35 years after the birth of one of the most successful and iconic independent record labels, Creation Records, maverick founder and music mogul Alan McGee is launching Creation 23, a 7” vinyl label.
The new imprint has just the one agenda, according to its founder. “I want to put out records again,” says McGee. “I’ve missed it, there’s a lot of good music around and it feels like a good time to do it. Twenty-three is my lucky number.”
Up first for Creation 23 is a new North Essex outfit Rubber Jaw with their debut single ‘Feeling Funny.’ The song has been inspired by films such as The Man Who Fell to Earth, Eraserhead and Videodrome and the self-directed accompanying video represents the band’s DIY ethos.
‘Feeling Funny’ and its B-Side ‘Bumpy Faces’ comes in a limited edition, numbered and coloured 7” with artwork and inserts made by the band. It includes a golden ticket to gain free entry with a plus one to every show for a year. All pre-ordered vinyl will receive ‘Feeling Funny’ as an instant grat track. The song will officially be released on 5 October.
Alan McGee founded the iconic Creation Records 35 years ago, signing stars ranging from Oasis, Super Furry Animals, Ride and Primal Scream to The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Felt and The House Of Love. Widely hailed as of the UK’s defining indie labels, Creation was the imprint behind, and almost bankrupted by, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, often regarded as one of the greatest Shoegaze albums.
After announcing his departure from Creation in 1999, McGee went on to launch Poptones in 2000 and run Death Disco, an international club night. Upside Down, a film about Creation Records premiered at the BFI in London on 23 and 24 October 2010. It was released on DVD in the UK in May 2011 along with a soundtrack album compiled by Joe Foster featuring 34 tracks which covered the entire career of Creation Records. This record was released on Creation Records, which was revived for the release of the album only.