02 March 2009

NME Shockwave Awards and Tribute Album

If you have not purchased this months issue of NME, you need to get to your local magazine shop and pick it up… immediately.

First off, here are this year’s winners at the NME Awards (videos from the NME Youtube Channel - check it out):

Godlike Genius: The Cure

Best British Band: Oasis

Best International Band: The Killers

Best Solo Artist: Pete Doherty

Best New Band: MGMT

Best Live Band: Muse

Best Album: Kings Of Leon “Only By The Night”

Outstanding Contribution To British Music: Elbow

Best Track: MGMT “Time To Pretend”

Best Video: Last Shadow Puppets “My Mistakes Were Made For You”

Best Live Event: Glastonbury 2008

Best TV: "The Mighty Boosh"

Phillip Hall Radar Award: The Big Pink

Best Dancefloor Filler: Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome – "Dance Wiv Me"

Best DVD: Arctic Monkeys – "Live At The Apollo"

Best Band Blog: Oasis' Noel Gallagher

Best Venue: London Astoria

Best Album Artwork Muse "HAARP"

Hero Of The Year: Barack Obama

Villain Of The Year: George W Bush

Best Dressed: Alexa Chung

Worst Dressed: Amy Winehouse

Worst Album: The Jonas Brothers – "A Little Bit Longer"

Worst Band: the Jonas Brothers

Sexiest Male: Muse's Matt Bellamy

Sexiest Female: Paramore's Hayley Williams

Best Website: YouTube

Here are the set lists played by White Lies, Crystal Castles, Franz Ferdinand, and the Cure at this years NME Big Gig held on 26 February 2009, at London’s O2 Arena.

White Lies: Fairwell to the Fairground, To Lose My Life, A Place to Hide, Unfinished Business, Fifty on our Foreheads, The Price of Love, and Death.

Crystal Castles: Atlantis, Baptism, Courtship Dating, Crimewave, Alice Practise, and Yes No

Franz Ferdinand: The Dark of the Matinee, No You Girls, Do You Want To, Michael, Turn It On, Walk Away, Bite Hard, Take Me Out, Ulysses, What She Came For, Outsiders, and This Fire

The Cure: Underneath the Stars, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, The Perfect Boy, The End of the World, Sleep When I’m Dead, A Forest, Three Imaginary Boys, Shake Dog Shake, Maybe Someday, The Only One, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Primary, Want, The Hungary Ghost, Disintegration, One Hundred Years, and It’s Over. Encore: Boys Don’t Cry, Jumping Someone Else’s Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, and Killing an Arab.

Last bit of information – the new NME issue has a free copy of “Pictures of You – A Tribute to the Cure.”

Not all of the covers are brand spanking new (for instance, Dinosaur Jr.’s “Just Like Heaven”), but this compliation might go down as the best tribute to the Cure. The Editors are amazing at “Lullaby” and Alkaline Trio does “Cut Here,” a tribute to Billy MacKenzie of the Associates. This was the most unlikely song to be covered, and perhaps the biggest surprise to be put on the album. But there are more surprises, like Metronomy “rapping” to “Fascination Street” and Mystery Jets and Esser’s cover of “In Between Days.” Get the magazine now; this tribute album is worth the investment!

Track Listing:
1. Robert Smith of the Cure gives an introduction about covering music.
2. Mystery Jets and Esser: In Between Days
3. Lostprophets: Boys Don’t Cry
4. Marmaduke Dude: Friday I’m in Love
5. Dinosaur Jr.: Just Like Heaven
6. The Big Pink: Love Song
7. Editors: Lullaby
8. British Sea Power: A Forest
9. The Dandy Warhols: Primary
10. The Get Up Kids: Close to Me
11. The Futureheads: The Lovecats
12. Art Brut: Catch
13. Metronomy: Fascination Street
14. Alkaline Trio: Cut Here
15. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly: In Between Days