Alan McGee black and white portrait

Alan Mcgee returns...
Alan Mcgee returns…
It’s official.

Creation Records is to return. Whether it’s as Creation Records or another name is yet to be decided, but the label set up is all there and more importantly the will power to do something.

Alan McGee has been in touch with Louder Than War with the following statement…

‘Since spending the summer helping curate Tokyo Rocks for next year it’s made me realise I do still love it! It was when I was flying back from Japan with the Primals that started me loving it again. I have to finish the edit to my film Kubricks and deliver the book I have signed up for but to be honest I am now seriously thinking about restarting Creation, or maybe call it something else if I can find the right people at a label to work with. Music needs a kick in the balls, and I have got the music buzz back again after working on Tokyo Rocks..’

This is great news.

The music biz has become a dour place in the past couple of years. There have been great bands but no mavericks, no one offs. The only person you can name who works in the music business is Simon Cowell and that tells a sad truth all of its own.

It will be interesting to see where Alan goes with this but one thing is guaranteed. it’s going to be a great trip.

Whether it’s called Creation Records or not (and we think it should be called Creation) it’s going to at least focus mainstream interest onto a great underground of bands who have the potential to crossover but not much help at the moment.

Read our big piece on the Creation film


  1. I want him to succeed, and the sooner he can the better. If he needs my help can you let me know please? He won’t I know, but I need something to cling to.

  2. Maybe he should call it Poptones, like the last time he tried to recreate Creation…. httpss:// – no idea why it would be any more successful than that incarnation. Factory too anybody?

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  4. It’s nice that he appears to have regained his passion for music but let’s hope anything he does stays truer to the original Creation aesthetic – the (seemingly oxymoronic) blending of punk’s DIY inconoclasm with the artistic and experimental approach of classic psychedelia (not that we’re looking for some sort of neo-psych shoegaze revival that is, Mr McGee).
    And we certainly don’t want another Oasis, given the arguable damage they caused to the purer nature of ‘indie’ music, ie. lads with guitars, haircuts and (to paraphrase one Creation classic) magpie eyes hungry for the Arenas & album chart prize.
    Let’s have some music more influenced by LSD than £sd!

  5. Great news?
    A real indie or a mandie?
    More Momus or more Bodines/Everett True 7″‘s…

    A renaissance of brilliant A&R/marketing men running labels & getting burnt out & being “crazy” (Drummond, Wilson, Watts-Russell, McGee, Travis, the lads at Blast First & Warp) how’s THAT going to work when they’ve nowt to kick against? These people had an industry to use as a back up/flirt with/fight (Blanco Y Negro, Elevation, Hut, Korova, don’t tell me they were Indie & Creation/Sony deal made Oasis)

    I like Creation though: they made 4 of the best LP’s of the last 30 years in Screamadelica, Isnt Anything / Loveless, that last Momus LP & those first 2 Ride EPs & Upside Down & DIFFERENT FOR DOMEHEADS.

    This was a label of love. Hope so, but I’m not buying the nostalgia.

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  8. Of course, McGee *did* start another record label, post-Creation. It was called Poptones. Had a few successes, too.

    In the book ‘My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize’ ( httpss:// ) David Cavanagh wraps up the story by pointing out that Poptones was, essentially, a return to Creation’s indie roots, without the involvement of the big, bad corporate end of the music biz.

    So why does McGee need to start up yet another label now?

    Why not just carry on with Poptones?

    Why speculate on bringing back the C-word? What’s in a name?

    My guess is that McGee wants publicity. He’s canny enough to know that Creation is the famous brand name that will be forever associated with him.

    Therefore, from the media’s point of view bringing back Creation is a *story*, in a way that bringing back Poptones (or another label with a new name) would not be a story.

    McGee knows that all he’s got to do is mention the C-word and the media will come running.

    It certainly worked as far as Louder Than War is concerned, didn’t it!

    But now you’ve got him talking, John, don’t just act as McGee’s unofficial PR outlet. Do your journalistic thing and ask him all the awkward questions!

  9. Possible return of Creation Records – Shares in Jack D rocket! The Colombian Drug cartel increase flights into London. I know before some clever dick says McGee is on the wagon he will still have to have an A&R meetings every Friday through till the following Tuesday!

  10. Here’s a quote about John D. Macdonald that I often see bouncing around the web (I hesitate to quote from Wikipeida, which we all know is generally stuff we can wipe our asses with, but this seems legit). “Macdonald is by any standards a better writer than Saul Bellow, only Macdonald writes thrillers and Bellow is a human heart chap, so guess who wears the top grade laurels?” That’s from Kingsley Amis.


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