Alan McGee

Label Owner — Glasgow

Name, where are you from?
Born in Govanhill, Glasgow. Moved to mount Florida till I was thrown out by my parents at 16. I stayed with Bobby Gillespie's family and then came to London at 19.

Describe your style in three words?
Casual as f*ck.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The Clash Sept 1977 - the dawning of punk rock in Glasgow.

If you could bill any two bands in history as a co-headline show?
The Sex Pistols and The Clash.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk in the late '70s and acid house in the late '80s.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Bill Shankly. More than a football manager.

What is your favourite venue?
I like Barrowlands in Glasgow, it's a one-off venue.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Daniel Treacy of the TV personalities who has been ill in recent times but has written so many of my favourite songs.


Alan McGee was a co-founder of Creation Records and a figurehead throughout the British indie, acid house and Britpop movements. McGee has either managed or championed new music throughout his career from The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream to Oasis and The Libertines.

McGee has expressed a desire to start putting out music again so has set up his new label, specialising in 7" singles, called Creation23. Read more about that here.

The first track you played on repeat?
'Get It On' by T.Rex.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Starman' by David Bowie.

One record you would keep forever?
'Ballroom Blitz' by The Sweet.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Into The Future' by The Vibrators.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Kinky Afro' by Happy Mondays.

A song you wished you had written?
'Heroes' by David Bowie.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Nothing Rhymed' by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'We Are All Prostitutes' by The Pop Group.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?

Shame - who are f*cking amazing
Rubber Jaw - who I just signed who make beautiful weird rock music.
King Gizzard - who I just heard a few weeks ago and I love.

Name, where are you from?
Born in Govanhill, Glasgow. Moved to mount Florida till I was thrown out by my parents at 16. I stayed with Bobby Gillespie's family and then came to London at 19.

Describe your style in three words?
Casual as f*ck.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The Clash Sept 1977 - the dawning of punk rock in Glasgow.

If you could bill any two bands in history as a co-headline show?
The Sex Pistols and The Clash.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk in the late '70s and acid house in the late '80s.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Bill Shankly. More than a football manager.

What is your favourite venue?
I like Barrowlands in Glasgow, it's a one-off venue.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Daniel Treacy of the TV personalities who has been ill in recent times but has written so many of my favourite songs.


Alan McGee was a co-founder of Creation Records and a figurehead throughout the British indie, acid house and Britpop movements. McGee has either managed or championed new music throughout his career from The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream to Oasis and The Libertines.

McGee has expressed a desire to start putting out music again so has set up his new label, specialising in 7" singles, called Creation23. Read more about that here.

The first track you played on repeat?
'Get It On' by T.Rex.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Starman' by David Bowie.

One record you would keep forever?
'Ballroom Blitz' by The Sweet.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Into The Future' by The Vibrators.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Kinky Afro' by Happy Mondays.

A song you wished you had written?
'Heroes' by David Bowie.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Nothing Rhymed' by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'We Are All Prostitutes' by The Pop Group.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?

Shame - who are f*cking amazing
Rubber Jaw - who I just signed who make beautiful weird rock music.
King Gizzard - who I just heard a few weeks ago and I love.

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