Old Melody Maker vs Old NME?

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What was better, Old Melody Maker or Old NME? what covered the best bands? what influenced you best? I never saw MM pre 1987 before it changed. But up until the romo debacle it was a fantastic magazine. Covered great bands.And wasnt afraid to cover rock,dance,rap ,damn good music. Unfortunately the readers departed in droves after the ill fated romo hype. And it became a poor shadow of itself as a mini kerrang/smash hits.
Nme claims its never been an indie mag but a pop mag. But it wa a much better mag when it covere indie than the travesty it is now.
Which was better?
I'd ask about Sounds,but i never ever read that mag. But feel free to comment.

Craig, Friday, 6 September 2002 12:35 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

what is a romo?

fields of salmon (fieldsofsalmon), Friday, 6 September 2002 12:46 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Not again!

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 6 September 2002 12:52 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

JESUS CHRIST NOT THIS AGAIN !

look - mm circa 92 - 96 : heyday of last music press
with any true balls, bile, soul, wit etc.
what's astonishing when u re-read it, is how nme
today sounds like the observer by comparison.

mm broke suede, they made the manics, they discovered
oasis, they gave first front covers to all 3. likewise
radiohead and countless more. they always sold fewer than
nme so they could risk take at their leisure. nme was a good
6 months behind constantly, as anyone who read either will tell
you. nme was at it's peak in the baker/burchill era about
12-15 years before.

and i didn't mention romo once !

piscesboy, Friday, 6 September 2002 13:49 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Hey I only asked a question. No reason to react like this.

Craig, Friday, 6 September 2002 18:32 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Someone I once worked with used to get NME and I'd swap MM with him. His copy of NME used to stink. This has made an everlasting impression and I still can't bring myself to buy it.

Besides, MM was always streets ahead with it's coverage of underground music.

petfug (petfug), Friday, 6 September 2002 19:29 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Romo: late period MM joke music scene.

but yes, as we all know the MM kicked arse in the early '90s.

DV (dirtyvicar), Saturday, 7 September 2002 11:24 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

fifteen years pass...

RIP Roy Carr
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/music-writer-roy-carr-has-died

Kibbutzki (Jaap Schip), Sunday, 1 July 2018 19:56 (four months ago) Permalink

RIP. The Beatles: An Illustrated Record was a James Redd Ur-text

Uncle Redd in the Zingtime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 July 2018 20:14 (four months ago) Permalink

His contempt for George Harrison and all his works in that book was bracing. RIP Roy.

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Sunday, 1 July 2018 20:19 (four months ago) Permalink

And Lord Alfred carries on the tradition today

Uncle Redd in the Zingtime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 July 2018 20:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Trying to remember his line about "Yesterday," I think it was "Schmaltz rears its ugly head again with this one" or something like that

Uncle Redd in the Zingtime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 July 2018 20:38 (four months ago) Permalink

mm broke suede, they made the manics, they discovered
oasis, they gave first front covers to all 3. likewise
radiohead and countless more.

;_; ;_; ;_;

Kroos on first (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 1 July 2018 20:51 (four months ago) Permalink

more evidence for the war crimes tribunal!

calzino, Sunday, 1 July 2018 21:10 (four months ago) Permalink

i wrote a little about roy, who i worked with for a while in the 80s

mark s, Thursday, 5 July 2018 13:43 (four months ago) Permalink


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