After free experiment, the once legendary NME mag is now dead

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by editor, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    A bold move for a struggling paper but it sounds like it's going to be another bland lifestyle mag..
  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    so it will now be very difficult to get if you live away from their distribution sites.
  3. Maurice Picarda

    Maurice Picarda Actually, might as well flounce.

    Weird. Well, must be good for Sounds and Melody Maker. They'll be the only 50p music weeklies on the block: a license to print money.
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  4. Metal Malcolm

    Metal Malcolm ODT resident emo

    Yup. The one thing I used to love about the NME was that when they hated something, they REALLY hated it. Now they're going to be entirely reliant on advertising for their funds, I can't see critical articles appearing any time soon.
  5. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Just like Time Out. Mind you that improved a whole load after going free. But it's still lifestyle shite, of course.
  6. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    (((the past)))
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  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    it was much better in the past: at one time it even acknowledged the existence of politics.
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  8. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Well, yes. Waaaay back in the past it was a decent read (remember its rival City Limits?). I was referring to its more recent existence.
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  9. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    Used to be required Wednesday reading, sad but inevitable that it will now die in the mainstream chasing advertising and offering bits of 'on line content'.
  10. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    NME should've died with Swells IMO.
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  11. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    The last few copies I've read have a huge chunk of advertorial in the middle, which is probably going to be a permanent thing.

    The rest of it is largely clichéd and predictable shite aimed at tourists and yuppies - 'London's Top Ten Pulled Pork Beach Barbecue Pop Ups' '20 Places in London Where You Can Drink Cocktails Made From Fresh Liquorice And Kangaroo Blood'.

    You get the odd film/music review worth reading.

    Haven't read NME since about 1980 but expect it to go the same way.
  12. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Didn't think that they could go "more mainstream" than they already had.
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  13. Where politics was concerned, Swells was the only one who "meant it, man".
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  14. Sea Star

    Sea Star this place is too unfriendly for me

    I've still got all my old 80s NMEs piled up in the loft. Who needs new ones? :p
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  15. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    Any mention of "curated content" always makes me go a bit :hmm:
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  16. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    I used to know a man who wrote for em back in ye olden days
    Ian Penman
    It don't think it did him any personal favours working there.....
  17. Maurice Picarda

    Maurice Picarda Actually, might as well flounce.

    Urban is curated content.
  18. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    Point proven :D
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  19. Maurice Picarda

    Maurice Picarda Actually, might as well flounce.

    The thing about curators, of course, which Scooby Doo made clear to all of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s, is that they are deeply sinister.
  20. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    Future NME online content:

    Revealed - 5 Secret Tricks to Get VIP Access to Festivals
    Naked Women Rush the Stage at Concert - We Find Out Why!
    11 Hidden Tracks You Never Knew Existed!
    Ed Sheeran Retirement Rumours - Are They True?
  21. It's going to be like


    just not as good.
  22. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    Might as well call it a day tbh.
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  23. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    Does FridgeMagnet qualify as a curator? :hmm::eek:
  24. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I think I had that issue ;)
  25. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    Vice has done all that already tbf
  26. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Nostalgia definitely isn't what it used to be but as an early editor of Punch pointed out it never was.

    Started reading NME in the early 70s when I discovered it had hired some of the writers I'd been reading in the underground press, and by the late 70s I was reading several inkies cover to cover. For a while the NME wiped the floor with the opposition. (And boy did it know it). Hubris caught up when it was confronted with punk and couldn't see what it was looking at, and the 'cure' for it's blind spot (hiring those cunts Burchill and Parsons, and setting them on the road to a celebrity larger than most other ex-NME writers) arguably proved worse than the disease. Story of the 80s right there imo. Stopped reading it closely as my musical tastes wandered off in other directions, and stopped buying it in 1991 when I moved into a flat too small to accommodate a collection of newsprint, and realised I had zero interest in what it was writing about.

    Post-internet I miss having single cultural gatekeepers to go to but that has its upsides as well. I don't think as much of the articles I read in the 70s as I did then - but I can probably only say that because of what I picked up from them at the time. The only thing I regret about losing my collection of old copies is that I didn't clip out the Ray Lowry cartoons.

    I'm sure some people will get something out of it's new incarnation however pointless it looks to me.
  27. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    I remember stuff from in the old days.

    Who remembers stuff from then? It was good, wasn't it.

    Not like now.
  28. Johnny Vodka

    Johnny Vodka The Abominable Scotsman

    Look on the plus side... it might stop people reading the Metro.
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  29. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Absolutely pointless.

    There's the Metro, Shortlist and Stylist(?) to compete with if they're going down the free-for-commuters route. And their target demographic, if anything, would be reading on a smartphone.
  30. Maurice Picarda

    Maurice Picarda Actually, might as well flounce.

    That was Select.

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