"When I believed in Santa I used to shit myself, I was so scared." So says The Cribs' Ryan Jarman, who looks back on unhappy Christmases past with his brothers Gary and Ross in the new bumper issue of NME, on sale from Wednesday December 17.
What do our celebrity judges Katy Perry, Tom Jones, Heather Mills and Bob The Builder think of the past year's biggest anthems? Find out in the new, 100-page, split-cover festive edition of NME, on sale now.
Libertines Pete and Carl dressed up as Dickensian street urchins for a past issue of NME. We've resurrected this image, plus three other festive pics (The Killers, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys), to give away as free posters in the new issue, on sale Wednesday December 17.
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This week's NME comes with a choice of two Yule-tastic covers. This one features The Mighty Boosh's warped nativity scene. You can watch behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot - in which Howard Moon attempts to control an errant goat - at NME.COM/VIDEO.
There are two NME covers to collect this week. One features The Mighty Boosh, the other stars Kings Of Leon, who look back on their most successful year to date in the new 100-page Christmas special edition of the mag, on sale now.
This year's 100-page NME Christmas special includes an 'Icons Of 2008' feature, starring Lethal Bizzle posing as his hero-of-the-year Barack Obama. "It's a big deal," says the grime MC, "a black family in the White House - which was built by slaves."
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Who better to get our Christmas festivities rolling than Yo Majesty? In the new issue of NME the potty-mouthed Florida hip-hop duo compose a special festive rap. 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman' it is not.
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From Jay-Z at Glasto to the Large Hadron Collider, 2008 has hardly been short of talking points. In the new issue of NME we gather round some top indie names - including Ladyhawke and White Lies' Jack Brown - to pick apart the key events of the last 12 months.
In addition to all the festive merriment, this week's NME also features all the usual live action, including a report from AC/DC's "utterly transcendent" live show in Los Angeles.
British Sea Power's Yan poses as Heath Ledger's The Joker as part of the 'Icons Of 2008' feature in the new issue of NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday December 17. Although the frontman confesses, "I would have preferred to be The Riddler."
How will Glasvegas be spending Christmas? Find out in the new bumper issue of NME, which comes with a choice of two separate covers (Kings Of Leon on one, The Mighty Boosh on the other), plus four free festive posters (starring The Killers, The Libertines and more), Boosh wrapping paper, a giant Christmas quiz and more.
Kings Of Leon star in the 100-page Christmas special issue of NME, on sale across the UK from Wednesday December 17. "There are only a few bands who can change popular culture - we're trying," says Jared Followill, as the band looks back at their most successful year to date.
Banish Christmas boredom with our massive 2008 quiz. Answer all 366 questions and you could win an Xbox. You'll find plenty more festive fun, including four free posters, free Mighty Boosh wrapping paper, and your indie Christmas TV guide, in the new 100-page edition of NME, on sale Wednesday December 17.
It's been an incredible year for The Mighty Boosh, but there's still one more celebration in their diaries. Join their weird and wonderful Yuletide party by picking up the new issue - and check out the behind-the-scenes video at NME.COM/VIDEO.
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