Chugg On McGee: ‘He Didn't Need To Come’
News posted Saturday, September 10 2011 at 02:00 PM.
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Promoter Michael Chugg has openly questioned the decision to bring out Creation Records founder Alan McGee (pictured) for last week’s BIGSOUND conference.
McGee caused a media stir for a provocative keynote address that claimed the PIAS warehouse fire was a “result” and – shock horror – that he didn’t really listen to music anymore. The PIAS claim, in particular, resonated around the world, with the likes of NME and Pitchfork picking it up via themusic.com.au.
But during a panel discussion with journalists on the final day of the three-day industry talkfest, Chugg questioned the value of having McGee at BIGSOUND, and openly wondered why he made the trip.
"Alan McGee came to hang out with his Pommy comedian mate … He didn't need to come,” Chugg told the crowd, following a question from Brisbane journalist Lars Brandle. "If you're not happy doing what you're doing, why bother?"
Chugg said McGee made no valuable contribution to the conference (“he didn’t come out to give”), contrasting his appearance to David Enthoven and Tim Clark of UK management company ie:music (Robbie Williams, Ladyhawke), who he thought did a great job. "If you're going to use it as a junket to come out here, fuck off."
The entertaining hour-long panel featured anecdotes from Chugg’s career, including his description of a young Steve Kilbey as "spoilt arsehole”, despite the pair being on good terms these days. (Kilbey recently roasted Chugg – The Church’s former manager – during an off-the-cuff address at their ARIA Hall of Fame induction last year.)
More BIGSOUND coverage to come.