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Placebo is a three-piece alternative rock band, formed in London, United Kingdom, when former Luxembourg schoolmates Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal - who never actually spoke to each other at the time - met by accident at South Kensington train station in 1994. During their ‘accidental’ meet, Molko invited Olsdal to one of his gigs, where Olsdal was impressed by Molko’s unique vocals. While briefly known as Ashtray Heart, the band soon settled on the name Placebo, after the drug that has no active ingredient but works because the patient believes it does.

Soon after forming, the band could not decide on a permanent drummer, with Steve Hewitt (drums) and Robert Schultzberg both alternating on the spot. While Hewitt was the preferred choice, he was bound by other musical commitments as drummer for London-based band Breed, leading to Schultzberg being the drummer when the band signed its contract with Caroline Records. As time went on, Molko and Schultzberg began to drift apart as friends, which eventually led to Molko and Olsdal persuading Hewitt to rejoin the band shortly after their debut album was released.

The singles “Nancy Boy”, from Placebo (1996), and “Pure Morning”, from Without You I’m Nothing (1998), are still to this day the peak of their British success, with both tracks charting in the top ten. Since Without You I’m Nothing, the band have fallen out of fashion, particularly with the British music press, who regularly mocked the personality and pretensions of its lead member, Brian Molko. However, the band retained a huge popular and critical following in continental Europe.

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  • hellionhound

    Петушки, но хорошо играют же, блин. [3]

    Yesterday 4:33pm Reply
  • SerkanAydemir

    Son albüm de her zaman ki gibi...

    Yesterday 3:55pm Reply
  • lacrymosarust

    Post Blue ♥

    Yesterday 7:19am Reply
  • Devatsu

    Que show perfeito! <3

    Yesterday 1:02am Reply
  • BrnMrvk

    Ontem no Brasil ♥♥♥ <3

    Yesterday 8:57pm Reply
  • DrikaR

    Ontem foi demais!!! <3

    Yesterday 7:22pm Reply
  • vanityofwax

    O que foi aquilo ontem? ♥

    Yesterday 6:53pm Reply
  • Unde_Scream

    Петушки, но хорошо играют же, блин. [2]

    15 Apr 2:17pm Reply
  • handcuter

    "Loud Like Love" as album ist not bad as I thought. My favorite are still SWG, Meds and Black Market Music.

    15 Apr 1:49pm Reply
  • China_Lake

    На уровне Азиса или даже выше.

    14 Apr 5:47pm Reply
  • Kavary

    Петушки, но хорошо играют же, блин.

    14 Apr 4:36pm Reply
  • mermure

    Hoje <3

    14 Apr 3:34pm Reply
  • thirrasgo

    4 anos de saudades matadas hoje ♥

    14 Apr 3:02pm Reply
  • mebelek

    nice

    13 Apr 2:57pm Reply
  • greschoe

    <3

    6 Apr 8:54pm Reply
  • peepingtom72

    the soundtrack to my life. a little bit depressed borderline bipolar, forever biting on your nuts , a little bit different and out of the 'gang' but i guess thats what makes me 'different'

    5 Apr 8:57pm Reply
  • placebo_molko

    Once more with feeling + B-sides 1996-2006 is a fucking great deal for someone new to placebo. Throw in "covers" as well.

    5 Apr 6:27pm Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    There is still a bunch of great albums, pretty much everythiing since the self-titled to Meds, they just didn't know when to call it quits. I still hope they'll release something good in the future, though.

    4 Apr 7:10pm Reply
  • placebo_molko

    Well.. a million flies can be wrong about liking shit.

    3 Apr 2:42pm Reply
  • eblink

    It's just over my head that Every You Every Me and Too Many Friends are from the same band, and that people like the latter more. Fucked up.

    2 Apr 7:08pm Reply
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