History Music / Placebo

6th Jan '16 10:21:41 PM anniemg
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* ''MTV Unplugged'' (2015)


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** Obviously, for ''MTV Unplugged''.
24th Oct '15 10:09:22 AM wyattte
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->''"Soulmate, dry your eyes''
->'''cause soulmates never die."''



Their style began as a glam-influenced alternative rock style full of raw guitar riffs, but, starting with 2000s ''Black Market Music,'' they began to experiment more with synthesizers and new instruments. Much of their notoriety also stems from the androgynous appearance of Molko, alternative rock's reigning king of ViewerGenderConfusion. While the band never really hit the big time in the Western world, they've developed a huge cult following.

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Their style began as a glam-influenced alternative rock style full of raw guitar riffs, but, starting with 2000s ''Black Market Music,'' they began to experiment more with synthesizers and new instruments. Much of their notoriety also stems from the androgynous appearance of Molko, alternative rock's reigning king of ViewerGenderConfusion. While the band never really hit the big time in the Western world, they've developed a huge cult following.
following, [[LGBTFanbase particularly in the LGBTQ community]].



* BreakupSong: "Song To Say Goodbye" averts this trope. Brian wrote the song as a letter to himself, trying to get away from the destructive lifestyle he was leading at the time.
** For a straight example, "The Bitter End" is a really ''angry'' example.

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* BreakupSong: "Song To Say Goodbye" averts this trope. Brian wrote the song as a letter to himself, trying to get away from the destructive lifestyle he was leading at the time.
** For a straight example,
time. That said, "The Bitter End" is a straight, and really ''angry'' ''angry,'' example.


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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They generally don't go much harder than a 5, although there are exceptions ("Brick Shithouse" and "Evil Dildo" spring to mind).
27th Apr '15 3:08:54 PM wyattte
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+''Music/DavidBowie, Music/TheSmashingPumpkins, Music/NineInchNails, Music/TRex, Music/JanisJoplin, Music/BillieHoliday, Music/PattiSmith, Music/DepecheMode, Music/JoyDivision''

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* {{B Side}}s: A smorgasbord. Double-disc compilation ''B-Sides: 19962006'' had to omit all the remixes just to get the better part of them.



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Meds.''

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Meds.''''Black Market Music'' attempted this. ''Meds'' was '''definitely''' this.



* EpicRocking: The HiddenTrack on ''Without You I'm Nothing,'' "Evil Dildo," is an eight-minute nightmare of a song.



* RearrangeTheSong: Here's a fun one for Placebo completists. The band have a particular love of this trope, usually in the form of slowing down a song for maximum moodiness. Slower versions of "Every You Every Me," "36 Degrees," "Teenage Angst," "I'll Be Yours," "Plasticine" and "Breathe Underwater" are out there, usually as {{B Side}}s, and ''Live At Angkor Wat'' is a live album almost wholly devoted to this trope, slowing down songs like "Because I Want You," "Meds" and more.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: ''Meds'', written while Brian and Stefan were trying to get clean.
* RearrangeTheSong: Here's a fun one for Placebo completists. The band have a particular love of this trope, usually in the form of slowing down a song for maximum moodiness. Slower versions of "Every You Every Me," "36 Degrees," "Teenage Angst," "I'll Be Yours," "Plasticine" "Plasticine," "Meds" and "Breathe Underwater" are out there, usually as {{B Side}}s, and ''Live At Angkor Wat'' is a live album almost wholly devoted to this trope, slowing down songs like "Because I Want You," "Meds" "Drag" and more.
31st Mar '15 1:53:25 PM wyattte
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15th Feb '15 3:58:42 PM wyattte
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After the tour for ''Meds'' proved to be dysfunctional for the band, Molko and Olsdal cut ties with Steve Hewitt and replaced him with Steve Forrest. Forrest played with Brian and Stefan during the ''Battle For The Sun'' and ''Loud Like Love'' tours. With the recent departure of Forrest, ColourOfFire alumni Matt Lunn has taken over drum duties for 2015.

