NME 19th January 2002
In March 2018, the publishers of New Musical Express print edition announced they would publish their final weekly copy before the music paper would only be digital.
I had bought NME occasionally from the early 1970s (yes, I am that old but music keeps one young) and stopped for a few decades until my oldest son began to play guitar in the 1990s. I began to play guitar again (as a teenager, I had wanted to be Cat Stevens or Neil Young and played briefly in a band) after not playing from the 1980s.
I started reading music magazines and papers again and, around 2000. after meeting a guy who was in a band frequently later at his gigs and at local open mic sessions who became lead-singer in Starsailor. My son developed his playing and an A&R man at a Beth Orton gig gave him a recording session at the Island Records studio.
During this period, I followed music closely and tended to read articles about those bands and singer-songwriters I enjoyed in occasional NME issue although choosing to subscribe to substantial music magazines for a while.
I stored a few NME issues in a box in the attic from that period - not buying further issues after 2005 preferring rather to subscribe to MOJO and Q. This year I moved all my files and boxes and came across a few NME and one issue jumped out at me today. On the cover, announcing NME Carling were to host a Warchild charity gig in February 2002 at the London Astoria Theatre to feature Travis, Starsailor, DRA and Remy Zero... For those like me with a short attention-span, the article discussed the art of writing and then playing songs composed by the three songwriters. Ryan’s main quote in the article interview was, ‘I don’t mean to be a dick but try having a name that’s one letter away from an 80s rock icon. It’s not funny... while James Walsh chose to announce ‘Phil Spector was aware of his song, Lullaby. Fran Healy of Travis declared ‘a good gig was uncontrived, like how you feel after a marathon sex session.’ Beth Orton was on the same label as Starsailor at the time (EMI/Heavenly) #nme
#travis #franhealy #starsailor #jameswalshmusic #ryanadams