The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 4 February - 18 February 2002
Gorgeous Guru Neil Finn & Sister of (no) Mercy Peter Green
Finns 20th wedding anniversary bash Feb.2002.
Photo:Green archives-Thanks to Laura JC
February 4th 2002
At the time of writing, we've just flown into Australia, after several days
of zero sleep, so apologies up front for the errors in this fortnights
diary..need to catch up on some Zzzz's.
Album of the week is the White Stripes "White blood cells" , go to see it in
the charts here too. Love the sound and the songwriting.
Our Chilli plants are going crazy, must of found a lucky sun area, they keep
growing and growing, I like how you can just walk out into your back yard
and pick one off the plant.
Laura calls buy and grabs her air ticket off me for New Zealand. We all try
figuring out what the Finns are going to wear, I start a major rumor that
they are going as Adam and Eve and are going to greet people at the gate
Melbourne researchers have found strong evidence that heavy marijuana
smoking causes depression, especially involving young woman. Pot has long
been associated with various mental illness. This latest survey makes a lot
of sense, it relates far more to "solid" smokers.
Find the right white material for Rosemaree to start work on the NUN party
costume. My grape vine tells me that there is going to be one flying Nun
already so I'll go for a different style!
So why isn't Mike Brady (Robert Reed) on licensed Brady Bunch merchandise?
In 1989 he refused to sign a deal with Viacom (Paramount) to let the
corporation use his 1970s image on Brady products. Soon after he died and
the lack of agreement means his image can't be used ...is this divorce?!
Book of the week: Not Just a Suburban Boy by Edwina Preston. It's about
Howard Arkley the Australian artists, and relates to the time they lived
above Dan Murphys Cellar building on Chapel Street at Prahran. It sums up
the period so well, you get the impression that Arkley was just bursting at
the seams with ideas and it's a wonderful time capsule of the Prahran area
too. A nice read.
Absolutely Fabulous returns to Australian tv tonight. It was good, could of
been horrible , but had some fun moments. Patsy...she is the best.
Get an email from Mark Lizotte, he's now in the studio working on the next
Diesel album, going to send me some studio images soon. he sounds like he is
enjoying it, don't think Neil (Finn) will be involved with this one.
Spend most of the day paying bills, I won't even ask how I managed to get 40
bills this week...forty like that is insane.
Surely that means a bill free few weeks will follow.
Spend the day cleaning the house.
Rosemaree drops in with the Nuns outfit, it's simple but great...I end up
adding the Hedwig sunglasses, great to hide behind....have the Nun walk down
The return of Popstars on our tv screens and really it was pretty pathetic.
I just don't like Jacqui O, for someone who says she doesn't court fame she
does a damn good job doing just that. Overall it sucked, couldn't see one
potential person who jumped out and said I've got the star factor. The show
will do well, not much else on at the moment and viewers love to see the
really bad singers. Watched some of the Irish Popstars show the other day
and it sucked big time, heaps of boys crying, a tarot card reader brought in
to read on the potential hopefuls...get real.
Mark finds a new friend at Beenami today, a long Blue Tongue Lizard. We find
a lot of corn crop growing in the middle of no where...very X-files. On one
of our walks we also find a track to this amazing creek. The banks covered
in ferns and magic toadstools. It looked like the Fairie kingdom, was very
hard to return to reality...as we walked through the rain forest a fine
misty rain fell...the best man.
The cd of the unreleased Split Enz tracks arrives from Nigel, he tells me
that the song SORRY ARSE is now called Big Foot. One of the 7 tracks is not
on this cd, it has some interesting moments but it wont ever see the light
No news on Bardot, everyone is just getting ready for the next release LOVE
WILL FIND A WAY, really good clip and it hit #1 on the Hot 30 tonight. The
fans are incredibly supportive.
Scan our life away, working on WINGS OFF FLIES, it's a huge project this
photo book, picking the correct snaps, very easy to drift back in time to
when the photos were taken. Like most stuff around books the release date
was put back, I'm just getting on with putting the thing together. The main
bulk will cover the main bands we have worked for, some good shots.
