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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


Elliott Smith - XO
I kind of got into him in a weird way, through Good Will Hunting, and then backtracked to his earlier records. I met him before he died. He came up to me in a club all beaten up, probably in 2002/2003, and I don't know what had happened to him. It was a really weird conversation, because I didn't know it was Elliott, because people come up to me all the time, and I don't ever really want to say: "I don't know who you are." So I had this nice conversation, blagged it, and he walked away. And afterwards a girl said, "Elliott loves you". And I said, "Elliott who?" And she said, "Elliott Smith", and I thought, "Ah no!" He looked as if he was a gang member who'd been beaten up.