The Cribs will be handed the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at this year’s NME Awards, and there’s nothing you or I can do to stop it. And why would you want to? I mean, their old mate Johnny Marr will be declared Godlike Genius on the same night, so that’s all very symmetrical, is it not?
Confirming this bit of news, NME editor Mike Williams told CMU: “The Cribs arrived on the scene in 2003 with a DIY, never-say-die attitude and they’ve not let up since, literally bleeding for the cause at some of the most chaotic and thrilling gigs of the past decade, and at the same time producing five amazing albums that encapsulate punk spirit and outsider indie like no one else. Needless to say we’re incredibly proud to salute their achievements by honouring them with this award. They truly are outstanding as well as inspiring, and we’re looking forward to staying with them every step of the way for another ten years”.
Meanwhile The Cribs themselves popped by CMU HQ and said in perfect unison (with Marr on backing guitar for old times sake): “It’s a tremendous honour, and something that you never really dream of when first starting out as three maladjusted weirdos from the middle of nowhere. It’s almost like a purple heart in some ways – recognition for your time in the trenches and varying degrees of suffering. Not sure there were too many acts of bravery, but if anything, we hope that people remember the fact that we always tried to negotiate this strange, and oftentimes sleazy industry with an ethic rooted in DIY – trying to forge your own path rather than riding the gravy train, so that makes this all the sweeter. Thanks a lot”.
The NME Awards take place on 27 Feb.