"Creation was DIY by default. Our aspirations were always to find the new Beatles. Following the shoegaze years and the acid house years, we connected with Oasis, who made that a possibility. The story of the label is in two parts - the fun part and there's the not-so-fun part after the Sony buy-out [in '92]. The early years were the best time creatively. In one six-month period in '91 we put out Screamadelica, Bandwagonesque and Loveless. Even I, through the haze of every drug known to man, knew that it was never going to be better than that.
"When Oasis played at Knebworth in '96, I remember thinking, We should stop now, but my ego wouldn't let me. In my mind, I was shaping British culture. So we put out Be Here Now and sold another 20 million records, we went to 10 Downing Street, we met Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton stayed at my house, all that bollocks. People think Creation ended in piles of debt. In reality, we made a lot of money. What I did next isn't very rock'n'roll - I went into property and quadrupled it." Alan McGee
Definitely Maybe, 1994
Primal Scream were the flagship Creation band but Oasis were the goal scorers. This album made us the hottest indie of the '90s, and I still think it's Oasis's best album: Liam is bang on form and Noel had been sitting on these brilliant songs for years.
I introduced Bobby Gillespie to ecstasy in early '89. By April he'd invented acid house. This album transformed them from a touring group on diminishing returns to the most exciting band in Britain. It's Exile On Main St in Ibiza.
Download: Movin' On Up
My Bloody Valentine
It cost £270,000 to record, but it was worth it. It's the definitive shoegaze album; a soundscape thing - no tunes. I'm not really into music like this any more, but I know a lot of new bands are trying to sound like the Valentines.
Download: To Here Knows When
Copper Blue, 1992
Creation is known for its British bands, but we had a great US act in Sugar. It's a big, Beatles-y album from Bob Mould, the former Hüsker Dü singer. He approached me to put this out and we argued over the price of his contract for months. Who won? Me.
Download: Hoover Dam
A brilliant album. I spent a lot of time in the US and signed Teenage Fanclub knowing they'd go down well over there. They were a Scottish band that wanted to be American. They hate it when I say that, but it's fucking true.
Download: The Concept
House Of Love House Of Love, 1988
This was House Of Love's only album for Creation, and it lined them up as the new Smiths. They had a brilliant songwriter in Guy Chadwick and an outrageous guitar player in Terry Bickers, but they went left at the lights and never came back.
Download: Man To Child
For the connoisseur
Ride were great from the first day I met them. They were shoegaze with tunes - a massive influence on bands like Coldplay. I hold myself responsible for fucking up their career by introducing them to The Byrds and The Beatles.
Download: Dreams Burn Down
Keeping The Faith, 1991
People call us Johnny-come- latelies to acid house, but we were there at the start. This was a compilation of bands and DJs making acid house tracks for me when we were going through a heavy ecstasy phase. I still play a lot of it when I'm DJing.
Download: Fluke - Philly...
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