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In the 1980s, the NME released a series of “paid for” cassettes that provided a musical education that has rarely been matched.

This blog showcases those cassettes and provides links to as many of the tracks as I could find!

A labour of love that may take some time …..

If you spot any broken links, please tell me!


  1. July 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Great site. I own most of these cassettes. The NME did an amazing thing in the 1980s with these collections, compiling amazing hard-to-find tracks (Mark Murphy’s version of Honeysuckle Rose? Earl Bostic’s Flamingo long before that trend to old lounge), lost indie classics (Kas Product Pussy X, weird anyone?) and forgotten covers like Eurythmics Satellite of Love. But nothing was quite as brilliant as their C&W comps, the brilliant Neon West and the spectacular The Tape With No Name. Having said all that there is one cassette which I’ve compiled to CD about six times and still has legs: Low Lights and Trick Mirrors.

    Thanks for doing this. Hopefully someone who never listens to R&B or Reggae or Jazz or Blues will discover classics they’ll never hear on radio (satellite or other). And thanks to the diehards at NMW back in the day.

  2. June 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Hi, I’m a writer for Pitchfork, and I’m working on a piece about the ’80s NME cassettes. I was wondering if I could get your permission to use one of the scans of the cassette inlays that you’ve posted here. If you could let me know as soon as you can via email at jasonmheller@gmail.com, it would be much appreciated! Of course, I’ll be linking to your blog in my article and pointing out that it’s a great place to learn more about the ’80s NME cassettes. Thanks in advance.

    • June 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Jason

      I’m a huge fan of Pitchfork so this is a real honour! I have simply scanned the images of my own copies of the cassette artwork so don’t own any underlying copyright, etc. More than happy for you to link to my images; this blog was pretty self indulgent and never intended for any sort of commercial gain! I know there are quite a few broken links that I will be trying to fix over the summer holidays!


    • October 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Any chance of a link to the article?

  3. Rich
    October 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Great! What a find! I have 019 & 035 … both bootlegged! Sadly tape player is not set up, so appreciate this. Thanks.

  4. Rich
    October 20, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    You asked for broken links – NME 019 – A1, A8, A9, B7
    Sadly some due to copyright infringement. I suppose only right as such musicians have little income, but I suspect the companies get most… For this kind of thing It’s a pity there isn’t free access, and it’s unlikely we’d be ale to post our own copies on Youtube or Myspace etc….

  5. Rich
    October 20, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Found one – 019 A1 – Here …

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