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Alan McGee

Alan McGee retires

Man responsible for Creation Records and Oasis' career quits music
29 October 2008 - The man responsible for Creation Records, the careers of Oasis, Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream has bowed out of the music industry.

Alan McGee has been involved with managing bands for a total of 25 years, but is now heading into retirement.

McGee says he quit his record company two years ago because he thinks it is pointless, "like dinosaurs or trams."

But he says he'll remain interested in new music and will continue to put on events in clubs.

In his early days the Creation mastermind signed the Manchester giants Oasis after seeing one of their gigs in Glasgow.

In the past decade, artists under McGee's management include The Charlatans, The Libertines, The Kills, Mogwai and Dirty Pretty Things.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music, McGee explained how the 'retirement' rumours started: "It was on my Facebook. My status said: 'Glad I'm not a manager any more, I really recommend it.' But all I've really done is retired from managing bands after 25 years."
"We don't really have a place in the music industry anymore because we actually like music."
Alan McGee


He went on to admit it won't be the end of his involvement with new music altogether: "I stopped doing the record company about a year or two ago because I think they're pointless things, like dinosaurs or trams or something.

"But I'm still completely into new music and I'm still doing things with new bands, as in my clubs and stuff like that. I'm still going to be kicking about.

"I think I'm a man of the times, kind of like Tony Wilson really. We don't really have a place in the music industry anymore because we actually like music.

"I think the pre-requisite for being in the music industry is not liking music and playing the corporate game, agreeing with your boss."

Little nostalgia

As for his impressive CV, McGee said he is not emotional about his past achievements.

"I'm not a very nostalgic person," he said, "and I appreciate Creation and some of the other things that I've done, bands that I've managed and that. I appreciate it all for what it was at the time."

"It's only really Oasis, and the Creation thing, that I can still listen to and really enjoy, but that's not to say that I don't know that Loveless and Screamadelica weren't great records, at the time. I'm just not really into it anymore, personally."

The manager admitted he feels its time for him to move on, saying: "You get older and you want life a little bit easier and to be honest, the fact that you can sing Oasis songs and you know the tunes.
 
"Maybe that's boring to some people, but that's why I like music, that I can sing the songs."

'It was fluke'

When asked if he knew that the bands he signed were always going to make it big, McGee responded: "It was a fluke.

"Maybe I found 10 or 12 bands that went on to be commercially successful, and then I managed some bands that were commercially successful as well, but you never really know."

As for Oasis, who have recently proved their continuing success with the announcement of an open-air stadium tour for 2009, McGee says he couldn't have written that script.

"It was obvious Oasis were going to become successful," he explained. "That they were going to sell 54 million albums and go out and do a 168 date tour around the world this year.

"No, I couldn't have predicted that. I couldn't have predicted that in 2008 they were still going to be absolutely relevant and still mean a lot to a lot of people. They kind of defy gravity."

Georgie Rogers

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