Deb V. turns up with a present out of the blue, incredibly sweet. She
designs and makes these incredible mirrors, exceptional, you see them and
just approach them and look at all the effort that's gone into them. Ben has
this incredible Egyptian one. What a talent. Always nice to see her, usually
ends up with both of us laughing till we have tears.
Have a ghostly hairball experience that upsets me far too much....
Happy Valentines Day.
It's a corny day, but still nice.
The door swings open and these boxes of chocolates just climb on into my
bed! Sugar daddy bring it home...
I have a sweet tooth....
Really nice, as time goes on I realize just how amazing my relationship is,
no one comes even close to us. More arrows please cupid!
To make it a nicer day, it looks like Labour is set to take power in South
Australia after the recent state election. For the first time in Australian
history every state and territory has a Labour government, the conservative
Liberals are out.
Howard cops the heat for lying about refugee's throwing kids overboard
during the election. His dirty little fear campaign coming home to roost.
He'll just pretend innocence and some scapegoat will take the fall.
Speak to the Yeti, he puts new strings on the shiny Nun glitter guitar
(thanks RB). It's even in tune...now if I could just play a note!
We give RB a SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL tshirt, I have one too, yes grown men
wearing Buffy merchandise. Sad bastards arn't we.
We are not heading to NZ till this evening, so I get heaps of work done
today. Laura arrives at 4.15 and we head off. She's one of our old mates,
worked at the Enz office for awhile too.
As we leave home a lightening storm hits Melbourne. To cut a long story
short, just before we board our plane is hit by lightening and various
instruments have to be replaced. So instead of departing at 7.00 we leave
well after midnight, every one off the plane.
Live in the brand new freaky flyer lounge and it's good, loads of fresh
fruit, chicken pieces and a huge tv. Laura and myself just laughed each time
the flight got put back, what could we do, get stressed, far better
Meant instead of getting into Auckland at 12.30 we arrived at the hotel at
6.30. The sun was just coming up....ok we'd stop laughing by now.
Happy 20th wedding anniversary Sharon and Neil.
Head to the pool today to try and feel human again....didn't quite work.
Reg Mombassa and wife Martina call in for some pre-party drinks in our room.
Reg is in a braided military outfit, Martina a flapper , red wig... soon
Peter O'Doherty and the lovely Susan arrive- Marilyn and Richard the
lionheart. By this stage I am in my Nuns outfit (much to the delight of the
room service girls), Laura as a glittery Columbia from the Rocky Horror
We head off to the Finns mansion....and Neil and Sharon are at the gate
greeting everyone...naked. Adam and Eve...amazing...and yes I am lying.
Sharon has on her wedding dress, and the Melbourne girlfriends are all
flower girls, Neil is the Guru with a lovely fake moustache. Made me laugh.
it was done so well, the mansion all lit up, greenery covered in millions of
pixie lights and the palmtrees ina glorious shades of red and purple
lighting. Two massive starfish shaped domes on the lawn, one for food and
drinks, one for the music. They look like some futuristic landing crafy,
huge paneled windows with oddly dressed life forms inside. Flowers are
climbing over everything, friendly wood nymps and flappers plying us with
drink and food....a giant video screen showing the wedding all those years
ago. 250 friends and family, so many major efforts with costumes- I hate
people who turn up to a fancy dress party in something pissy, at this one
the costumes were it...
