Monday, July 28, 2008

... but then he realised they didn't have a thought in their heads

It turns out that Alan McGee's first impressions of Oasis were that they were fascists:

"My little Manchester mate, Debbie Turner, shared a practice space with this band that had a Union Jack on the wall," McGee told Uncut.

"I remember looking at the Union Jack and asking, 'Are they fascists?' and she said, 'Yes'. She was taking the piss, of course."

He continued: "It was a psychedelic Union Jack, sitting alongside pictures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

"But it was still a Union Jack – and back then, before the whole Cool Britannia bollocks, a Union Jack meant you had to be right-wing. I truly didn't have a clue."

Of course, it's still possible to be right-wing and not actually so extremely right-wing that you're shading into fascism; it seems McGee was comfortable enough with Noel Gallagher's more reactionary stances. At least he didn't see the flag and panic that they were Morrissey fans.

What's actually fascinating about this little insight, though, is what it actually means for the great Oasis myth - that McGee discovered them in a club in Glasgow and more-or-less signed them on the spot. What an astonishing coincidence that the band he discovered at King Tut's were sharing a rehearsal space with one of Mcgee's mates.


1 comment:

Simon said...

This is all pretty much in the bits he did contribute to My Magpie Eyes..., as well as that Turner's band Sister Lovers were on the King Tut's bill McGee saw Oasis at (indeed it might even have been her who invited them up)

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