McGee hated what he considered to be their soppy and insipid material, songs that flew in the face of the edginess of rock 'n' roll.
Whatever about Coldplay, McGee's words might be more accurately attached to Travis, the Glaswegian quintet who have made a career out of being nice.
It's hard not to think of that "music for bedwetters" line tonight as the ever-smiling Fran Healy and his equally genial bandmates deliver song after song that meditates on domestic bliss and the simple pleasures of our quotidian existence.
On Closer, Healy sweetly whines "I'll never leave you" over and over while 'Sing' employs a banjo to get the earnest Travis message across.
While their yen for the cosy and the sentimental might be too saccharine for some to handle, there's no disputing their ability to pen super-catchy songs, with the new tunes sounding as though they too could lodge themselves into your brain given half a chance.
While Travis were one of the biggest bands in this part of the world around the turn of their millennium – and looked destined to be U2-big – their fortunes waned spectacularly as the 2000s wore on.
Now, rather than headlining Slane, you're more likely to find them in a Where Are They Now? column.
Healy explains that they took four years off to be with their children – that unquenchable niceness again – and a large number of songs tonight deal with the business of parenthood: Reminder meditates on a parent's hopes and fears while the pared back Flowers in the Window – delivered sweetly by all four members standing close together at the front of the stage – wisely opts for a more allegorical approach.
Despite that hiatus, Travis remain a tight, proficient outfit who clearly seem to love being back on the road.
The set is peppered with new songs, but it's old favourites like Driftwood and Writing to Reach You that truly rouse the audience – and they sing back the words with such fervour that Healy can step away from the microphone, beaming, while they do the work.
The band indulge a need to rock out with Turn and early single All I Wanna Do Is Rock raising pulses, while the angry Saturday Night suggests that Travis are more interesting when exploring life's dark side.
The night ends, as has long been their tradition, with their best known song, Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
The band pogo, the crowd pogo and everyone appears to leave content. Just like this band would have wanted it.