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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."

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:

* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Placebo (1996)]]''
* ''Without You I'm Nothing'' (1998)
* ''Black Market Music'' (2000)
* ''Sleeping With Ghosts'' (2003)
* ''Meds'' (2006)
* ''Battle For The Sun'' (2009)
* ''Loud Like Love'' (2013)

...and one compilation of their greatest hits:

* ''Once More With Feeling'' (2004)
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!!Tropes used by this band include:
* AntiChristmasSong: "Allergic (To Thoughts Of Mother Earth)" is this, according to WordOfGod.
* {{Bishonen}}: Brian Molko
* BiTheWay: Brian. And the bassist is gay, while every drummer so far is straight.
* 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.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Sleeping with Ghosts'' is about relationships of many kinds.
* CoverVersion: Have covered two signature [[TheEighties eighties]] songs, KateBush's "Running Up That Hill" and Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good".
** They've released a whole album of covers, actually, including the aforementioned "Running Up That Hill".
* DudeLooksLikeALady: What most early interviews and media snippets seem to have focused on.
** Often leads to ViewerGenderConfusion on music videos and forums as well.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: You'd better believe Brian fits this.
* 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."
* {{Guyliner}}
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Once More With Feeling.''
* 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'').
* LoveIsADrug: "Special K". It can be interpreted as a song about the drug, or about falling head over heels for someone.
* 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.)
* 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.
* ObsessionSong: "Centrefolds" certainly fits.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Moreso in earlier songs.
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Every You, Every Me". Most people think the song is called "Every Me and Every You", because that's how the chorus seems to go. If you read the back of the CD case, it is quite clearly called "Every You, Every Me" and if you listen to the chorus ''more'' carefully, you'll hear the end of the chorus goes "every me and ''every you, every me.''"
** And a lot people think it's called "Sucker Love" after the first two words of each verse.
* {{Sampling}}: "Slave To The Wage" samples an old {{Pavement}} song, "Texas Never Whispers."
* SelfTitledAlbum: The debut.
* TickTockTune: Done on "Without You I'm Nothing".
* 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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