Alan McGee thought Liam Gallagher was a drug dealer when he discovered Oasis

Plus former label boss says he thought Bonehead was the frontman

Alan McGee has talked again about when he first saw Liam Gallagher – and assumed he was a drug dealer, not the singer in Oasis.

Interviewed in The Sun today (May 3) ahead of the release of Upside Down, a new documentary about Creation Records, on DVD on next Monday (May 9), McGee said he actually thought the band’s former guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs was their singer.

Speaking about when he first saw Oasis in Glasgow in May 1993, McGee said: “I was up in Glasgow seeing my dad and I wasn’t sure I’d even go to the gig. I got there early by mistake. Oasis were on first, before most people arrived.”


“There was this amazing young version of Paul Weller sat there in a light blue Adidas tracksuit. I assumed he was the drug dealer and that Bonehead, the guitarist, was the singer.”

He continued: “It was only when they went on stage I realised it was Liam Gallagher. I knew I had to sign them. Noel and I talked after the show and just said ‘done’ and he turned out to be a man of his word.”

McGee also said that he believes he could never have signed Oasis like that now, adding: “I was lucky to be there. We didn’t send out scouts. Most of my signings were because I happened to see new bands. That couldn’t happen any more. If a new band as much as farts it’s all over the internet.”


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