Feeling Christmassy yet? Here’s a round-up of festive photo shoots that have appeared in NME’s traditional yuletide double issue. Starting with a few from this year. Here’s booze enthusiasts Palma Violets getting stuck into a liquid lunch.
It’s that nice Frank Turner, who tells us: “It’s been a big year for me, and it’s wrapping up amazingly with the Pogues show we’re doing at the O2 Arena in London. The Pogues’ Christmas shows are a national institution – they’re more important to me than Last Night Of The Proms.”
Aw, bless, it’s Two Door Cinema Club in chunky Christmas jumpers. That sled’s going nowhere, though.
Bombay Bicycle Club’s ideal Christmas? “Cosy, well-decorated, homely and with a good, well-stocked bar.” We’ll drink to that.
Lucy Rose unveils her latest collaborator. We predict big things.
Here’s a great one from 2011, taken by Roger Sargent, of Kasabian doodling a Christmas greeting on the wall.
Alice Cooper, captured here by Mathieu Zazzo, takes on the role of NME‘s Bad Santa for the 2011 Christmas issue.
Ever wondered what Cerebral Ballzy have for Chrimbo dinner? No? Well, Dan Kendall caught them mid-meal during this 2011 photoshoot anyway.
After wrapping up Noel Fielding in a big red bow, Dean Chalkley took some photos of the funnyman during his 2011 NME cover shoot with pals Kasabian.
Here are The Strokes, shot for our 2005 Christmas issue by Pieter M Van Hattem.
Paramore pose for our photographer Ed Miles in 2009. A scarf made of tinsel, Hayley? You won’t feel the benefit.
Inflatable sax, simulated childbirth, and a pair of pants on your head? That’s how to celebrate Christmas the Gossip way. From the 2006 issue, by Sam Jones.
Ding dong – it’s Wayne Coyne as Bad Santa in 2006, by Andy Fallon.
A Christmas gift for you – it’s CSS’ Lovefoxx, shot by Andy Willsher in 2009.
The Libertines dress up as Dickensian types for the NME cover back in 2003. By Ellis Parrinder
A cover of their song ‘Many Of Horror’ will be Christmas Number One this year – so it’s apt that we quizzed Biffy Clyro about their Christmas plans in the new issue. By Andy Willsher
Kaiser Chiefs yank each other’s crackers back in 2007. Danny North captured the magic.
Simon Cowell, aka the Grinch who stole Christmas, photographed for the NME cover in 2009, by Dean Chalkley.
Aww, it’s Little Boots holding a snowflake. Shot for the 2009 Christmas issue by Tom Oxley.
Four not-so-wise men (and a gorilla) – it’s The Mighty Boosh, hamming it up in 2008. By Andy Whitton
Another one from the 2010 issue: The Drums, by David Edwards. Love the chunky knitwear, lads.
The Cribs, shot in 2009 by Tom Oxley. What do you mean, it’s not very Christmassy? There are fairy lights – what more do you want?
Fuck yule – it’s Cee Lo Green. Tom Oxley, 2010.
Who could forget this classic? Arctic Monkeys dressed up as Christmas elves for the cover of the 2007 issue. We still can’t quite believe they agreed to do it. By Dean Chalkley
Ice ice baby – it’s The Maccabees’ Orlando Weeks, shot in 2009 by Tom Oxley.
We four kings – the Followills pose as cherubic carol singers back in 2008. By Tom Oxley
Black balloons – is that festive? OK, maybe not, but this Killers shoot was for the 2006 Christmas issue, so we’re including it. By Dean Chalkley
Let it snow – Razorlight in 2004, by Dean Chalkley.
Glasvegas’ James Allan poses for the 2008 Christmas issue. That same year Glasvegas released a Christmas album, featuring the brilliant ‘A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)’. By Andy Willsher
And finally, here’s Coldplay getting festive in 2002, by Dean Chalkley.