Tour De Force
by Peter Holmes
21 August 1992 - Metro, Sydney Morning Herald
Stephen Cummings is in town this weekend to promote his new album, Unguided
Tour. The father of one, Curtis, is rumoured to be heading to Europe
A perfect night in Lovetown (Melbourne) begins with...
Usually a gin and tonic; however if my stars are looking not quite as propitious
as I would like, perhaps two or three. Then I might discuss the doings of the
day with my beloved and brilliant conversation will fly between us, such as
"Have you got the remote control?", "Curtis, get back in the bath" or perhaps
"Did you fart?" Then we'll go out to a fabulous, fantastic show and have a
wonderful, fabulous, fantastic time, return home, have a few last laughs and
sleep the sleep of the innocent.
Favourite nickname you've given someone?
I have recently tried referring to the person I co-habit with as "Babe" but it
seems to be meeting with some resistance.
Shortest relationship; who ended it?
In fourth year at secondary school, I finally summoned the courage to ask Jane
Moir to the annual social; the taxi meter ticked over as I met her parents,
little sisters etc inside. I crudely attached the corsage to her dress, we
arrived at the dance, made our entrance, I was in seventh heaven...she then
dumped me for the rest of the evening, went off and slow-danced with some other
guy. Ten years later I turned on the telly and caught the whole Moir family as
contestants on Family Feud. They lost!
If you had free tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar, would you go?
I was, in fact, offfered free tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar and I
knocked them back. Both my girlfriend and mother chastised me severely for
refusing the free tickets. They claimed I was a traitor to popular culture.
Best cafe in Melbourne?
It was The Benedict in Acland Street, St Kilda, until Donna and Dennis sold.
So I guess it's The Excellent Cafe in Acland Street for atmosphere and swiss
jam roll, or The Turtle cafe in Elwood for having the latest Tatler,
Mode, Who, Arena etc or The Continental in Greville St,
Prahran - damask tablecloths and off-duty members of Bachelors from Prague in
You find yourself next to Jeff Kennett on a long tram ride. What do you
say to him?
Impossible question, as the only reason Jeff Kennett would be on public
transport was if there were a photo opportunity and he had three or four
television networks along for the ride.
Europe beckons. Are you starting from scratch or strengthening an existing
I am strengthening a minuscule support base. I will be taking a little bit of
Melbourne with me wherever I go so that greater Europe can experience that sense
of disappointment that all long-time residents of Melbourne know so well.
Best song you've ever written?
When Love Comes Back to Haunt You, Blue Hour, Hell.
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