This week’s NME magazine features a massive, in-depth look at Creation Records, the most rock ‘n’ roll label ever, boasting interviews with all the key players from the legendary company. To whet your appetite, here’s some choice quotes from the people involved.
Alan McGee on starting the label: “It’s not because I’m a massive music fan. I just didn’t want a real job. I love my dad but equally I didn’t want to be my dad. He had to work in a garage as a panel beater with a hammer, knocking these panels. I didn’t
want that situation.”
Alan McGee on the label’s ethos: “It was me and Joe Foster’s idea to merge punk and psychedelia, because we loved the Television Personalities. The ideology of Dan Treacy, that’s where we got the Creation ethos from.”
Noel Gallagher: “The first day going into Creation, scrawled on the wall behind (managing director) Tim Abbott’s desk in big black felt pen was ‘Northern Ignorance’ and I thought, ‘That kind of describes me, fucking love this place already, I’ve not been here two minutes’.”
Bobby Gillespie: “The first time Alan McGee saw The Jesus And Mary Chain was the soundcheck at his club and he thought they were incredible. ‘It’s insane, it’s mind blowing, it’s not music but it’s, like , complete enthusiasm’ he said.”
Alan McGee on the rumours that he didn’t actually see and sign Oasis at an 18 Wheeler gig: “You’re believing rubbish! Of course I was there! Ask Noel Gallagher!”
Gruff Rhys, Super Furry Animals on the label’s demise: “Nostradamus did say that Creation would end in 1999…but he didn’t specify it would be a space rock label.”
Alan McGee (with Bif Bang Pow bandmates Dick Green and Andrew Innes): “I did have sex quite a lot in the Creation office – one time somebody came in and noticed a girlfriend’s knickers in the corner. That was embarrassing.”
Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine: “I was trying to bend a guitar string to get that double effect of Chuck Berry or Pixies. I couldn’t do it so I got the idea to tune two strings together and use a tremolo arm, and suddenly found there was this amazingly expressive thing. In the space of about four or five days we made our sound.”
McGee: “(Bobby) Gillespie is the true hero of Creation Records. If (co-founder) Dick Green was on one wing and I was on the other wing, Gillespie was centre forward. Gillespie was the magnet that made people sign to that label.”
Jim Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain: “To be honest with you, I regretted leaving Creation. At the time we were on Creation, Creation was nothing, Creation was a bunch of us stuffing paper covers into plastic bags in Alan’s spare bedroom in Tottenham. We had kind of big ideas. I wanted to be a pop star.”
Andy Bell, Ride: “We were a Creation band, because we had digested everything that had been before us, but we were a pop band.”
Irvine Welsh: “Alan used to have a Subbuteo table as his boardroom table – he used to do lines of coke off it”.
Martin Carr, The Boo Radleys: “We recorded ‘Everything’s Alright Forever’ for Rough Trade who either didn’t want it or couldn’t afford to put it out. Our manager at the time also managed Slowdive and he had a word with either Dick or Alan at Creation and they took us on.”
Director Danny O’Connor on the film about the label Upside Down: “It’s a celebration of Creation, not an appraisal or a review, a celebration of swagger and an attitude.” Grab this week’s magazine for the full story.