Goodbye NME, thanks for the good times…
After 66 years the print edition of the New Music Express is coming to an end.
For many decades it was the leading weekly music paper. It championed Punk, Acid House, Hip-Hop, Madchester, Grunge and Beatlemania.
Sadly around the turn of the century it seemed to drop much of the music analysis to try and compete with the internet and lost its way by becoming a lifestyle magazine loosely based around music and aimed at literally anyone who would read it.
But lets forget all that for a minute and remember the good times.
Without the NME Creation Records would never have made such an impression, so lets look back at some of the front covers featuring Creation bands.
September 1985 and The Jesus and Mary Chain appear on the front cover. No longer on Creation but still managed by McGee they were preparing to release their debut album.
Following the success of the Mary Chain, The Weather Prophets were on the cover in March 1987 during the temporary stint on McGee’s major label Elevation via WEA.
It was only the next month when Creation got another front cover with Baby Amphetamine who were literally three girls from the local Virgin Megastore.
This was the front cover that changed everything for The House of Love, the week they released ‘Destroy The Heart’ and headlined ‘Doing It For The Kids’ they were propelled into the big league.
Newly signed to Creation in 1991 Teenage Fanclub were on the cover the week they released ‘Star Sign’.
One of the most iconic NME front covers was from September 1991 the week Primal Scream released Screamadelica.
My Bloody Valentine featured on the cover the week they released Loveless in November 1991.
Mark Gardener of Ride was on the front cover in March 1992 the week they released their second album ‘Going Blank Again’.
Sugar were on the front of the NME when they released their debut album ‘Copper Blue’.
To celebrate Creation Records 10th anniversary NME ran a special edition with this cover in 1994 also giving away a free tape.
Oasis were on the cover of NME more times than anyone can remember, this is one of their first appearances from June 1994 when they released their second single ‘Shakermaker’.
To celebrate the 20th anniversay of Screamadelica Bobby Gillespie made another appearance on the front of the magazine in 2011.
May 2011 saw the DVD and cinema release of the Creation documentary ‘Upside Down’ and the label was celebrated on the front cover once again.