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F**king Pop Classics: Alan McGee's Favourite Albums
Alex Niven , July 7th, 2014 10:06

The former Creation Records, now 359 Music man charts his musical history from child of glam to record label boss with Alex Niven

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Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
This guy called Dave Bates, the manager of House Of Love, told me about this band called Talk Talk about '87/'88, and he told me to get into this record and I thought it was fucking phenomenal. They'd made a few records in the early eighties and they were kind of like New Romantics, and I had them down as a pop group, I never had them down as a serious band. But then I heard Spirit Of Eden and it blew me away. It shows you the difference in music now, that they existed on a major record label for years making interesting records and didn't get dropped. That just doesn't happen any more. Now that system just doesn't exist - a label supporting an artist just because they're good!


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CK
Jul 7, 2014 3:32pm

The kind of imaginative choices you expect from McGee.

Oddly missing arch-innovators, The Libertines.

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david leith
Jul 7, 2014 4:55pm

jesus....mr obvious. what an uninspiring human being he is.

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Jul 7, 2014 5:16pm

How did Creation end up with such a white, male roster?

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Sean
Jul 7, 2014 6:14pm

about as inspiring, well-thought out and interesting as one of those tiny books you find at a WH Smith counter.

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William Alves
Jul 7, 2014 8:19pm

The comments are always hilarious. Everyone who didn't put experimental stuff like FENNESZ or GLENN BRANCA is silly.

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Jul 7, 2014 9:49pm

These records are classics.so for that reason they will be chosen on these lists.i do wish people wouldnt be snobs
About peoples favorite records.why does everything have to be obscure?

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MM
Jul 7, 2014 9:52pm

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Because it's more interesting than hearing the same praise for the same records by the same artists all the time.

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herr james
Jul 7, 2014 9:58pm

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what- no slowdive? really?

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Jul 7, 2014 10:08pm

In reply to MM:

I hear what you are saying.i wouldnt criticise his choices....i would have put money on him picking an oasis record though

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Bill
Jul 7, 2014 11:22pm

No Television Personalities - I guess that would have been too obvious but I'm glad Adrian Borland's old band was included.

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Tim Clarke
Jul 7, 2014 11:28pm

Well, that was fucking boring.

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Amy Fear
Jul 7, 2014 11:36pm

I've seen worse selections, it's the commentary that is so laughable. Best thing he can think of to say about Mr Borland is that he struggled with his weight over the years. Cheers for that.

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Les
Jul 8, 2014 12:17am

In reply to Amy Fear:

That annoyed me too! Its a shame that after someone (rightfully) acknowledges Adrian Borland on one of these lists the pleb making the list can only comment on his apparent weight issues.

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Jul 8, 2014 4:08am

There is nothing wrong with liking classic albums, but the very act of publishing these already acknowledged albums with his 'it's all about the fuckin' tunes' bluster, is a waste of everyones time and far suited to filling up the jaded churnalism of NME.com

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RobW
Jul 8, 2014 9:10am

As an admirer of The Sound, I was intrigued by the inclusion of The Outsiders, whom i've not heard. Shame McGee couldn't be arsed to say something about that album and band, and just commented on Borland's weight. Prick.

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Bah Humbug
Jul 8, 2014 9:20am

A dull a selection (Ramones aside) as the Creation roster.

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djp
Jul 8, 2014 12:35pm

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Dull, uninspired, white... What a typically dull set of albums from a man responsible for setting back British music by 30 years.

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Jeffrey
Jul 8, 2014 12:57pm

No TV personalities ?

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Jul 8, 2014 2:55pm

In reply to david leith:

So he created a record label that probably gave a chance to dozens of great bands,he's a millionaire yet is not jaded in the least and is still excited like a kid about music.Mate,that is not an uninspiring human being.Thats a guy who had pretty much nothing and when he goes will have left a lot to be proud of.Shame we cant say the same about your good self.

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Jul 8, 2014 2:56pm

In reply to david leith:

So he created a record label that probably gave a chance to dozens of great bands,he's a millionaire yet is not jaded in the least and is still excited like a kid about music.Mate,that is not an uninspiring human being.Thats a guy who had pretty much nothing and when he goes will have left a lot to be proud of.Shame we cant say the same about your good self.

