The New Musical Express (NME) known affectionately to musicians as “The Enemy” is the last remaining national music paper left from the heyday of the late 1950s through to the 1990s. Casualties along the way have included Melody Maker, Sounds, Black Echoes and Record Mirror.
Originally the NME was basically a ‘fanzine’ reviewing newly released singles, publishing the charts and printing sycophantic interviews with pop stars of the day. It gradually morphed into a more “cutting edge” music force, both championing and objectively critiquing contemporary bands and artists during the 80’s 90’s into the noughties and beyond.
Even now when as “last man standing” it has become a “freebie” obtainable only in HMV and other relevant venues, the NME continues be a fighting force for good music be it Rock, Indie, Reggae, Folk, Pop or whatever. The only criteria being that the music is both innovative and good.
The current issue for example includes articles “The return of the Kings of Leon”, “The first family of grime” and a constructive review of Ron Howard’s brilliant documentary film “Eight Days A week” about the Beatles touring days from their early days in cinemas and concert halls to their final show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 19th 1966.
Long live the enemy!