Alan McGee turns down Creation Records factual drama

Alan McGee Creation Records eventually closed in 1999

Former Creation Records owner Alan McGee turned down the chance to make a film drama about the label's history, he has revealed.

The British music label, which McGee founded in 1983, was home to bands like Oasis and Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain before folding in 1999.

He said he was approached by the BBC and Channel 4 about telling the story.

But speaking to BBC 5 live, McGee said that a straight dramatisation "reeked of miscalculation."

The 50-year-old added that Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh had agreed to write the screenplay and had suggested "morphing" McGee, Sex Pistol's manager Malcolm McLaren and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham into one character.

"That to me was a 10 out of 10 idea," McGee said on Thursday.

"But not for the BBC or Channel 4, they want a dramatisation of Creation Records straight, so yesterday me and Irvine turned it down.

"It was going to be called something like Beyond The Eruption."

The former manager, who is featured in Upside, Down - a new film documentary about Creation's history - added: "If we were going to do a literal Creation thing let's do it on one of two subjects.

"Either when we were out of our minds 88-94, or the whole Brit Pop political thing when Labour were asking me if I could get young Britain back to work and we were going to Downing Street.

"The rest of it is too much of a freak show."

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