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After the tour for ''Meds'' proved to be dysfunctional for the band, Molko and Olsdal cut ties with fired Steve Hewitt and replaced him with Steve Forrest. Forrest played with Brian and Stefan during the ''Battle For The Sun'' and ''Loud Like Love'' tours. With the recent departure of Forrest, ColourOfFire alumni Matt Lunn has taken over drum duties for 2015.




Live Albums:

* ''Live at La Cigale'' (2006)
* ''iTunes Live: London Festival '09'' (2009)
* ''Live At Angkor Wat'' (2011) ([=iTunes=] only release)



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Meds.''



* LimitedLyricsSong: "Bionic" from the self-titled debut, "English Summer Rain" from ''Sleeping With Ghosts.''



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: ''"WE! ARE! LOUD! LIKE! LOVE!"''
** The entire chorus of "Pure Morning," essentially.
* RearrangeTheSong: Here's a fun one for Placebo completists. The band have a particular love of this trope, usually in the form of slowing down a song for maximum moodiness. Slower versions of "Every You Every Me," "36 Degrees," "Teenage Angst," "I'll Be Yours," "Plasticine" and "Breathe Underwater" are out there, usually as {{B Side}}s, and ''Live At Angkor Wat'' is a live album almost wholly devoted to this trope, slowing down songs like "Because I Want You," "Meds" and more.
** On the other side of the coin, "Sleeping With Ghosts" was originally a power ballad, but it was revised as a more upbeat rock number and retitled "Soulmates."
** "English Summer Rain" and "Every You Every Me" were slightly remixed for their respective single releases.



* UnpluggedVersion: They've done quite a few stripped down renditions of their songs, such as "Teenage Angst" and "Every You Every Me."

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* TitleOnlyChorus: "Come Home," "You Don't Care About Us."
* UnpluggedVersion: They've As mentioned in RearrangeTheSong, they've done quite a few stripped down renditions of their songs, such so as a result there's unplugged versions of "Teenage Angst" and "Every You Every Me."
15th Feb '15 12:04:36 PM wyattte
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Placebo are an AlternativeRock band formed in London in 1994, currently made up of Scottish-American Brian Molko on guitar/vocals and Swedish Stefan Olsdal on bass. With the recent departure of drummer Steve Forrest (the third drummer to leave the group), ColourOfFire alumni Matt Lunn has taken over drum duties for 2015. Molko remarked on one occasion that the name of the band was, as opposed to its English meaning, a Latin word for "I will please."

Brian and Stefan originally had Robert Schultzberg (an old school friend of Stefan's) behind the kit, but after recording the self-titled debut with him, the disagreements soon became so intense that (after some false starts) they soon cut ties with him and settled on Steven Hewitt. With him, they recorded perhaps their most famous album, ''Without You I'm Nothing''. The album contained their breakthrough single in America, "Pure Morning."

Their style began as a glam-influenced alternative rock style full of raw guitar riffs, but as time went on, they began to experiment more with synthesizers and new instruments. To this day, however, they still gain much of their notoriety from the androgynous appearance of Molko. Steve Forrest replaced Hewitt after the tour for ''Meds'' completed.

Placebo have recorded six full length albums:

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Placebo are an AlternativeRock band formed in London in 1994, currently made up of Scottish-American Brian Molko on guitar/vocals and Swedish Stefan Olsdal on bass. With the recent departure of drummer Steve Forrest (the third drummer to leave the group), ColourOfFire alumni Matt Lunn has taken over drum duties for 2015. Molko remarked on one occasion that the name of the band was, as opposed to its English meaning, a Latin word for "I will please."

