NME.com To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

By Londonist_Laura Last edited 142 months ago
NME.com To Celebrate 10th Anniversary
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A not particularly well-known indie band is due to headline NME.com's 10th anniversary bash at Koko next month. Ben Perreau, editor of NME.com, said: "NME.com's landmark tenth anniversary deserves to be celebrated in style — and what better way than to have the cream of today's storming indie bands in the form of Kasabian showing the new bloods how it's done."

Kasabian? Storming indie band? "Showing the new bloods how it's done"? For a band who've only just released their second album that's quite an arrogant claim. But then it is the NME.

The party, which will be held on September 12, will also feature the winners of the magazine's Walkman NME Breaking Bands contest, following a nationwide search to find the best unsigned band in the country.

They'll no doubt be heralded as the best new band in the world, like, EVER, do a load of moody photo shoots then promptly be knocked off their pedestal by the same people who put them up there.

Is that where Pop Idol got the idea from?

Last Updated 08 August 2006




This is all pretty out of touch. So Kasabian are "a not particularly well-known indie band"? Do you know your subject?

Have you ever been to Koko? Who would you expect to play the NME party? James Blunt? Timberlake? Liking a particular band is a matter of opinion (I'd agree Kasabian are overhyped) but that they are among the cream of today's indie bands is beyond dispute.

If you'd rather NME booked only bands who have several decades of solid achievement behind them, rather than (as you see it) an insubstantial two-album back catalogue, the gig would be of little relevance to NME's readers, let alone the indie strand of the pop culture of now.

And the importance of the pop culture of now is the cause of the fluff around it: the fanfare, the moody photos and the fall from grace that you find so distasteful. If you have no appetite for those things then christ, why are you writing about music?!

How about putting aside your own bias and remembering that this gig will nevertheless excite Londoners, which presumably is why you've mentioned it. Demand for tickets will hardly indicate a collective turning up of noses at this apparently unimpressive headline act.

Love or hate NME - and it should inspire both reactions - it continues to serve its purpose. That purpose may be different from Londonist's, but it certainly helps generate your music content, not that it gets much thanks. As for the "arrogance", that's the price you pay for giving your readership (not necessarily the world at large) the passion and urgency that they want and the genre deserves. If it isn't your cup of tea, concentrate on generating your own passion and urgency and ignore it.


a long-term (but far from uncritical) NME/Londonist reader