Legendary music supremo tells all

Record boss Alan McGee, who visits The Glee Club

Legendary music supremo Alan McGee is heading to Birmingham’s Glee Club on Monday 4 November 2019.

The ‘An Evening With …’ show will see the Creation Records co-founder discuss his life and career, from growing up in Glasgow, to the rise and fall of Creation, and his discovery of Oasis (who he spotted bottom of the bill at an 18 Wheeler gig in Glasgow).

Creation Records was founded in 1983 and continued until 1999. It’s final release was Primal Scream’s XTRMNTR (released January 2000). Among the many artists the label signed where Oasis, Ride, Teenage Fanclub, Super Furry Animals, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and The Boo Radleys.

Since the demise of Creation, Alan McGee has gone on to set up further labels, including Poptones (who signed The Hives) and Creation23, a new 7-inch only label. He’s also penned his autobiography Creation Stories, which is being turned into a film by Danny Boyle and Irvine Welsh, and now manages artists such as Happy Mondays and Cast.

  • An Evening With Alan McGee is at The Glee Club, Birmingham, on Monday 4 November 2019. For tickets and more information, see: glee.co.uk

Five Great West Mids Acts Signed To Creation Records

Nikki Sudden
Nikki formed The Swell Maps in Solihull, but later signed to Creation as a solo artist. Nikki passed away in 2006.

After leaving Cherry Red Records, Birmingham’s Felt signed to Creation. Their 10 year life span concluded in 1989, though Lawrence continues to make great records as Go Kart Mozart.

The Lilac Time
The former Duran Duran adventurer spent a stint on Creation during their early ’90s acid/ indie era. Stephen Duffy continues to release material today as Lilac Time.

Hailing from Coventry, Sunshine Smile was an NME Single Of The Week. Hotly tipped, the band released two LPs on Creation before splitting.

Kevin Rowland
The Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ frontman donned a dress for the much maligned 1999 covers collection My Beauty, an album which Alan McGee rates! At the time it was viewed as career suicide, but has since gained a cult status. However, BrumNotes suggests those of a sensitive disposition may want to avoid the video for Concrete and Clay (below) as it may offend … seriously


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