28 May 2015

Alan McGee Insists He Won't Be Getting Involved With An Oasis Reunion

No one knows the inner workings of Liam and Noel Gallagher better than the Scot who discovered them.

Alan McGee, 54, unearthed Oasis at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, signed them to Creation Records and in 1994 the band launched the album that defined an era.

Definitely Maybe gave us tracks like Supersonic and Live Forever and the following year the band reached a pinnacle with What's the Story Morning Glory.

Now 20 years since the launch of the 22 million-selling album McGee is a still a mover and a shakermaker in the music business and has unsurprisingly been rumoured to be involved with an Oasis reunion.

This month The Sun newspaper claimed that "Alan McGee, met Paul "Bigun" Ashbee — who was Liam’s boss when he worked as a car valet and knew members of the band in the early days — in London’s Soho on Monday night to discuss reforming the Britpop icons."

They didn't.

Alan our sister newspaper, the Daily Mirror: "Liam and Noel are the happiest I've seen them in years so for that reason I can't see a reunion happening.

"I've met Noel on numerous occasions recently and bumped into Liam a few times and we've had lengthy conversations and a reunion has never been discussed."

Despite "bumping into" the Gallaghers this has mostly been when DJing and not because he is courting the band.

McGee says he doesn't move in the same circles as Liam and Noel anymore and wouldn't want anything to do with a reunion.

He said: "I haven't even got Liam's mobile phone number anymore - I have Noel's - but not Liam's. That's not because I don't like him, because I do. It's just because I don't have anything in common with him anymore.

McGee has DJed for Liam including in Japan but says because he doesn't drink - and has avoided drugs for more than 20 years - he and Liam have very separate lives.

He added: "Liam is lovely. He's actually a real gentleman. But we have separate lives.

"I live in a small town in Wales where nobody gives a f*** who you are. If I wanted to be involved in the showbiz world I'd be in London."

Could it be that the whole Liam-Noel fallout was stage managed and planned exactly so they could have a dream reunion, taking fans along for the ride?

"No. It's as real as it gets. They are not showbizzy people like that. When they say something, they mean it. When Liam's calling Noel 'Katie Hopkins' he really means it."

Alan admits that while he can't see an Oasis reunion happening "any time soon" it wouldn't shock him to see one "at some point in the next 20 years."

Isn't that pushing it a bit. Will people still want to see Liam snarl when we're all flying round on hoverboards in 2035?

"I saw The Who a few years ago at the Royal Albert Hall and they were every bit as good as when I saw them in 1972. That taught me something about comebacks.

"And who knows what goes on in the heads of the Gallaghers?"

But if that reunion does happen he insists he won't be involved.

"They've already got a manager and I like things the way they are. I certainly wouldn't have any interest in reforming the band.

"I wouldn't even go to see them. I suppose if they toured and somebody told me their gigs were incredible I might go but only if I knew it was going to be great."

But while he may not have any interest in sharing a Brat Awards stage with the Gallaghers any more, he hasn't lost his touch for discovering working class heroes.

His new protégés Alias Kid have already drawn comparisons with the band from Burnage.

Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets said they "have the potential to be one of the great Manchester bands."

The indy group may be influenced by Oasis, the Stone Roses, Kasabian and McGee's other discovery Primal Scream, but he says it is their work ethic that sets them apart from today's manufactured acts.
McGee said: "If someone wins The Voice the first thing I think is 'poor f***er' because that's the last we'll hear of them."

The Manchester fourpiece are, he says a real working class band.

McGee said: "They are supporting Shaun Ryder and Black Grape at the moment and if they're told they have to climb in the van with him and go to a gig for a hundred quid they'll do it. They are up for any task.

"They don't give a f***."

Now who does that remind you of?

Source: www.scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk

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