It's been hanging around for about a month now, but the full horror has just been alerted to us of Rock'n'Roll Promz, a title so desperately straining to be 'punk' and 'unconventional' (Promz, you see? Like the Proms... but off the wall like, um, Bratz!) you'll not be surprised to learn it's the brainchild of Alan McGee. PR?
"The idea for Rock N Roll Promz came to Alan whilst onstage DJing at Glastonbury. Alan was the last person onsite playing music and with the tent bursting at the seams the organisers decided it was time to turn the volume down for safety reasons. But when the volume went down the crowds started a euphoric mass-sing-along, creating an amazing atmosphere which Alan instantly picked up on, and, in keeping with the mood reached into his box for more classic and iconic tunes: Stones, Verve, Beatles, Oasis, Kinks, all taking the crowd higher and higher. The buzz in the tent was amazing with more and more people joining the celebratory mood. Alan immediately thought why not create that same atmosphere around the UK?"
Right. So basically it's a DJ set of the most famous songs Alan McGee knows in the style that about twelve people on the Internet and nowhere else call 'rockist', that is to say records that pissed lads in rugby shirts bellow while placing hands on each other's shoulder blades. You'd never guess that he hangs around with Oasis, would you? And he's properly touring with it! No wonder those The Bands compilations sell so well.