History Music / Placebo

21st Feb '17 11:17:28 PM gewunomox
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* {{Sampling}}: "Slave To The Wage" samples an old {{Pavement}} song, "Texas Never Whispers."

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* {{Sampling}}: "Slave To The Wage" samples an old {{Pavement}} Music/{{Pavement}} song, "Texas Never Whispers."
1st Feb '17 4:22:20 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* FanService: "Fanservice" may not be a strong enough term for it, but the music video for "Protège Moi" (see below) featurs a woman walking through (and [[GirlOnGirlIsHot participating in]]) a full-blown [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy bisexual orgy]], with completely explicit and uncensored nudity and sexual acts.

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* FanService: "Fanservice" may not be a strong enough term for it, but the music video for "Protège Moi" (see below) featurs features a woman walking through (and [[GirlOnGirlIsHot participating in]]) a full-blown [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy bisexual orgy]], with completely explicit and uncensored nudity and sexual acts.
1st Feb '17 4:21:51 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* FanService: "Fanservice" may not be a strong enough term for it, but the music video for "Protège Moi" (see below) featurs a woman walking through (and [[GirlOnGirlIsHot participating in]]) a full-blown [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy bisexual orgy]], with completely explicit and uncensored nudity and sexual acts.
10th Jan '17 5:07:22 PM Exxolon
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->''"Soulmate, dry your eyes''
->'''cause soulmates never die."''

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->''"Soulmate, dry your eyes''
->'''cause soulmates never die."''

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[[caption-width-right:350:Left - Stefan Olsdal. Right - Brian Molko.]]
->''"A friend in needs a friend indeed,\\
A friend with weed is better,\\
A friend with breasts
and being pretty.]]all the rest,\\
A friend who's dressed in leather."''
-->"Pure Morning"
2nd Dec '16 12:12:25 PM igordebraga
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* LongRunnerLineUp: The band remained stable for 13 years, marking the tenure of drummer Steve Hewitt (which would have been longer had Hewitt been able to leave the band he was once Brian formed Placebo).



* MeaningfulName: Subverted. You could read all kinds of stuff into "I will please", but Brian stated that they were primarily looking for a name that would be good to shout for fans at concerts.

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* MeaningfulName: Subverted. You could read While all kinds of stuff into "I have been read about [[AltumVidetur the Latin meaning]] ("I will please", but Brian stated that they were primarily looking for please"), [[https://web.archive.org/web/20081202070634/http://yourhereblog.mtv.com/2007/08/18/girls-gone-punk-placebo-the-sex-and-the-drugs-and-the-complications/ it's mostly a name parody of]] [[OdeToIntoxication drug-named bands]] that would be good to shout for fans at concerts.


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** MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: In contrast to the music, the lyrics are hardly below a 4 in that scale, often dealing with sadness, anger and drugs.


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* RockTrio: They were one until Steve Forrest left (even if there are always extra touring members), making Brian and Stefan decide they would be the only official members from then on.


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* SpecialGuest: Music/DavidBowie duets with Brian in the single version of "Without You I'm Nothing".
11th Oct '16 8:18:41 PM wyattte
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* ClusterFBomb: The chorus to b-side "Slackerbitch."



* InTheStyleOf: The band tried their hand at RapRock, which of course was booming around the time ''Black Market Music'' came out. "Spice & Malice" features rap verses from musical journeyman Justin Warfield.[[note]]Some of you may know him now as a member of Music/SheWantsRevenge.[[/note]]



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They generally don't go much harder than a 5, although there are exceptions ("Brick Shithouse" and "Evil Dildo" spring to mind).

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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).mind, reaching an 8).
* NoiseRock: The sound of "Taste In Men" was inspired by Music/NineInchNails' ''Broken'' EP; Brian wanted a song to approach that level of harshness.


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* PrecisionFStrike: Only one F word on ''Without You I'm Nothing,'' from "My Sweet Prince," and Brian leans right into it: "Never thought you'd '''fuck''' with my brain." Not that Brian's above some colorful language sometimes; there's another song on the record called "Brick Shithouse."
25th May '16 9:14:01 PM HypnoticMeerkat
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* CoverVersion: Have covered two signature [[TheEighties eighties]] songs, KateBush's "Running Up That Hill" and Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good".

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* CoverVersion: Have covered two signature [[TheEighties eighties]] songs, KateBush's Music/KateBush's "Running Up That Hill" and Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good".
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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+''Music/DavidBowie, Music/TheSmashingPumpkins, Music/NineInchNails, Music/TRex, Music/JanisJoplin, Music/BillieHoliday, Music/PattiSmith, Music/DepecheMode, Music/JoyDivision''Music/JoyDivision, Music/SonicYouth, Music/{{REM}}, Music/ThePixies''



* {{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.
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