What really prompted the Scots svengali to call it a day...
ALAN MCGEE has revealed that the moment he decided to wind up CREATION RECORDS was at a playback session for OASIS’ ‘GO LET IT OUT’ single.
In a new book ‘Alan McGee And the Story Of Creation Records: The Ecstasy Romance That Couldn’t Last’, McGee tells author Paulo Hewitt that he realised then that “my second most favourite group in the world” no longer needed his input – creative or otherwise.
After being invited to the playback along with a group of music industry figures and a Belgian licensee, McGee said he felt like he was no longer a part of the group.
He says: “The point that was being made was this: McGee, you’re on the same level as the Belgian licensee… they’d designated that I was as important as the fucking Belgian licensee. So the bottom line was, I thought ‘Fuck this for a game of soldiers’.”
In the book, released in October through Mainstream Publishing, McGee also reveals that he and best friend Bobby Gillespie had suffered a huge fallout for the whole of the ’90s, only recently becoming reunited.
McGee reveals: “Throughout the whole of the ’90s, up until about a year or a year-and-a-half ago, me and Gillespie hadn’t got on since ‘Screamadelica’. The relationship dilapidated when he was a rock star. He was really selfish, incredibly self-obsessed. I became a drug addict. And we grew apart.”
Written with full co-operation with McGee and his Creation Records partner Joe Foster, the book tells the label’s history, including the tales behind My Bloody Valentine’s demise and the genesis of Oasis.
Since winding up Creation, McGee has launched the Poptones label.