Alan McGee on Sony/PIAS Warehouse Fire: "I'm Probably the Only Person Who Thought That Was Funny"
Published Sep 07, 2011While many independent labels were devastated over last month's Sony/PIAS warehouse fire in London, which wiped out massive stocks of CDs and vinyl LPs, former Creation Records head honcho Alan McGee got a giggle out of the blaze. Speaking at a press conference in Australia, the curmudgeonly music mogul put a positive spin on the arson.
"I read that the Sony/PIAS building burnt down," he told a crowd at the BigSound festival [via NME]. "I'm probably the only person who thought that was funny. I call that a result. Got rid of all the shit music. And you get paid for it, the stuff you couldn't sell."
McGee, who signed such acts as Primal Scream, Oasis, My Bloody Valentine and Super Furry Animals to his label during the '80s and '90s, then went on to express his displeasure at the current state of the music industry, adding that the younger generation shouldn't bother jumping into the biz as its full of "drug addled" characters.
"I don't really like music. With music it's never enough for anybody, everyone wants to be Jagger or McCartney. As you grow older, it's bullshit, you're not that."