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Brian and Stefan originally attended the same high school but didn't meet formally until 1994, when they met in a tube station in London. Noticing Stefan had a guitar strapped to his back, Brian invited him to come see his own local gig. Stefan loved his performance so much that they wound up collaborating on the band Ashtray Heart, which quickly became Placebo. Originally, they had Robert Schultzberg (an old school friend of Stefan's) behind the kit, but after recording the self-titled debut with him, the disagreements soon became so intense that (after some false starts) they soon cut ties with him and settled on Steven Hewitt. With him, they recorded perhaps their most famous album, ''Without You I'm Nothing''. The album contained their breakthrough only top 20 single in America, "Pure Morning."

Their style began as a glam-influenced alternative rock style full of raw guitar riffs, but as time went on, but, starting with 2000s ''Black Market Music,'' they began to experiment more with synthesizers and new instruments. To this day, however, they still gain much Much of their notoriety also stems from the androgynous appearance of Molko. Steve Forrest replaced Hewitt after Molko, alternative rock's reigning king of ViewerGenderConfusion. While the band never really hit the big time in the Western world, they've developed a huge cult following.

After
the tour for ''Meds'' completed.

Placebo have recorded six full length albums:
proved to be dysfunctional for the band, Molko and Olsdal cut ties with Steve Hewitt and replaced him with Steve Forrest. Forrest played with Brian and Stefan during the ''Battle For The Sun'' and ''Loud Like Love'' tours. With the recent departure of Forrest, ColourOfFire alumni Matt Lunn has taken over drum duties for 2015.

Studio discography:



* ''[=B3 EP=]'' (2012)



...and one compilation of their greatest hits:

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...and one compilation of their greatest hits:
Compilations:

* ''Covers'' (2003)



* ''[[BSide B-Sides: 19962006]]'' (2009)



* ConceptAlbum: ''Sleeping with Ghosts'' is about relationships of many kinds.

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* ConceptAlbum: ''Sleeping with Ghosts'' is about relationships of many kinds.
** ''Meds'' gets a little darker with its theme of alcoholism and drug addiction.



* DudeLooksLikeALady: What most early interviews and media snippets seem to have focused on.
** Often leads to ViewerGenderConfusion on music videos and forums as well.

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* DudeLooksLikeALady: What most early interviews and media snippets seem to have focused on.
**
on. Often leads to ViewerGenderConfusion on music videos and forums as well.



* HiddenTrack: For the first few albums the band made a habit of these, ranging from a pleasant, almost easy listening ballad (the debut) to a heavily overdubbed & distorted rocker (''Without You I'm Nothing'').

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* HiddenTrack: For the first few albums the band made a habit of these, ranging from a pleasant, almost easy listening ballad (the ("HK Farewell" from the debut) to a heavily overdubbed & distorted rocker (''Without ("Evil Dildo" from ''Without You I'm Nothing'').Nothing'').
* LoveHurts: Averages a few of these songs an album. Placebo aren't exactly the most uplifting band in the world.


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* TextlessAlbumCover: ''Sleeping With Ghosts.''
3rd Feb '15 7:26:03 PM ArtFever
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Placebo are an AlternativeRock band formed in London in 1994, currently made up of Scottish-American Brian Molko on guitar/vocals and Swedish Stefan Olsdal on bass. With the recent departure of drummer Steve Forrest (the third drummer to leave the group), frequent collaborator Matt Lunn has taken over drum duties for 2015. Molko remarked on one occasion that the name of the band was, as opposed to its English meaning, a Latin word for "I will please."

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Placebo are an AlternativeRock band formed in London in 1994, currently made up of Scottish-American Brian Molko on guitar/vocals and Swedish Stefan Olsdal on bass. With the recent departure of drummer Steve Forrest (the third drummer to leave the group), frequent collaborator ColourOfFire alumni Matt Lunn has taken over drum duties for 2015. Molko remarked on one occasion that the name of the band was, as opposed to its English meaning, a Latin word for "I will please."
3rd Feb '15 7:24:57 PM ArtFever
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Placebo are an AlternativeRock band formed in London in 1994, currently made up of Brian Molko on guitar/vocals, Stefan Olsdal on bass and Steve Forrest (replacing the recently departed Steven Hewitt) on drums. Molko remarked on one occasion that the name of the band was, as opposed to its English meaning, a Latin word for "I will please."

