busybeeburns Posted January 27, 2010 Share Posted January 27, 2010 ALAN MCGEE called yesterday for the Brit Awards to be abolished - and branded this year's nominees "an embarrassment" to music-lovers. The outspoken Scots music mogul unleashed a volley of insults towards artists from Coldplay to Paul McCartney, insisting rockers should retire at 40. And he accused the Brits of being nothing more than a marketing exercise for the big record labels. McGee, 49, said: "I saw the Brit Awards nominations and I mean, God, is it that bad? They should get rid of the Brits and start again with 20 music journalists who actually care about music getting together, instead of a bunch of self-interested record company people who just vote for their own acts." Few of this year's nominees escape McGee's wrath as he casts an eye over the various categories. He is particularly venomous about mega-selling Coldplay, whose A Rush Of Blood To The Head is up for best album of the last 30 years. He said: "Coldplay are a dilution of a dilution of a dilution. Chris Martin makes me want to eat someone else's earwax rather than listen to his records." The best Brits performance of the last 30 years category also provides McGee, whose discoveries include Oasis, Primal Scream and Glasvegas, with particular cause for anger. Cheesy pop trio Bros are nominated as potential winners of an award for the best Brits performance of the last 30 years, alongside Macca for his 2008 rendition of Wings' Bond theme Live And Let Die and Take That's 1994 Beatles medley. "McCartney should retire," McGee insisted. "John Lennon is probably firing bullets from another dimension as we speak. Just give in, Paul. Can't he and people like him retire? Music should be like football. Once you turn 40, you should become a manager or get lost. It's for kids. You lose perspective. You don't have 66-year-old football players. There's a reason for that. The man I was at 24 managing The Jesus and Mary Chain is not the same person at 49. Take That should be shot for even trying a Beatles medley. If this is what the Brits has to offer, we should close down the recording studios now because it is sad. I just hope there is another music revolution around the corner but it has probably gone too far for that. We are not playing with the same deck of cards. I looked at a Top 10 recently and it was all X Factor acts. I'll be expecting the Bros revival soon. Are they not reforming? Every other idiot has." Not everybody is in the line of fire, as far as this year's Brit's nominees go, although McGee doesn't get far on his list of likes before returning to the attack. He admitted: "I really like what Calvin Harris does. Calvin is cool and I love Muse. I think Robbie Williams's latest stuff is quality pop music, though it is not my thing. He makes good pop. Lily Allen is a good pop star. But Pixie Lott. I mean, for God's sake. I just don't get what the fuss is about Florence & The Machine. Mika should have been shot at birth and, while we are at it, we should shoot JLS. The really sad thing is that I don't even know what some of these songs that are being nominated sound like and it is not just because I am 49. Hardly anyone else knows what half these songs sound like either." The former Creation record label chief's blast came after Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien claimed the British music industry now lacks fun and creativity. O'Brien said: "The problem is that in the last 10 to 15 years, it's become about money, and the money men are now running the companies. You realise the fun and creativity is missing now." McGee said: "The guy in Radiohead has a good point. The Brits has nothing to do with music. It is all to do with marketing. Overall, it is tragic but then the music industry at a certain level and the state of the record companies is tragic. "It has never been worse apart from the 1950s but at least then they had Elvis." McGee believes the best Brits ceremonies in the past involved Oasis and were often mired in controversy, such as 1996's bash at which Liam Gallagher railed at INXS "has-been" Michael Hutchence being chosen to present him and Noel with the award. The same year, Jarvis Cocker stormed the stage during Michael Jackson's performance of Earth Song. McGee insisted: "The year Oasis won everything was pretty good. That was an amazing time and there have been other times. I was there when Michael Jackson performed Earth Song. I am a big Michael Jackson fan. Earth Song was a huge song. I know Jarvis Cocker got up and humiliated him but I love that song. " McGee believes Jay Z will win his best international male category and added: "I don't think the Brits is quite as bad as I thought simply because Jay Z is down for international artist. "Then again, we don't have Beyonce in there. Beyonce is the best female artist in the world by a mile. If she's not there, it should be Rihanna. I don't get Lady Gaga." McGee claims he has not heard Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle sing, despite her being the biggest selling UK artist of the last year. He said: "I 'm neither for or against her. I've never watched Britain's Got Talent or X Factor. It's great that X Factor gets kids into music. My daughter is nine and has been banned from watching X Factor by her mum but I am going to overturn the ban." McGee also thinks live music is hugely important and says the influence of Glasgow's King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - enjoying its 20th birthday next month - on helping to keep Britain's music scene alive cannot be overestimated. He said: "King Tut's influence is monumentally massive. There are the obvious bands who were discovered there like Oasis, Radiohead and Glasvegas and I'm sure there a few others. But even if it was only Oasis, it would still be a huge moment for British music. I signed The Hives to Creation and the first gig I saw them at was when they played there." http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-interviews/2010/01/27/exclusive-ban-the-brit-awards-says-music-mogul-alan-mcgee-86908-21998317/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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