THAT). I'm happy that
people make the effort...the thought is the most important thing- and I've
practiced my smile so even if I totally hate it with a passion you will get
a pleasing response.
Home Loan today- the bank brings the rates down. That brings a Xmas smile on
many peoples faces.
Breakfast at Babble and Michael has almost removed his finger with a knife
in the kitchen, nothing like a finger in your scrambled eggs. I thought it
was getting a bit crunchy!
Plan with the Yeti for a day in the trees, yes we head up to see IGOR
tomorrow. Mark is 'manning' the office, unless he takes on his Doubtfire
persona, then he's Old Grannying the office. So I have a day off, I can
I still can't believe it is Xmas in less then a week, I can still remember
last year so clearly.
Catch up with Bob and Spock in one of those rushed Xmas moments. We really
are all like ants shuffling from one Xmas occasion to another. Loved our
book present- THIERRY MUGLER-Fashion,Fetish,fantasy.
Speak to the NZ office and Neil is down the beach, just chilling out I
think. His USA One Nil release will be called ONE-ALL. He hasn't decided on
what songs will stay and which will go and what new songs will be added. I
ask for a cdr of new tracks...I am dying to hear some new NF tracks.
The alarm in my head goes off before the one by the bed, sigh,roll over
exit and stumble to the main bathroom, leaving a trail of clothing along the
way. The stairs are covered in millions of blinking mini Xmas lights, I feel
like I am on some exotic cat walk not the morning stumble to the shower.
The house is asleep, I should be, but the big Yeti plan is an early start
and I agree. It's good though as the traffic isn't too bad, I have on some
new driving sunnies that have that 'Dark Angel' look about them- so I dig
Food stops along the way, I am spoilt, B is the king of food.
The Sun breaks through the morning grey and it's a magnificent day, Beenami
just turns on the magic- must be all that Rosemary growing (I said Rosemary
not Rosemaree) apparently it's associated with magic- who told me that?
We head off on a hike, do the full circle, in and out of the forest, sit on
the 100 year old bridge and look for fish (more food?). I picture Ben as a
big bear- paw in the water grabbing fish- I start to laugh- I don't confess
my thought..hey it's ok bears are good.
The calm of no phones, no work, no stress , no B.S makes for a great day.
End up putting up the huge shade umbrella and snooze for a short time.
IGOR has decided that he really loves his hay bedding as well as all the
food, at this rate we will have one huge goat....and no bedding.
Return home, car full of lavender and rosemary. GREEN DAY rule all day, we
Meanwhile the massive hand built DVD cabinet arrives, looks sensational, and
Mark fills the thing, space for 3 more dvds...it is huge. terrifies us both
just how many dvds there are. The new security system is installed, and we
have trained Cosmo with his rocket gun!
To make my day complete my best friend in the whole universe gives me the
Anne Heche book-CALL ME CRAZY which I have been attempting to buy, as well
as HIMALAYA dvd (can we fit one more in?)....happy happy happy. Ann and all
her kookiness will rule my xmas break.
Spend the evening packing toys into bags for the local charity and a lot of
clothes, I'm sure this time of year just rains sadness down on some people
so every effort must help somehow? The bag of Teddy bears is great, I say
goodbye to all of them...and yes I should really grow up. Still toys and
clothes doesn't seem like a lot, am thinking of staying in Melbourne next
year for Xmas and maybe working at one of the charity Xmas day food centres.
I will guilt all week , and in the end I probably will wimp out but I like
the vibe behind it. Maybe just doing a few good Xmas deeds would be good.
Hell I find it easier to be a bad boy- doing good is a huge effort *grin*.
So this is a short Famous for 16 Minutes update, just wanted to get it to
Deb early as I'm sure she has a better things to do at Christmas [ed. note: yeah, I have two papers for grad school, a business meeting, a 3-yr projection on a new company I'll probably start soon, and I want to start catching the outside ferals to get them spayed and neutred. just your typical Christmas!].
Next update from 2002....stay safe and I hope your Xmas is an easy one this
All the very best...
p.s. our office is closed from December 22nd till December 31st, so no
emails till after the 31st. Thanks.
P.S.- Hear from Campbell and the lovely Bic Runga in N.Z. Bic is playing a
few small intimate gigs in N.Z. here are the dates for those who want to
attend, I am dying to fly in for the shows. Need to see the girl do some new
8 January, wonderbar, lyttleton (Christchurch)
9 January, sammy's jazz bar, Christchurch
10 January, theatre royal, Nelson
11 January, bar bodgea, Wellington
12 January, bar bodgea, Wellington
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