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This week’s NME (16 December 2008)

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"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.

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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.

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6Lethal Bizzle

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." Pic: Tom Oxley

7Yo Majesty!

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. Pic: Tom Oxley

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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.

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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.

10British Sea Power

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."

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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.

12Kings of Leon

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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.

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14The Mighty Boosh

The Mighty Boosh
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. Pic: Andy Whitton
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