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- Posted on Apr 22nd 2010 7:30AM by Chris Mugan
In his regular Guardian blog, the man who signed Oasis says listening to the Welsh classical singer's 2005 pop album, 'Tissues and Issues,' helped him understand the pressures of fame faced by Shields.
He and McGee fell out over the tortured recording of his band's final album, 1991's 'Loveless,' and the label boss dropped My Bloody Valentine soon after its release. McGee was unimpressed with their inability to release a follow up.
Now he says he rates both Church and Shields highly -- and sees similarities in their careers. "When 'Tissues and Issues' was dismissed, and mocked (because of the genre switch to pop) it was a sad day for music ... It was her foray into the world of pop that made me understand Kevin's reluctance to record a follow-up to 'Loveless.' It must have been the Church-like expectations of the fans that have kept him trapped in 1991, frozen in 'Loveless' time."
McGee adds that both were young when they were thrust into the spotlight, and ill-equipped to cope with the fame that followed. "Fame is an abomination to Shields ... (He) wants to live in a world of music, not music celebrity."