The Creation Records boss also opens up about why he stopped working with Oasis
McGee, who features in the film to mainly discuss first signing Oasis to Creation Records in 1993 upon a chance encounter at a gig in Glasgow, said that while he enjoyed the documentary, he doesn’t think anything can really reflect the madness of the band at their peak.
“I really like the film. I talked to Noel about it last week,” McGee told NME. “He said ‘what do you think of it?’ I told him ‘I think it looks amazing if you weren’t there’ and he went ‘that’s what I think too’, but the fucking ’90s were mental’. They were fucking were. They did a good a job as anyone can do, but I don’t know if anyone can really capture the insanity of that time.”
After Oasis achieved phenomenal global success, Creation Records closed in 1999 – with McGee still feeling the pressure of fame.
“By January 2000 I was out of it, but I’d got fed up of taking my daughter out in a pram and a fucking photographer jumping out of a hedge and taking a picture of me in a pair of trainers and a shirt I’d had on for three days and then putting on The Sun’s bizarre pages with ‘Alan McGee needs a new shirt’,” he continued. “I got out then ended up managing [a]The Libertines[/a[, for my sins.”
Meanwhile, McGee will be taking part in War Child’s upcoming special film screenings and Q&As as part of their upcoming Rockumentary series, with LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Inspiral Carpets and many more.
McGee will be in conversation with director Danny O’Connor at the screening of Upside Down: The Creation Records Story at Everyman Screen On The Green on 1 November. For tickets and more information, visit here.