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Alan Mcgee: 'Liverpool is best music city by a mile'

Creation Records founder swamped by demo tapes on club opening night

Written by . Published on September 9th 2013.

Alan Mcgee: 'Liverpool is best music city by a mile'

 “LIVERPOOL is not stuck up like London,” Alan Mcgee says, “it's the best music city by a mile, that's the reason we do the club here.” 

The Glaswegian founder Creation records was buzzing the morning after last Friday night's debut of 359, the monthly club event for his new label at District in the Baltic Triangle. 

1266166_10153165376710507_1028587228_OAlan McgeeAs if to confirm that the spirit of rock n roll is alive here and looking for a record deal, Mcgee was looking for a holdall: one big enough to contain a haul of demo CDs (main picture) personally handed to him by almost 100 hopeful music acts who had come from as far as Russia for the first of the regular monthly happenings. 

Mcgee, who kick started the careers of Oasis and My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream, told Liverpool Confidential: “I ended up with 97 demos of bands who had come from as far as Glasgow and two girls who had come from Moscow to the night. I might have a job getting all these CDs back home to Wales.

“The kids were great in the bands that came they all just want a fair chance to be heard."

Chris GrantChris GrantAnd like the Pied Paper, Mcgee is making plenty of noises to egg them on. The record label, 359 Music, a joint venture with Cherry Red “will be a launch pad for new talent and some ignored older talent”, he declares. 

“We intend to release on average a dozen new bands per year every year - maybe more if I find a lot of new talent I like. Hopefully some of the artists will stick around and make numerous albums with 359 but some will go on to other things and that is just nature of the musical beast.” 

Among the first signings on 359 are Liverpool singer-songwriter Chris Grant; 15-year-old folksinger John Lennon McCullagh who played on Friday at the former Picket, run by Jayne Casey.

Mcgee said: “Keziah who played first who is 17 was astonishing and John Lennon McCullagh, who was 15, came straight onstage after supporting Babyshambles and nailed it for me. It was a very special night and Chris Grant who headlined is one of the great Liverpool songwriters. His album is truly up there with the best records I have ever released.” 

Meanwhile Mcgee talks about his vision and belief for the new era of music in the short video, with footage from Friday night, below.

*The next 359 night takes place on October 4 and on the first Friday of the month thereafter. *Alan Mcgee's top five gigs of all time here

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Pam HodgeSeptember 9th 2013.

Alan McGee is a rogue, I know for a fact that has been setting up these bogus clubs in other locations around the UK. I recently attended his club ‘359’ at Hazlemere golf club in Buckinghamshire which he advertised using the slogan 'Swing Yer Own Club’. When he was a guest on Kestrel FM's late night music show 'Nitevibe' he pronounced that he was looking for local Buckinghamshire talent for his new record label, wowing local listeners with the declaration that ‘There is more talent in High-Wycombe than Hoylake’. He should be ashamed of himself.

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James FoggSeptember 9th 2013.

Gutted! He promised my brothers band Spazzattack they would be on the cover of the Bucks Free Press by Christmas! They guitarist 'Nige' has bought a new amp and my brother borrowed £75 off my granddad for a Topshop 'punk' jacket.

Pam HodgeSeptember 9th 2013.

I do hate hearing about young peoples dreams being crushed James. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a dancer like the gorgeous girls in Hot Gossip. I had good legs too but my dreams of Top Of The Pops glory died one day when I slipped (a discarded Calypso carton) and ended up in Amersham hospital. I work 3 days a week in an animal rescue charity shop in Maidenhead now, so its not all doom and gloom.

Volker J.September 9th 2013.

Hello, I am new at LIPA from Bremen in Germany I do not understand the comments. What is Bang Yer Own Drum mean to you in UK? I play trombone but in German Schlagen Eigene Trommel means to pleasure yourself and also arouse. Is this right here too?

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AnonymousSeptember 10th 2013.

Volker, to help clarify this important point, when you do some tromboning, are you alone or with other musicians? MFG

Jen LewisSeptember 9th 2013.

I am a teacher of language at JMU and I found the above article very confusing. The writer definitely gives the impression that this new '359'club is in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool and that Mr McGee intends to sign Liverpool talent to his new record label. I’ve just done some ‘Googling’ (not in school time) and discovered that the musicians mentioned, Chris Grant and John Lennon McCullagh are indeed both local acts!

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AnonymousSeptember 9th 2013.

He apparently says the same to the people of Aylesbury. As a scouser and proud, I feel very let down

Crabhands67September 9th 2013.

it is in Liverpool you spanner

Steven GriffinSeptember 10th 2013.

check out my stuff on you tube and soundcloud im ste griff and would like more people to hear my stuff

PaulSeptember 15th 2013.

Great music city?!!.Good buskers are tainted and treated as beggars.The Beatles are being consigned to history by their own city, and St Johns market blasts out auto tuned crap every day..nuff said.

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