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Placebo is a alternatieverock-/glamrockband from the United Kingdom, consisting of the American-Scottish singer-guitarist Brian MolkoStefan Olsdal the Swedish bassist and the American drummer Steve Forrest.

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Biography[Edit]Edit

Creation and Placebo[Edit]Edit

Placebo was established in 1994 in London, but has its roots in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where singer/guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist/bassist Stefan Olsdal at an international boarding school. The two had not as much with each other.

At the age of 17 left Molko to London. He went on to study at the Goldsmiths Academystage. During the same period he comes Olsdal again. Together with their common friend Robert Schulzberg they decide to start a band, which they call Ashtray Heart . Later, the band was renamed to Placebo and in 1997, drummer Steve Hewitt Schulzberg replaced by.

In 1995, the first single, Bruise Pristine, out, under the independent label Fierce Panda Records. As a result, the band gets many offers from other labels, and in February 1996 on the label Come Home fromDeceptive Records. In 1996 the Group at Hut Recordings, and end up some demos with David Bowie, who is so impressed by the material he attracts as the trio for his own performances. That year, Steve returned to the Group and the album debut of Placebo, which is also called Placebo . The group is slowly more famous, partly due to the androgynous attitude of Molko. Also about his sexual orientation is plenty of speculation.

Without You I'm Nothing and Black Market Music[Edit]Edit

In 1997 the band the first major success with the single Nancy Boy who comes in fourth place in the UK charts, and a hit is in the alternative music scene of the European mainland.

The second album, Without You I'm Nothing, comes out in 1998, and is preceded by the singles Pure Morning (at number 4 in England) and You Don't Care About Us (at number 5 in England). The album gets good reviews, mainly due to the personal, cynical lyrics of Brian. The band plays in the glamrockfilm a modest film Velvet Goldmine .

In 2000, Black Market Music comes from, which is also well received and the singles Special Kblack-eyed and Slave To The Wage are modest hits.

Sleeping With Ghosts and Meds[Edit]Edit

In 2003 appears sleeping With Ghosts. On this album seems to do it easy to Placebo and form the numbers a coherent whole. Nevertheless, the music typical of Placebo. The singles released from the album, This PictureSpecial NeedsThe Bitter End and a remix of English Summer Rain. The album also appears in edition' a ' limited-edition with a bonus cd which covers that Placebo has included over the years have been gathered. Placebo plays this inter alia by The SmithsPixies and Sinéad O'Connor. In 2004 there was also a compilation album and dvd entitled Once more with feeling with the singles from 1996 and two new songs: I Do and Twenty Years.

Their fifth album Meds appeared in March 2006 and was generally well received. The band themselves regarded this as their best album and claims in addition also that they return to their roots with this album, namely solid rock, as their first two albums. Though there are also a few quiet songs on, such as "Pierrot The Clown" and "Follow The Cops Back Home". Among fans made this album for some turmoil, as the motto of the record, ' The Death Of Nancy Boy ' was, which meant that Placebo in this album their riotous, androgynous image of trying to shake off, while Placebo actually especially known for that. It ensured in part for their growing popularity in the 1990s. The group released four singles from the album. "Because I Want You" was released simultaneously with "Song To Say Goodbye", respectively, in Great Britain and in the rest of the world. The third single was "Infra-Red". ' Meds ' was the last single, a song in collaboration with VV of The Kills, also a good friend of Brian Molko.

Battle for the Sun and Loud Like Love[Edit]Edit

In October 2007 it was announced that drummer Steve Hewitt left Placebo went after eleven years playing drums. The reason for this is that the band and Hewitt drifted apart. Placebo announced in August 2008 to to have found a new drummer, the American Steve Forrest. Forrest comes from the Californian punk band Alexander remaining in the Act for Placebo. It was also in that same month known that Placebo was recording a new album.

On Sunday 31 May 2009 on the mainstage of Placebo performed on Pinkpop in landgraaf and was also the band to show up on Rock WerchterPukkelpop and the Sziget-festival.

It was the band's sixth album Battle for the Sun. According to Molko, this is the first album that tells a story in its entirety. A positive story, about the choice to embrace life. The album was released on June 8, 2009.The group released four singles: "For What it's Worth ', ' The Never Ending Why ', ' Ashtray Heart ' and ' Bright Lights '.

