In the new episode of the Rock’s Backpages podcast, Barney & Jasper welcome the legendary Alan McGee into RBP’s virtual cupboard. The Creation Records founder talks us through his storied career, from his school days in Glasgow to the Creation 23 label of the 21st century.
Reminiscing about the early ’80s Living Room gigs he put on in London, Alan describes the signings of Oasis, the Jesus and Mary Chain another great Creation acts. He also explains how Primal Scream got from Sonic Flower Groove to Screamadelica; how he almost signed Teenage Fanclub’s idol Alex Chilton; how My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless did (or didn’t) almost bankrupted his & Dick Green’s baby; and how appalled Sony were by Kevin Rowland’s My Beauty album after the company acquired 49% of Creation’s shares in 1992.
Slightly cheekily, RBP’s co-hosts then force Alan to listen to clips from a 2007 audio interview with Alex James of Oasis’s Britpop nemesis Blur — except it turns out he never really hated those soft southern Sassenachs in the first place: it was all the Gallaghers’ fault. Quel surprise…
After paying their respects to fallen pop heroes Wayne Fontana, Trini Lopez and Seeds guitarist Jan Savage, Barney & Jasper talk through their highlights of the week’s new “library load “. These include Lillian Roxon’s 1966 report on “Music City USA” (i.e. Nashville); Michael Goldberg’s 1983 report on MTV’s exclusion of Black music videos; Joni Mitchell bellyaching in 1981 about being “written out of rock history”; a breathless 2002 review of Scandi garage rockers the Hives live at London’s Astoria, and a riveting Aphex Twin interview from 2003…
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Hi from a big fan! I read HOTEL CALIFORNIA years ago and recently read ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE and SMALL TOWN TALK in rapid succession. A couple of thoughts: even though MUSIC FROM BIG PINK influenced many musicians (including Elton John/TUMBLEWEEK CONNECTION) to change direction, I think for most of us fans, we just added it to the mix with the Dead, Doors, Stones… I personally did not experience the Band as “conservative”. In fact, I immediately interpreted “Tears of Rage” as an anti-war song. We (the people) carried you (the flag, America) in our arms. How could you treat us so? Finally, an omission: you mention Danko touring with Andersen and Fjeld. But they put out two albums! Here, a great song:
Thanks for your great writing!
All best wishes, Stephen Owen
Thanks, Stephen. I actually Rick performing with Eric and Jonas when I lived in Woodstock. I only really recall the beautiful “Blue River” from that summer night. Best, BH