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C
Jul 8, 2014 3:26pm

"Alex Turner is the best writer since Noel [Gallagher]"

Good grief.

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C
Jul 8, 2014 3:28pm

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Hi Alan. Your list was dire.

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Jul 8, 2014 4:11pm

Why do people moan about others choices? These are his personal favourites.stuff he grew up with.its uncool to moan about a guys fave records.its a free country.you dont have to be obscure to be cool.its an honest list

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exterminatethehumanrace
Jul 8, 2014 5:15pm

I won't throw a fit that McGee doesn't include an ultramega-rare Throbbing Gristle/Andy Gibb split 7" as his personal fave or what fucking ever, but I would like to say that the fucking Stone Roses debut is maybe the most overrated release in pop music history. Lazer Guided Melodies, Pills Thrills N Bellyaches, Suede's debut, and a million other records are easily better. Fuck that simpering hippy shit(e).

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JC
Jul 8, 2014 6:19pm

In reply to RobW:

You can hear some of the Outsiders stuff on youtube, e.g.
Observations (1978). At that time, you had to go to The
Record Exchange in Camden to find these records. Rougher
sound than The Sound but as inspired.

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Jul 8, 2014 6:30pm

In reply to exterminatethehumanrace:

I always prefered the mondays to the roses to be honest

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Jul 8, 2014 6:40pm

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Stone roses were good but yeah the mondays I liked a little more....yes please was underrated

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1312
Jul 9, 2014 7:36am

Fuck me these records are all on the counter at HMV £2 with any purchase they are all such 'classics'. No wonder all his acts were total shite.

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Loztralia
Jul 9, 2014 10:26pm

Most of these comments are hilarious. I imagine all *your* record labels have a fucking unimpeachable track record of impeccable artistic innovation, hey? Wankers.

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FuckBritishHipsters
Jul 10, 2014 2:45am

One look at this cock face and I knew he'd have a couple of Bowie records on his list. Must be some rule to be cool in England.

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Jul 10, 2014 7:04am

Whats with the bowie hatred?get a life

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amida
Jul 10, 2014 9:54am

Quietus readers, I am disappoint.

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Jul 10, 2014 1:39pm

Great to see the OUTSIDERS 1st lp here!,their 2nd 'close up' from '78 is equally great..

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Jul 20, 2014 1:42pm

In reply to 1312:

Jesus and Mary Chain?Shite?No.Primal Scream?Shite?No.Oasis?Shite?No.The Libertiines?Shite?No.And so on (I know I've missed out a load others) possibly one of the best rosters of bands in the last 20 years and definitely not on the 2 quid shelf in my HMV you pillock

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Jul 24, 2014 5:41pm

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Super furry animals werent shite either

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shynder23
Aug 18, 2014 7:29am

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You are wrong

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Beatnik Fuzzbomb
Sep 24, 2014 12:53am

In reply to djp:

Typical hipster 'cooler than thou' bollocks.

Why is it apparently both unacceptable & surprising that a Scottish White Male growing up in the 70s was inspired by other white male artists?

If a black guy had picked a roster of all black artists no one would've batted an eyelid.

Presumably you're supposed to be honest about which artists & albums inspired you not fake some hip obscure crap to try & impress people who are too fucking 'cool' to be impressed in the first place.

Most of his selections are indeed 'Fucking Pop Classics' & undoubtedly inspirational whether you personally like them or not.

Bowie - uninspired & unimaginative hahaha - get fucking real.

He & Roxy Music inspired a whole generation, without whom there'd almost certainly have been no UK Punk and I'm NOT a particular fan of either but recognise the massive cultural influence & impact they had.

It's as ridiculous as saying The Beatles are 'crap'. Irrespective of whether YOU personally like their material, their seismic effect on music, culture & society is undeniable.

Why should anyone's uniquely personal selections
a) Conform to YOUR personal tastes? (Why the hell would they?) and b) Automatically be slagged off?

Christ if you're so certain your particular viewpoint is the RIGHT one & find stuff that INEVITABLY will differ from it so offensive, why bother fucking reading it?

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Beatnik Fuzzbomb
Sep 24, 2014 12:55am

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Exactly!

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Rotreg
Dec 8, 2014 12:00pm

"Alex Turner is the best writer since Noel [Gallagher]" LOL.

What a boring old arsehole.

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