posted on December 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm
frost report

frost report

finally getting around to it

the video of jack frosts tiny USA tour in 1991

here we are playing and quipping

quipping and playing

lots of mucking about

strumming and picking guitars

we take on the press the record company the audience and each other

grant is by turns sardonic sarcastic sentimental

his smile is so heartbreakingly lovely

we were doing a promo tour of the USA

a few live gigs a few radio shows

some of the stuff has been lost down the tubes forever

this then is the creme of what remained

we only knew about 10 songs

you’ll hear a few of the same songs a few times in different circumstances

i left almost all the live footage intact.

the film over all is no where near as jumpy as “buzzes and fades”

the sound quality is ok

i have not tampered with anything

this is a live home bootleg

theres lots of talk about drugs and sniggering at ourselves

its kinda sad to see it 23 years on now but its instructional

i was on the verge of a huge heroin habit about to consume my life

at this stage i was dabbling but grant had been dabbling for ages

we keep mentioning drugs with a truly monotonous regularity

although little comes our way beyond the odd joint

we seem quite besotted by each other too and our perceived “clevernesses”

we are existing in our own little bubble

and when we get back to sydney eventually that bubble will burst

here i am looking so stylish and confident and cool

on the eve of my descent into heroin mess i was definitely stylish

grant was so fucking funny

and so condescending to some of the “idiots” we encounter

grant and i thought we were the bees knees in being the hippest guys alive

and we had teamed up

i was about to have twins E and M

and grant had split up with his girlfriend whom he adored

we turned up in LA and we watched the then brand new Doors movie with val kilmer

afterwards grant just wanted to do something so bad…!

people underestimate the rock n roll side of grant

it co existed there with all the thomas hardy stuff believe me

its sad and strange watching this

he was the best friend i ever had until drugs tore us apart

grant never descended into full on addiction and he went back to brisbane

and he stopped or de escalated to the occasional dabble again

but he and i fell out permanently when i didnt stay at his place in brisbane one time

instead i had elected to stay at a drug dealing friends place

i had made my choice

and grant and i only saw each other one more time before his death

i wish i had spent more time with him when he was still here

blah blah blah

luckily this film remains to remember those days

anyway its done now except for some boring tweaks here and there

a postcard from bygone times

available soon i expect

31 Responses to “frost in summer”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 26 December 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    I remember being young and the pleasure of discovering the Go Betweens after I discovered the Church and the further pleasure of discovering Jack Frost had evolved after the first (?) Church split… more poignancy to come I guess. Such is life.

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    I Like The Drone In Apology Accepted | 26 December 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Yes, ‘that’ side of Grant really was overlooked -probably cos Robert had more dresses than the queen

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    Anonymous | 26 December 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Too many questions not enough answers.
    Not long left family shin dig, last song b4 I got up 2 leave wss UTMWT.

  4. avatar
    davem | 26 December 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Merry Chrimble Steve and fiends.
    Thanks for another great year of words and music.
    Hi to Andy and Kraig too – I do read TTB every day but have an ancient old pc at home, so I tend to read mostly when I’m at work and that means I can’t log-on and comment. Ditto for Hotel Womb.
    Love to all

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 27 December 2013 at 7:41 am #

      we love ya davem!

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      andy | 27 December 2013 at 10:33 am #

      dave mullard!
      you had me worried……
      so glad yer ok.
      love to all at TTB!
      jack frost doco is long overdue steve….sounds facinating.

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 31 December 2013 at 8:59 am #

      Hear Hear & Cheers! Glad you are good my friend! A Happy New Year to you and Everyone here!

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    Chris | 26 December 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    An indispensable piece of OZ Rock history….must have!

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    Anonymous | 27 December 2013 at 2:49 am #

    That wall really needed painting…

    Seems he was gold in the turning light back there somewhere in the ether.
    looking back to remember it still goes forward

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 December 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Or because Grant looked like Alf off Home

  8. avatar
    Chris | 27 December 2013 at 10:00 am #

    ‘The Frost performs its secret ministry,
    Unhelped by any wind.’


  9. avatar
    hellbound heart | 27 December 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    jack frost…..awesome and bittersweet and beautiful…..

