Alan McGee: 'The Libertines were completely out of control'

The Creation Records frontman says the band were the toughest act he ever worked with

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Alan McGee has said that The Libertines were the toughest band he ever worked with.

The Creation Records founder briefly managed The Libertines around the time of the release of their 2004 self-titled second album.

Speaking about his new autobiography Creation Stories to The Guardian, McGee said that out of all the bands he worked with – from The Jesus And Mary Chain to Oasis, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine, The Libertines were the toughest.

"I couldn't control it," he said of the band. "Everything else, I've been able to control the scenarios. The Libertines were completely out of control."

Speaking about an incident in Wales, where the band had fallen out and Carl Barât smashed his head against a sink, he said: "I was instated as the Libertines' manager and by the Monday or Tuesday we were in Wales, hence that whole bit of madness in the book. That was totally true, [Carl Barât's] eye was hanging out of his head. There was so much blood it was unbelievable. He managed to do £400-worth of damage to a big marble sink."

McGee recently said that he doesn't think Oasis will reform next year. Reports have consistently appeared in recent months claiming that the band would get back together to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album, 'Definitely Maybe'.

Alan McGee meanwhile launched his new label 359 Music earlier this year. The Creation Records and Poptones founder has joined forces with Cherry Red Records for the new venture, which was officially launched this May.

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