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Upside Down: The Creation Records Story

Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)


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Alan McGee was a British rock fan who had played in bands, managed artists and booked clubs, and next wanted to start a record company to help upstart acts being their music to the world. In 1983, McGee co-founded Creation Records, which would become one of the most important and influential independent records labels of the '80s and '90s; McGee's signings read like a who's who of cutting-edge British rock of the era, including the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Ride, My Bloody Valentine,

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Debutant director O'Connor's lively documentary goes some way to capturing the eclectic and eccentric nature of the label's management and recording artists.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

It's entertainingly riotous, though as a film, its print-the-legend approach could have used a few dissenting voices to balance out the rampant mythmaking.

May 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

With a talking-heads format, it's pretty trad to look at, but as a slice of pop culture history, it's never less than fascinating.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A little messy at times, like McGee himself, but just right for nostalgics.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

O'Connor captures the hedonistic mood of a particular time - although anyone who wasn't there might find it a bit impenetrable.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's a rise and fall story (of course) and between the no-nonsense interviewees and the wealth of footage, a vivid and moving one.

April 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

For those already familiar with the story, there's little new to learn, but there are enough fresh interviews, plus plenty of airtime given to some of the lesser-known players, to keep Upside Down interesting.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Audience Reviews for Upside Down: The Creation Records Story

I can't say I learnt anything I didn't already know about Creation Records from this film and they left a hell of a lot out. The interviews are pretty good though and the truths regarding many myths are put to rest or straightened out. Having worked for a popular independent label myself, I was pretty interested throughout and became quite nostalgic. Those were the days!
October 31, 2011

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Documentary about Creation records. Possibly only of interest to people who listened to shoegaze back in the day. Or who liked Oasis, as it is Oasis heavy towards the end. Personally, I was about ready to turn it off by this point.
This follows the story of Alan McGee more than anything, but there are people of interest interviewed. Quite a bit of Bobby Gillespie, Jim Reid and Mark Gardner, (unrecognizable), to name a few. Telescopes are barely touched and Slowdive not at all except a brief shot of the Souvlaki cover. This was a pleasant walk down memory lane, but there should have been more on other bands - I guess it's 1.40 run time was too brief to be properly extensive.
May 16, 2011

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