"Can you imagine having to answer questions about One Direction for the rest of your life?"

Alan McGee sounds like he definitely can imagine it, and unsurprisingly isn't a man who would want to (although does admit to taking his daughter to see them when she was younger).

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Image: McGee's view on an Oasis reunion? 'Not anytime soon'

"That would be… well, at least for me it's Oasis and not One Direction. Everyone always asks about Oasis, every f****** time. But that's okay, it's not a bad thing. Oasis are a good band."

McGee is about to start a tour – a mixture of question and answer shows and DJ sets – and inevitably people are going to ask the Oasis question, he says. "The truth is not anytime soon," is his answer.


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McGee is more than happy to talk about his time with Britpop's finest, the tale of how he came across them in the 300-capacity King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow in '93 and immediately offered them a deal with his label, Creation Records, the stuff of 1990s legend. Within two years they were one of the biggest bands in the world.

Next week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of their debut single, Supersonic. McGee was there with Liam and Noel Gallagher at the band's peak: the multiplatinum sales, the awards, the Knebworth gigs; for gifting Rolls Royces, and the hobnobbing with Tony Blair when things could only get better.

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Cherie Booth looks on as Tony Blair receives a platinum disc of Oasis album What's The Story, Morning Glory from Alan McGee of Creation Records in Blackpool 1996
Image: McGee hands Tony Blair a platinum disc of Oasis album (What's The Story) Morning Glory? in 1996

"People want the Oasis story, or my version of the Oasis story which I guess is warts and all," he says. "We had lots of good bands. I've got lots of good stories – but half of 'em I can't tell."

Creation, the label which started as a DIY bedroom operation after McGee moved from Glasgow to London, was the label behind bands including The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Teenage Fan Club.

After Creation, he went on to manage bands including The Libertines and Mogwai, and now looks after the Happy Mondays – "I think I got that job because I'm the only one left who's still alive," he says. "But they're fine now, it's like family on tour. I mean, it would be pretty sad being 56 and still getting f***** up."

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Peter J Walsh/Pymca/REX/Shutterstock (3487932a).Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream on stage at the Hacienda, Manchester 1991
Image: Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, pictured in 1991, is a childhood friend of McGee's

So he has lots to talk about. Despite this, McGee sounds almost surprised when he talks about the interest in his own shows.

"I suppose it's quite a normal thing," he says. And then concedes: "It is quite a mad story.

"I didn't plan to do a tour. We had a few shows and then more came in and now there's more than 30. But I like working to be honest, I'm a grafter. And I like meeting people. And if people want to ask me a question, I'll answer it."

It's that "working-class guy from Glasgow thing", he says; a man "who should have been factory fodder breaking out of that life". People are interested in hearing about that.

"I should've been a taxi driver or a labourer or a security guard, that was going to be my lot. Instead I ended up, from 23, doing music and managing some great bands.

The Jesus And Mary Chain in 1985
Image: Creation Records signed The Jesus And Mary Chain, pictured in 1985

"Ultimately people want to know how did I get it off the ground. And I suppose it was just through a love of music. I didn't really know what I was doing. I started off being a bass player and I could f****** play but I was a chancer. I started putting records out and it became Creation. And then we got The Jesus And Mary Chain and that blew up.

"Within a year I was touring America to 4,000 people a night, it was f****** crazy. I mean, I was 23 and I was the manager. The roadies were older than me.

"And then in 1991 there was Primal Scream, Screamadelica, and then My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub, Ride, Sugar, Saint Etienne… we just kept breaking bands. And then Oasis."

Noel Gallagher (right) speaks to Alan McGee during XFM Presents An Evening in Conversation with Noel Gallagher at Hammersmith Social Club, London, in aid of new national charity, Global's Make Some Noise, in 2014
Image: Taking part in XFM's An Evening in Conversation with Noel Gallagher in 2014

McGee's autobiography, Creation Stories: Riots, Raves And Running A Label was released in 2013. There is soon to be a film, based on the book. Written by Irvine Welsh, directed by Nick Moran, starring Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting's Spud) as McGee, filming starts soon.

"It's Trainspotting does Creation," says McGee. He laughs. "And that's cool because I love Trainspotting. Irvine Welsh is one of my heroes."

How does he feel to see his life in a script?

"It's just a bit of a giggle really. I don't take it particularly seriously. I mean, I can't believe anyone's wanting to make a film of it but Irvine wanted to so that's why it's happening.

"It's about my childhood and Creation and the madness of it all. You know, everyone was out of control. I sobered up but everyone else carried on. Most people were just partying excessively, from acid house onwards."

Alan McGee and Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder in 2015
Image: McGee now manages the Happy Mondays – pictured with Shaun Ryder
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