-->''If you can't get hold of a copy, why not just get some paper and cover it in your own preposterous lies.''
-->[[Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Simon Amstel]]
Originally known as the ''New Musical Express'', the NME is one of Britain's best known and most divisive music magazines. Launched in 1952 as a newspaper, the NME picked up many fans by being one of the earliest proponents of bands such as Music/TheBeatles and Music/TheRollingStones. While slow to follow musical trends, the paper acted as a vanguard for punk and later socialist movements under the Thatcher government, and released several influential mixtapes for then-underground acts such as Scritti-Politti.
Today, the paper focuses mostly on the indie and dance rock scenes. It has, however, become notorious for hyping nearly every band featured in its pages to near-messianic levels. Sometimes the bands that it hypes become stars (like Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs), other times they don't (anyone remember Shitdisco or Pull Tiger Tail?). It also has extremely close ties with youth television - most notably, ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' and ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks''. And its own spinoff music TV channel.
[[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing]] [[NamesTheSame to do]] with the BigBad of ''Series/KirbyRightBackAtYa''.
!! The magazine provides examples of:
* AwardShow: The NME Awards have been given out since 1953. Naturally, the categories focus on music though they have given a out a few awards for other mediums. They also give out some less than desirable awards like "Worst Band" "Worst Album" and "Villain of the Year".
* DoubleStandard - In 2008 the magazine nominated Music/AmyWinehouse for villain of the year, whilst at exactly the same ceremony nominating [[Music/TheLibertines Pete Doherty]] hero of the year.
* FunWithAcronyms: The fact that it spells the word "enemy" has been lampshaded often.
* PrintLongRunners: In publication since March 1952. Since 1996 it also has an online version.
* TheRival: Magazine/MelodyMaker, a fellow British based music magazine had been a rival with NME for decades. While NME was directed to towards a teen audience, Melody Maker tended to aim for slightly older readers. Melody Maker would end up merging into NME in 2000.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness - The NME's review style often uses the same colourful, psuedo-Dickensian style that Creator/RussellBrand would later be famous for.
* ShoutOut - The NME is often mentioned in songs (almost always as a TakeThat), from The Music/SexPistols' "Anarchy in the UK" from ''Music/NeverMindTheBollocksHeresTheSexPistols'' to Scroobius Pip's "Thou Shalt Always Kill".