YMMV / Placebo

  • Anvilicious: The social media critique "Too Many Friends."
  • Awesome Music: The title track from Without You I'm Nothing, "Blind" from Meds and "Exit Wounds" from Loud Like Love hit soaring heights of power.
    • "Every You, Every Me," "The Bitter End," "The Never-Ending Why" and "Brick Shithouse," among others, show how hard Placebo can rock when they put their minds to it.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Brian Molko recently told a story about how they opened up for Weezer in the 1990s while touring America, and got a bunch of coins thrown at them for their trouble. So they just gathered up the coins, and bought a round of drinks with them!
  • Ear Worm: All the repeated lyrics of "English Summer Rain" make the song a shoo-in for this trope.
    • "Pure Morning" will never leave your head once your hear its repeated pulse beat and multiple repetitions of "A friend in need's a friend indeed".
    • "Every You Every Me"'s beat and simple chorus (even if it makes people write the title wrong) also makes it quite catchy.
  • Ending Fatigue: The end of "Ask For Answers" is over a minute and a half of a repeated guitar riff, one that was nowhere to be found in the rest of the song. One has to wonder why that riff is there, because it's not like the song would be very short without it.
  • Epic Riff: The riff from "Pure Morning" is one, loud, droning chord. The acoustic intro to "Every You, Every Me" too.
  • Face of the Band: Brian Molko, getting fans the world over to question their sexuality for two decades and running.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Placebo is surprisingly popular in Greece.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Are you really surprised?
  • Narm: "Too Many Friends" even made a few diehard fans chuckle at its particularly on-the-nose lyrics.
    • Narm Charm: The song still has a great melody and instrumentation and the lyrics make some good observations about the hollow vapidity of social media where a person can have hundreds of "friends" they're never even going to actually meet in their lifetime.
    • The rapper(!) on "Spite & Malice."
  • Older Than They Think: "Ashtray Heart" is more than just a Battle For The Sun track — it's actually the original name for the band.
  • Signature Song: "Pure Morning," "Every You, Every Me" or "Nancy Boy."
  • Tear Jerker: During the band's 2015 tour, they dedicated a performance of the song "Without You, I'm Nothing", which has a duet version with David Bowie, to the late Bowie himself. Look it up if you like - Brian belting out the sad last verse of a song with that title surrounded by video clips of one of the band's recently-departed influences is... well, a bit of an "ouch".
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Brian Molko. Pictures like this don't help.
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