Tim and Marie as John and Yoko (ok alight haired John!),Eddie Rayner as
classic Hippy look, Lucy Lawless wonderfully pregnant, Sam Neil super Enz
fan looking like the president, Laura tapping across the dance floor, Jenny
Morris in top hat and tails, Liam Finn in Neils original blue chequered
wedding suit-I'm sure he'll be next!!!, Elroy having me in hysteris as a
shorter Ali-G, Noel Crombie ...in a Crombie "creation", Alice from our
office in a stunning spannish outfit, Robert Gillies full drag, add to that
the invisible man, Romans, Deb V in this eye catching dress from the
playstation launch, Bill Cullen and Hugh Hefner and Edrei the mostly lovely
playboy bunny- half way through the night they reversed roles and Bill
became the bunny!!!!The Piha biyearly womans group as Sharons bridesmaids,
Dave Gent from the Exponenets as a hunky Gi Joe, Crowther as the flying Nun,
two people in matching recycled dresses made from cups, Richard Finn as
celebrity Dad, Geraldine the cutest punk boy I know, Helen Eccles what a
sexy school girl...Lucy as Barbara I dream of Jeanie, exhausting the list
goes on and on....you get the idea, some fine effort.
Highlights- just the general warmth of the night, good to catch up with
people, Tim's speech , Neil and Sharons wedding dance, the cakes!!!,
dancing to every song.
The bands were extra special, a reformed Split Enz, Nigel Griggs was
missing so Dave Gent filled in on bass. Started with Amy, 3 different
attempts....the Enz lineup varied- Neil, Tim, Eddie, Noel, Mike Chunn,
Crowther, Robert Gillies ....Robert so dragged up that Tim didn't know it
was him and tried removing him from the stage!!!
I Got You, I see red, a fantastic version of Bowies Gean Jeanie, Shark
Attack, I see red, The Beatles Saw her standing there, Dirty Creature and
The Finns -Weather with you, Message to my Girl, Beatles -Revolution, SOS
(yes Abba) and I Love you Dawn, which had everyone teary eyed.....
Not the girl you think you are (requested by Sam Neil) and Throw your arms
Jenny Morris up for Tears, Dave Dobbyn straight from the airport, and he
looked and sounded great.....
Many others......don't think any of the neighbours complained but hell,
you'd be stupid enough to complain about this free live show (:
My Nuns shoes just killing me I sat on the big stone steps and chilled out,
so glad we flew in, totally love these guys, and Dobbyn was right, it's such
a brutal industry and for Sharon and Neil to be together this long and so
strong, says a lot.
So at 4.30 as this Nun and tap dancing girl head off before the sun rises,
we raise a toast for another twenty years. Those who couldn't make it, you
missed a great party.
As a Nun so many people confessed that night, it was all rather odd......but
hey your secrets are safe with me.........
Can't remember sleeping, feeling worn out. We drive into Auckland city and
walk down Queen street, the first person we bump into is Noel Crombie, how
funny is that, Auckland really is a small town, you can never go anywhere
without seeing someone.
Head to Cina for some food, get some photos done.
Home to the Hotel and find a note from Reg, the Finns have invited us for
afternoon tea. So a handful of mates head up to the house, breadsticks and
cheese in hand. Just a relaxing after noon, laughing and it reminds me just
how special it all is. Lucky too, I know it changes and we lose a few
friends, but for the moment it's nice. Kind of private stuff so I'll keep
some of me for me.....
It's late again, we opt for room service, and an early night. Watch Waking
Ned Devine on cable and Laura and myself have some laughing attacks...we are
Alarm goes off at 3.45, Deb V calls us at 4.00 and we are heading out the
drive by 4.15 goodbye Auckland. Buy Marky some duty free and we invade the
freaky flyer lounge, Rayson Toast and juice...
Bury myself under blankets and pillows on the flight, in my own tent...kind
of half sleep. Customs are nice, Limo on time and we patiently drive through
Melbourne's peak hour work traffic. How do people do this shit daily, cars
everywhere, people blowing horns, horrid.
Eat, sleep, have Turkish for dinner....need a real nights sleep. Feel like
my body is still in NZ. My feet, the Nun shoes wern't bad, but 4 hours of
dancing, even Christ couldn't resurrect these feet!
So there you have it, a quick New Zealand trip....to Sharon and Neil, you
guys did well, huge effort and we love you both.
p.s.-falling asleep on the computer so I'm not going to check this....Zzzzzz
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