In 2013, the seventh Studio album by the band, Loud Like Love. This album was preceded by the single ' Too Many Friends ".

Occupation[Edit]Edit

Former band members

Discography[Edit]Edit

Albums[Edit]Edit

DVDs[Edit]Edit

UMD[Edit]Edit

Singles[Edit]Edit

  • Bruise Pristine (UK limited edition 2-track 7 "/1995)
  • Come Home (cd, 7 "/1996)
  • 36 degrees (cd, 7 "/1996)
  • Teenage Anxiety (cd, 2 x 7 "/1996)
  • Nancy Boy (cd, 7 "/1997)
  • Nancy Boy (Japan Only 7-track mini album/1997)
  • Bruise Pristine (2xcd, 7 ", MC/1997)
  • Pure Morning (2xcd, MC/1998)
  • You Don't Care About Us (2xcd, MC/1998)
  • Every you every me (2xcd, MC/1999)
  • Without You I'm Nothing (cd/1999)
  • Burger Queen Français (cd/1999)
  • Taste In Men (2xcd, 12 ", MC/2000)
  • Slave To The Wage (2xcd, 12 ", MC/2000)
  • Special K (cd, 12 "/2001) cf.: Special K/Ketamine
  • Special K (Australia Only 5-track cd single/2001)
  • Black Eyed (cd/2001)
  • The Bitter End (2xcd, 7 "/2003)
  • This Picture (cd, dvd, 7 "/2003)
  • This Picture (Australia Only 5-track cd single/2003)
  • Special Needs (cd, dvd, 7 "/2003)
  • English Summer Rain (2xcd, 7 "/2004)
  • Protège-moi (France Only cd, dvd/2004)
  • Twenty Years (2xcd, 7 "/2004)
  • Because I Want You (cd, 7 "/2006)
  • Song To Say Goodbye (cd, 7 "/2006)
  • Infra-red (cd/2006)
  • Meds / Space Monkey (remix) (cd/2006)
  • For What it's Worth (cd, 7 ", digital download/2009)
  • The Never-ending Why (cd, digital download, 2009)
  • Ashtray Heart (cd, digital download, 2009)
  • Bright Lights (cd, digital download/2010)
  • Too Many Friends (cd, digital download/2013)

Promos and demos[Edit]Edit

  • Aystrea Hearts (promo 1995)
  • Demo tape part one (MC/1995)
  • Demo tape part two (MC/1995)
  • Collector (1997)

Charts[Edit]Edit

Albums[Edit]Edit

Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Without you I'm nothing 09-10-1998 31-10-1998 51 11
Black market music 06-10-2000 21-10-2000 28 5
Sleeping with ghosts 24-03-2003 29-03-2003 19 15
Once more with feeling-Singles 1996-2004 24-10-2004 30-10-2004 66 3 Compilation album
Meds 10-03-2006 18-03-2006 10 10
Battle for the Sun 2009 13-06-2009 5 19
Loud Like Love 09-2013 14-09-2013 7 8
Album (s) with chart positions in

the Flemish Ultratop 50

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Without you I'm nothing 1998 24-10-1998 26 3
Black market music 2000 21-10-2000 10 6
Sleeping with ghosts 2003 29-03-2003 4 28
Once more with feeling-Singles 1996-2004 2004 30-10-2004 5 27 Compilation album
Meds 2006 18-03-2006 1 (2 wk) 37
Battle for the Sun 05-06-2009 13-06-2009 1 (1wk) 33 * Gold

Singles[Edit]Edit

Single (s) with chart positions

in the Flemish Ultratop 50

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Burger queen Français 2000 15-01-2000 tip13 -
The bitter end 2003 22-03-2003 tip15 -
Special needs 2003 18-10-2003 tip18 -
Song to say goodbye 24-02-2006 15-04-2006 49 1
Meds 06-10-2006 30-12-2006 tip12 -
For what it's worth 20-04-2009 13-06-2009 23 7
Ashtray heart 03-09-2009 12-09-2009 tip15 -
The never-ending why 2009 12-12-2009 tip13 -
B3 2012 20-10-2012 tip74 -
Too many friends 2013 20-07-2013 46 1 *

DVDs[Edit]Edit

DVDs with the Dutch Music charts in the Top 30 Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest 

position

Number Of 

weeks

Comments
We come in pieces 2011 05-11-2011 8 2

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