  10. avatar
    Lady Di | 28 December 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Got a little lump in my throat.
    Really looking forward to this. Thank goodness you were a filmmaker in those days
    (and still are).

  11. avatar
    Jonathan Andrews | 29 December 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Great!! Looking forward to this.

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    Anonymous | 29 December 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Pretty sure that was Grant at ‘The Move’ one night I was there. Small lillte nite spot down near cnr of Nth Quay & Turbot St b4 it became The Big Kahuna. Wonder if this where the lyrics from his song came ‘I missed my plane’ . My sister tried to get me 2 c Jack Frost when they (u & he) played in town. Now realise I miseed an opportunity to c 2 perfected voices un action. May hav been playing at st pauls tavern from memory. Now the Halo restaurant. Who was to know what was around the corner. (Of every possible event)

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      Anonymous | 30 December 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Another missed opportunity. Just read band TTWT played at Eumundi last nite. Could hav stopped in after my walk on sunny coast beach finished at 7pm to listen to another wonderful singer.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 December 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I told him to go catch his plane.

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    Kohl Ette | 29 December 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Hallo to you too. If it’s not that then it’s hello. Which would one prefer? Gosh how tempting! I guess there’s always hullo as in hulloballoo? Hi? I watched a movie once that put a bit of a slant on ‘hey’ but that’s prob passe.

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    Anonymous | 30 December 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Is that a hornpipe?

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      thetimebeing | 31 December 2013 at 11:22 am #

      ha ha. who is this?

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        Anonymous | 31 December 2013 at 12:38 pm #

        Grant’s hornpipe line was on a b side. What’s the story?

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          thetimebeing | 31 December 2013 at 9:08 pm #

          i know. it was a joke between us

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            Anonymous | 1 January 2014 at 1:31 am #

            Phew. Thought i was about to get chewed out, there!

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            thetimebeing | 1 January 2014 at 12:06 pm #

            not at all. but no one ever mentioned the hornpipe since me and grant. i was surprised thats all

  16. Kraig
    Kraig | 31 December 2013 at 8:56 am #

    This is such a cool story Steve! So sad how we make mistakes and in hindsight wished it were done differently in some small way…anyone who says they don’t regret anything is full of crap! Anyway still waiting for me the two new CDs (KK Songs from the Real World and SK Fly By Night Live) that i ordered a month ago, can’t wait to hear them, ants in my pants are itching bad! Cheers Dude

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    Crasher | 31 December 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Looking forward to this little Jack Frost travelogue.
    I say little, compared to to that looong one of the church touring in ’90.
    I did enjoy it. Didn’t watch in one sitting though.
    I loved the future,past,perfect dvd…did that in one sitting.
    I’m a fan of Grant’s solo stuff.
    Along with the 2 Jack’s, I also possess the excellent Horsebreaker Star,
    the wonderful Watershed and Fireboy.
    Can’t find In Your Bright Ray anywhere though.
    Been in Dunedin for a couple of weeks.
    Had my first birthday ( yep 59 too Steve !) there since Dec 18 1973.
    I left for Sydney on Dec 10th 1974, a week before my 20th.
    The folks were a little upset about that.But if i stayed, then it would
    have been ” you might as well stay for christmas now.”
    Lived in Bondi of course…on Campbell Parade, only for 2 months, before breaking away from the kiwi dole bludgers i was staying with, and moving
    to randwick.
    happy new year to all those entities on and of the timebeing.
    You lovely people you.

  18. avatar
    blessed one | 31 December 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    love those 2 records, can’t wait!

  19. avatar
    Cocoamo | 1 January 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Hi to all:

    Very cool photo; thanks for the corresponding trivia, albeit bittersweet.

    Feeling closer to my fellow Church fiends than real family this year, as sad as that sounds. My best wishes that you all will have good health and happiness in the new year.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

  20. avatar
    caitbrid | 1 January 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Don’t regret not spending more time with him–you had this wonderful time with him. Be glad for it and we can be glad you are sharing it with us. Happy new Year to you and yours and everyone here on TTB.

    Kathleen in Philly

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 January 2014 at 11:37 am #

    The beauty is Steven : There is always a truth revealed in a story. A Truth waiting to be acknowledged.

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