Placebo - Placebo
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Release date: 16 July 1996
All the appearance of a cure, all the reality of a disease
In medicine, for a placebo to work, the patient has to have absolute faith in the sugar pill they’ve been given. In this case, with a prayer on their glossed lips and nail varnished fingers crossed behind their back it’s entirely possible for the mentally or physically infirm to experience all the benefits of a great band. And it’s true that in parts ‘Battle For The Sun’, Placebo’s...
- Jun 3, 2009
Tracklisting click track to read more
- Come Home
- Teenage Angst
- 36 Degrees
- Hang on to Your IQ
- Nancy Boy
- I Know
- Bruise Pristine
- Lady of the Flowers
Follicly-challenged sex dwarf and cohorts return bigger and stronger
- Apr 2, 2003
...you set yourself up as an irritant, you have to take the flak when people find you irritating...
- Mar 21, 2003
More high-pitched whining from the self-styled dumbest man in rock.
- Mar 8, 2001
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Brian Molko's band play a career-spanning set on the Main Stage
Singer Brian Molko recovers from Asian virus
Band were playing at the Summer Sonic festival
Placebo - Placebo: Wikipedia Album Entry
Placebo is the self-titled debut album by the alternative rock band Placebo, released on the Virgin Records label on 16 July 1996. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted it the 87th greatest album of all time. Virgin placed the album 154th best album of all times on their 1000 greatest albums list.
The album combines a heavy punk pop sound (Come Home, 36 Degrees) with a softer, more lyrical sound ("I Know", "Lady of the Flowers"). It contains influences from such bands as PJ Harvey and Sonic Youth.
Placebo was remastered and reissued on 18 September 2006 for its tenth anniversary.
The album set the tone for Placebo's trademark angst-ridden style. This is the only album recorded with drummer Robert Schultzberg before his departure from the group. He also plays didgeridoo on "I Know". In recent years, only a few songs from the album were still being played live. Since 2006, "Come Home" and "I Know" were often included in live setlists. "Bionic" was regularly present on set lists until 2005. "Nancy Boy" is occasionally played as an encore.
Placebo is considered to be one of the most influential records of 1990s alternative rock scene, being often compared with Radiohead's The Bends. The uniqueness of Schultzberg's drumming arguably differentiates this album from all subsequent Placebo records, leaving some fans disappointed.
It was recorded in the unusual tuning of F-A#-D#-G#-C-C (now referred to as standard Placebo tuning). "Swallow" was recorded in G#-G#-G#-g#-b-d# (Stefan Olsdal tuning) and features Molko on bass and Olsdal on guitar.
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