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I recently had the pleasure of viewing a documentary about 80s/90s Indie label Creation Records called "Upside Down" (the film has been out for 4 years, I'm really on the cutting edge here). The documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the label as they successfully produce and release many hit albums from mainly previously unrecognized talent (The Jesus & Mary Chain, Oasis, Primal Scream, etc.) all under the helm of an ambitious drug-fuelled Scotsman named Alan McGee.
The documentary was inspiring in the way the label took on the big guys and won (for a while anyway) despite being run under chaotic drug-heavy conditions. Alan McGee is naturally a great documentary subject, he knows how to spin a yarn and due to his loose attitude to all things chemical in his hey day, he was often the centre of a lot of banter/controversy/memorable quotes. One particular standout moment occurs when McGee finds himself relocated to Manchester in pursuit of the then thriving Acid House scene. When queried (by Factory record boss Tony Wilson) in a TV interview as to why he moved from London to Manchester he casually replies, "A better class of drug, Tony"...
-Words by Phil Evans
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