Film, Video — November 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

‘Upside Down’ documentary to tell story of Alan McGee and Creation Records

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Alan McGee’s legendary Creation Records label — home to such ’80s and ’90s Brit luminaries as The Jesus and Mary Chain (shown above), Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, The House of Love and Oasis — will be the subject of “Upside Down,” a new documentary expected to hit theaters, DVD and television next year.

The film — named after the Mary Chain’s 1984 debut single — currently is being completed by Document Productions Ltd., and features full participation from McGee, as well as new interviews with JAMC’s Jim Reid, Bobbie Gillespie of Primal Scream, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and Bob Mould, whose early-’90s act Sugar was signed to the label.

McGee, in the video clip below, says, “It’s really just a story of the times, kind of where it went right and where it went wrong.” The filmmakers describe the project this way:

“Millions of sales, near bankruptcy, pills, thrills, spats, twats, success, excess, pick me ups, breakdowns and, of course, some of THE defining music of the late 20th century, this is the definitive and fully authorized story of the UK’s most inspired and dissolute label.”

McGee co-founded Creation in 1983, and made a name for the label by signing hugely influential indie acts that nevertheless failed to score hits. By the early ’90s, McGee sold the struggling imprint to Sony, then finally hit big with the discovery of Oasis and the ensuing Britpop explosion of the mid’90s. The label folded in 1999.

The filmmakers currently are editing “Upside Down,” and the doc is expected “in cinemas globally (in) early 2010,” with TV and DVD following in “spring/summer 2010.”

See the trailer and video of Alan McGee discussing ‘Upside Down’ after the jump…


One Comment

  1. greats bands to 80 s& 90s my favorite groups : the smiths,the the, inspiral carpets, suede ,oasis,front line asembly, front 242,ministry!my bloody valenty,cabaret voltaire,eisnturzende neubauten,nick cave,& more greatings from bsas! i love u.k. this camden town alive

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