The former Creation boss + Oasis manager talks to Gigwise about his thoughts on the festive rework
Andrew Trendell and Cai Trefor

16:05 10th November 2015

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Former Oasis manager and Creation Records boss Alan McGee has spoken out against Aurora's cover of the band's 'Half The World Away' for the John Lewis Christmas advert. 

The annual festive commercial was unveiled last week - with the rising Norwegian pop sensation cover the band's classic b-side, over footage of a young girl delivering a telescope to a lonely man on the moon. 

We loved it, but the reimagining of the track was met with a mixed reaction from viewers and Oasis fans. Now, former Oasis manager Alan McGee has spoken out against the cover. 

“I think it’s rubbish, I think it’s rubbish," McGee told Gigwise. "I don’t know what anybody else thinks of it though. I’m pleased for Noel that he got his royalties, I hope they gave him a million quid but I thought actually it was rubbish."

Speaking of his current relationship with Noel, McGee continued: "You know as much as me I don’t really talk to him much about what he’s doing with music. I buy the records and I got to the concerts and I’m friends with him. I met him in London in a club, he was on great form. We were talking about our children."

Watch the advert below

Check out our exclusive interview with Aurora discussing music, love, life, Norway and the future here

Alan McGee will be a special guest speaker at a special Teenage Cancer Trust event - Listen Learn: Music, a workshop for teens who want to get into the music industry. He'll be appearing alongside Nicola Roberts and Elyar Fox on Wednesday 18 November at the Gibson Showroom in London. Tickets and information are available here

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