From an episode of The CavePresented by Woody Mcdonald


The Cave: Alan McGee In Conversation

Alan McGee has seemingly managed to cram multiple lives into his 59 years on this planet. The co-founder of the legendary Creation Records was a huge player throughout the ’80s and ’90s, responsible for signing up-and-coming bands like Oasis, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Felt and Slowdive.

After the passing of his long-time collaborator Andrew Weatherall last week, Alan has spent the last few days reflecting on the time they spent together in the ’90s. “I don’t actually have a bad word that I could say about Andy Weatherall […] He did some amazing work for me with Creation and Primal Scream, especially. He reinvented them.”

Having launched his new label, Creation 23, Alan’s obsession with music is not only changing form, it’s deepening. “I don’t take it particularly seriously,” Alan tells Woody on The Cave. “I still do music because I want to do it [...] You get older and some people become obsessed with football. Most of my pals are obsessed with football. I’m obsessed with putting records out.”

On top and outside of running a record label by himself, Alan’s 2013 autobiography, Creation Stories, is currently being adapted to film by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle, with Ewen Bremner (Spud) playing Alan. “I’ve seen a rough of it, it’s great, man [...] Ewen Bremner absolutely has me in the ’80s.”

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