The New Musical Express started in 1952, and along with being the original compiler of the UK Singles Chart, quickly became the bible for new music lovers around the world.
NME chronicled, and made, music history. Many in our office fondly remember browsing its pages for gigs to attend, the next band to check out, and the interviews of innumerable artists à la mode.
And with NME switching to a freemium model last week, we thought a dust-off and walk down memory lane was in order!
Our Steve, a massive Oasis fan, kept to this day his copies of NME featuring the band (ABOVE).
NME used to allow readers to request cassettes and 7″ by post.
The iconic C86 cassette compilation. We loved it so much our own weekly compilation art work is inspired by it! The original featured 22 songs by bands such as the Pastels, Shop Assistants, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present and Half Man Half Biscuit.
In 2014, Cherry Red’s Deluxe 3 CD Box Set Edition reissue included two more discs of forgotten and unforgotten tunes, including tracks by BMX Bandits, Happy Mondays, the Turncoats and The Jesus and Mary Chain, That’s one of the releases we definitely loved manufacturing, available here.
Key Production already rocking newspaper adverts! Yes, we’ve been around that long, 1990 to be precise.
Wait..who’s that? That’s Kenickie! Lauren Laverne, Marie, Emmy-Kate and Johnny x claiming: “we haven’t met a celebrity as good as us yet”.
The mighty gig guide!
New releases from Damaged Goods and Fierce Panda? Yes please, featuring The Headcoats, Cee Bee Beaumont, Idlewild & more.
You could get Armitage Shanks “Cacophony Now Live” & “Hope N Anchor” LP for £3 less than the CD, and take home Spy 51 “Stun Gun” 7″ for just £2.25. Bless!
Our Paul S. ran Old Eagle Records with a couple of friends back in the day and kept the reviews of their releases: Davey 7″ (May 1997) and Ricky Spontane CD album (May 1998).
In the same issue The Handsome Family “Through The Trees” on Loose Music got a big 8, more than Aretha Franklin or David Bowie.
Shocking news on this 1998 cover: some members of The Fall leave the band! 17 years later Mark E. Smith doesn’t seem to have changed his behaviour. Oh, and let’s go see Nick Cave for FREE at the LA2!
And other cool articles…
Hope you enjoyed seeing these old NME features as much as we did!
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