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Placebo are an AlternativeRock band formed in London in 1994, currently made up of Scottish-American Brian Molko on guitar/vocals, guitar/vocals and Swedish Stefan Olsdal on bass and bass. With the recent departure of drummer Steve Forrest (replacing (the third drummer to leave the recently departed Steven Hewitt) on drums.group), frequent collaborator Matt Lunn has taken over drum duties for 2015. Molko remarked on one occasion that the name of the band was, as opposed to its English meaning, a Latin word for "I will please."
5th Jan '15 11:28:14 AM spirasen
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Placebo are an AlternativeRock band formed in London in 1994, currently made up of Brian Molko on guitar/vocals, Stefan Olsdal on bass and Steve Forrest (replacing the recently departed Steven Hewitt) on drums. Molko remarked on one occasion that the name of the band was, as opposed to its English meaning, a Latin word for "I will please."

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Placebo are an AlternativeRock band formed in London in 1994, currently made up of Brian Molko on guitar/vocals, Stefan Olsdal on bass and Steve Forrest (replacing the recently departed Steven Hewitt) on drums. Molko remarked on one occasion that the name of the band was, as opposed to its English meaning, a Latin word for "I will please."
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...and one compilation of their greatest hits:

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...and one compilation of their greatest hits:
hits:



* {{Bishonen}}: Brian Molko

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* {{Bishonen}}: Brian MolkoMolko.



* DudeLooksLikeALady: What most early interviews and media snippets seem to have focused on.

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* DudeLooksLikeALady: What most early interviews and media snippets seem to have focused on.



* GratuitousFrench: Brian has re-recorded vocals for a few songs entirely in French, such as "Protect Me From What I Want" - or rather, "Protège Moi."

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* GratuitousFrench: Brian has re-recorded vocals for a few songs entirely in French, such as "Protect Me From What I Want" - -- or rather, "Protège Moi."



* LyricalDissonance: "Commercial for Levi" has a rather upbeat melody and naive percussion in the background while the singer is pleading for the life of a self-destructive friend. (Yet again confirmed by Word of God that it was basically singing to a mirror.)

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* LyricalDissonance: "Commercial for Levi" has a rather upbeat melody and naive naïve percussion in the background while the singer is pleading for the life of a self-destructive friend. (Yet again confirmed by Word of God that it was basically singing to a mirror.)



* PerishingAltRockVoice: Moreso in earlier songs.

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* PerishingAltRockVoice: Moreso in earlier songs.



* UnpluggedVersion: They've done quite a few stripped down renditions of their songs, such as "Teenage Angst" and "Every You Every Me."

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* UnpluggedVersion: They've done quite a few stripped down renditions of their songs, such as "Teenage Angst" and "Every You Every Me." "
26th Aug '14 7:15:32 AM wyattte
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* BreakupSong: ''Meds'' has a particularly cold one in "Song To Say Goodbye."
** Actually, "Song To Say Goodbye" is not a BreakupSong, even though it sounds at first. Brian wrote the song as a letter to himself, trying to get away from the destructive lifestyle he was leading at the time.
** "The Bitter End" counts as a really angry example.

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* BreakupSong: ''Meds'' has a particularly cold one in "Song To Say Goodbye."
** Actually,
"Song To Say Goodbye" is not a BreakupSong, even though it sounds at first.averts this trope. Brian wrote the song as a letter to himself, trying to get away from the destructive lifestyle he was leading at the time.
** For a straight example, "The Bitter End" counts as is a really angry ''angry'' example.



* TheOtherDarrin: Or in this case [[PlanetOfSteves The Other Steve]]. Steve Hewitt who was the band's drummer for years was suddenly replaced by Steve Forrest.
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