Creation Records founder and Oasis svengali Alan McGee has revealed he’s dedicated a new documentary about his legendary label to Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie.
Talking to Spinner, McGee explains, “I wrote him a personal letter, saying I’d dedicated the film to him as without him, I would never have had Primal Scream, never known about the Jesus and Mary Chain, never heard of Teenage Fanclub. Without Bobby, I’d have never had Creation.”
He continues, “I’ve just kind of drifted away from musicians and stuff, I’ve really not got that much interest in it anymore. I hadn’t talked to him for about five years, so I sent him an email and said, ‘I know you don’t like nostalgia … but they’re doing this movie, I think it’s going to be good, I’ve actually dedicated it to you, will you be in it?'”
McGee decided to be interviewed for the film as he was impressed by director Danny O’Connor’s 2005 documentary about Creation for BBC Radio 2.
He says, “I found this film quite difficult in a funny bizarre way. I hate nostalgia and nobody had every really got us before. I didn’t even want to do it, as I was fed up of getting misrepresented, people never got me. Now as I’ve grown up a bit, [McGee turned 50 last week] it’s not so bad.”
And of the film now? “It’s amazing. Danny got it bang to rights.”
McGee’s label started in the 1980s and released debut material from the likes of the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine, with the motto ‘Doing It For the Kids.’
By the 1990s, the label had grown in size to rival those in the mainstream with Oasis’ first massive releases ‘Definitely Maybe’ and ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’
The label also became legendary for it’s hard partying and near bankruptcy, all with a backdrop of Britpop in the ascendancy — and it’s all covered in every lurid detail in ‘Upside Down.’
McGee, who now lives a rural idyll in Wales with his wife and two children, says that despite reliving the ‘good old days’ of Creation in the documentary, he would never return to the music industry.
He says derisively, “I’ve fallen out of love with the music business, I couldn’t give a f— about it.
“I’d only be into music if it was more rock’n’roll than Creation and I don’t actually know what could be more rock’n’roll than Creation, because it was a time and a moment.”
McGee laughs, concluding: “Be careful what you wish for. I wanted the biggest band in the world and I got it (Oasis). And then after that, it’s a bit like having too much chocolate.”
McGee has also revealed he’s heard Noel Gallagher’s new solo material – and says they proved he’s the heir apparent to Sir Paul McCartney.
Talking to The Sun, he said, “They’re f—king genius. For me, the guy’s a McCartney, a Lennon, a Neil Young — he’s one of the greats.”
“When McCartney goes, it’s Noel’s crown really, isn’t it?”
He added: “There’s three songs on the demos – I won’t go naming them cos I’m not his manager – but they’re up there with ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and ‘Live Forever’. He’s f—ing done it again.”
Gallager’s material is due out sometime in 2011.
Meanwhile, ‘Upside Down: the Creation Records Story’ debuts at the British Film Institute London Film Festival at the Leicester Square Vue on 23 October.