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

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

  1. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I genuinely envy those who look back on NME fondly. I tried reading it when I started paying attention to music again, early 2000s, but quickly stopped buying it as it just seemed... I dunno, just wasn't interesting.

    Still though, clearly has its place in cultural history.
  2. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

    And that indie sound was just as commercial, manufactured and formulaic as anything in the Top 40.
  3. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    I also miss 80s Hot Press, interviews with Tom Waits, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Charles Haughey!
  4. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    This sums up the decline

  5. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    Is Kerrang still going? That must be the last weekly?
  6. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    True, although had the UK been given a decent level of radio choice like the States had/has the NME would have been much less important. The US had Album Rock and College stations in most towns and cities. We got Simon Bates.

    Anyway RIP NME.
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  7. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

    Not surprising, really:

  8. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

    "There are some fuckers in the world, I'd like to slit their throats and push them over a cliff" - thus spake the bould CJH in his message to Ireland's youth.
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  9. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    It still had some kind of role back in the early 2000s as youtube, streaming etc weren't a thing yet and there wasn't so much music writing online. I do remember most of the writing being pretty awful though, and a lot of the bands that got plugged were pretty dire. There are still some great records I'd not have bought without the NME though, particularly back in my teenage years.
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  10. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Yeah, he was insistent that the interview wouldn't go near "any of that arms trial shite" :D
  11. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    X.Moore was good as well.
    It was the casettes I looked foward to
  12. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

  13. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

  14. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    Can't remember seeing one of the free copies anywhere tbh. Would have given it a miss in any case. Music, film, style...yeah fuck off.
  15. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Good analysis here:

    NME failed to adapt, but Kerrang! proves music weeklies aren't dead | WIRED UK
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  16. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Cassettes ?? Pshaw. In my day we had to make do with flexidiscs and like it :D

    One of the first issues I bought had this one

    Excerpts from 'Exile on Main Street' introduced by Jagger "with piano accompaniment". Curved Air and Fanny tracks on the B side.

    Later there were occasional actual singles/EPs. Very fond of the one that featured Steinski's 'The Motorcade Rolled On'.

    And there were exclusive promo records you could send off for. The most famous being the much bootlegged Clash EP with the best version of 'Capital Radio' on it, for which you had to send a coupon from the NME and a sticker from the first pressing of their first album. But my favourite was 'Good to Go' the promotional double LP of Go Go tracks from Island Records to promote the (terrible) film of the same name. Fantastic compilation.

  17. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    Are they yours The39thStep ? I didn't realise they released so many. That first one, the Rough Trade one was really good, and the Hii-voltage one too, which I still have somewhere.
  18. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Loved the free cassettes and later the CDs. There was so much that was good about it back in the day, the NME Awards, the NME Tour, the NME sponsored stages at festivals, there was even a half decent radio station for a while.

    All went downhill pretty fast.
  19. marshall

    marshall Well-Known Member

    Didn't realise that Sounds went under 27 years ago and MM has been dead for the last 18.

    In that context, it's pretty amazing that NME managed to stagger on for as long as it did, IMO.
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  20. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    I think the NME did adapt, but it's how it adapted that gradually fucked it. It's 90's Britpop direction was understandable, given the popularity of those bands at the time, but it was the beginning of the end for it journalistically - although it got much much worse when after that it became the bible of indie landfill, when it really should have called it a day.

    If you ever see the free mag Crack these days, that really is a good example of how the NME could and should have gone - youthful, hip and stylish, but remaining culturally relevant and intelligent, like the NME used to be in it's late 70's/early 80's heyday.
  21. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    I wish. No its an image that I found. I think my collections in a box in the shed back in England or in the local tip . Smile Jamaica was my favourite along with Pocket JukeBox, and Dept of Enjoyment. The most unusual ones was the world music one The World At One and Stomping at the Savoy.There was one that had a brill mash up of Ronald Reagan.
    Here a link to a site with the tracklists, artwork and video of all of the cassettes NME Cassettes ...... Redux
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  22. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    Those free flexi discs would get scratched , bent , and would be unplayable after a month.That Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers track was ace.
  23. Pickman's model

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

    further to the thread title, isn't the nme now definitely legendary? surely mythical at least...
  24. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    In fairness we still have the website to point and laugh at.
    Lily Allen’s lush new songs show off her sensitive side
    I see it even has a working RSS feed I could subscribe to... Nah a joke's a joke.
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  25. Idris2002

    Idris2002 Well, there goes the frying pan theory.

    Ah great, so I can still get the latest goss on Egon Bondy and the Plastic People of the Universe.
  26. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    So, nothing from 75 to 95 then? Anoraky note: the NME had its highest readership in 1979.
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  27. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    I've got a copy of the last edition here and although I haven't checked every page yet, is it me or is there nothing in it to indicate it is the last one?
  28. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    No, the NMEs highest readership was as a mainstream pop mag in 1964. Specifically the first half of 64. Once Radio Caroline launched you could hear mainstream pop easily enough so you didn't need a magazine to tell you what to buy. Magazines still had other items of interest of course but from that moment on the NME was in search of a niche, something it did pretty well from the 70s to the early 90s with prog and punk and indie etc

    But reading about music is always going to be a poor substitute for listening to it.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2018
  29. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    IMG_4261.JPG Look what I found in my singles! I used to look forward to Thursdays just for the latest NME. I've still got the front page from when Ian Curtis died somewhere.
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  30. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    A single that plays at 33.33 rpm.

    How long did that play for each side, do you know?

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