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Video of the Moment #1571: Placebo

By on Saturday, 12th July 2014 at 10:00 am

Placebo‘s current single ‘A Million Little Pieces’ now has a promo video. Set in the year 3046 “long after a technological Armageddon where humans have reverted to a tribal society”, the visual from the song from latest album ‘Loud Like Love’ comes across as a kooky look ahead into what might be in our future. Does the song itself, with its sombre piano notes and Brian Molko’s usual moody yet always nasal lyrics, predict a terrible future for us? Watch the video below.



Single Review: Placebo – Too Many Friends

By on Thursday, 22nd August 2013 at 12:00 pm

“My computer thinks I’m gay / I threw that piece of junk away / on the Champs-Élysées.”

This is as odd as it sounds, but what have you come to expect from Placebo songs and videos? That brand of gender ambiguous rock that Placebo have made their trademark continues in the video to ‘Too Many Friends’, their first single from the upcoming album ‘Loud Like Love’. It begins like some kind of futuristic thriller, on the kind of Minority Report / Fifth Element crossover, but in place of a Tom Cruise or a Bruce Willis we are drawn in by the alluring tone of narrator Brett Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho. Mr. Ellis draws us into a 3-second clip of a vicious assault that centres on gummy bears, a phone app and some inconspicuous groping.

It’s all in classic Placebo form. Trippy as balls, yet spellbindingly catchy. Perhaps not in the conventional sense that songs like ‘Nancy Boy’, ‘Infrared’ and ‘Pure Morning’ were, but catchy nonetheless.

The video goes on to both visually and psychoanalysing the various characters we’ve been introduced to by the nefarious Mr. Ellis. The song builds up from Brian Molko’s sultry alt-rock tones into a booming, blasting track glaring with alt-rock pomp, driven by the drums and bass of Stefan Olsdal and Steve Forrest and supplemented by the gaggle of strings that the boys seem to have come upon.

In honesty, as weird as this all sounds, it’s characteristic of Placebo.

What they come out with next is anyone’s guess, but I’d be damned if they don’t whack out the leathers and the S&M gear for video number 2 from ‘Loud Like Love’.

Watch this space…


Placebo’s seventh album ‘Loud Like Love’ is out on the 16th of September on Electric Lady Ltd.



Video of the Moment #1017: Placebo

By on Saturday, 27th October 2012 at 10:00 am

Despite mention of passion flower and the Catherine Wheel in the chorus, the new Placebo single is called ‘B3’. It’s the title track of ‘B3EP’, their new EP released last week. A physical release follows on the 12th of November.



Video of the Moment #111: Placebo

By on Wednesday, 26th August 2009 at 10:00 am


Placebo – The Never-Ending Why

I’ll be honest, Placebo’s new album, Battle for the Sun, is growing on me. At first I hated it, but now it’s really starting to be quite good – Yes, it’s no “Black Market Music“, but it is growing on me. This is the video for their second single from Battle for The Sun, and is out on 14th September, from all the usual places. The trio also play Reading and Leeds this weekend.


Album Review: Placebo – Battle for the Sun

By on Tuesday, 16th June 2009 at 12:00 pm

Placebo - Battle for the Sun (cover)I loved Placebo. They were the first gig I ever went to (Wembley Arena in November 2004), and, like many of my age, they soundtracked my teenage years. I loved Black Market Music (Special K? Black Eyed? Passive Aggressive? Amazing), I loved Sleeping With Ghosts (English Summer Rain? This Picture? The Bitter End? Special Needs? Great!). I even endured Meds multiple times (Song to Say Goodbye and Space Monkey are okay). However, their latest album, Battle for the Sun, is a bit of a mixed bag of songs.

On the plus side: it’s a return to their anthemic alt-rock, with much of the same lyrics about sex, drugs and low self-esteem that did them so well for their first three albums.

However, it just sounds like a jaded dad reminiscing about old times gone. It’s like they’re writing about the drugs and sex, but not getting any. Like they’re talking about battling self esteem problems, but are really quite happy. It’s all just a bit, well, lacking that youthful exuberance that did them so well before. Granted, full credit to them – they’re not sitting back and counting their money, or doing that “experimental album” that so many bands do, but it’s just lacking a little something that I can’t put my finger on.

I don’t dislike the album. I think the songs are better quality than those of Meds – the songs are stories, they’re anthemic at times. It’s just a bit too over-produced and pristine for my liking – a clinical sense of melancholy.

5.5 out of 10.

Placebo‘s new album, Battle for the Sun is out now. Order it from Amazon here. Read other reviews at MetaCritic. Want a video about how they made the album, and watch them rehearse a bit? Watch below.



Placebo / December 2009 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 27th May 2009 at 3:49 pm

Following the success of their recent warm-up shows, Placebo have announced a UK and Irish arena tour in December to cap off another amazing year for the London trio.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 29th May at 9am. Tickets are priced at £25 for all dates, and £26.50 in London, €40 in Dublin.

Tuesday 8th December – Birmingham LG Arena
Wednesday 9th December – London The O2 Arena
Friday 11th December – Bridlington Spa
Saturday 12th December – Manchester Central
Monday 14th December – Glasgow SECC
Tuesday 15th December – Dublin Olympia Theatre


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