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Alan McGee: "I Don't Like Music Anymore...It Bores The Shit Out Of Me"
Known for masterminding independent labels Creation Records and Poptones, Alan McGee’s name has perhaps secured greater household prominence above the controversy of his various credentials.
The households of which we speak are far removed from the nuclear or even reconstituted archetypes – but rather that of the bohemians, the alternatives, the students and the unemployed. And the controversy he has been attached to is that raised by rowdy seniors Oasis, and their beneficiaries the Libertines. So what has this pioneer got to say about the state of our music industry, current and past? We tried to find out for you:
L4e: How important was your long-term friendship with Bobby Gillespie in making Creation a success in the early years?
Alan: Gillespie was key to Creation. Without him I wouldn’t have had Primal Scream, who really are the flagship Creation band, and he told me about JAMC and the Fanclub. I found Oasis, MBV and Ride.
You’ve said in the past that by 1993 Creation probably needed Oasis as much as Oasis needed Creation. But did you think that night in Glasgow you’d found the band which would effectively solve all the label’s problems?
Alan: No, I just thought they were a great band. I signed them really at the end of the day on ‘…Walrus’ as it was a great version, but who was to ever think they would become that massive?