21 years ago, an unassuming alt-rock trio brought their teenage angst to the forefront of rock music with a blistering debut record, which took flight in 1997 with the release of fifth single Nancy Boy, catapulting the outsiders to the top 5 in the UK singles charts, a similar feat achieved with their eponymous debut.
But if, like me, you also picked up both copies of each of Placebo’s singles, you were exposed to an even richer extension to that debut with incredible tunes such as covers of Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe and The Smiths’ Bigmouth Strikes Again alongside original tracks Slackerbitch, Miss Moneypenny and beat-rich tune Hug Bubble.
The trio of androgynous frontman Brian Molko, Swedish bassist Stefan Olsdal and rotating drummers epitomised 1990s goth-rock, embodying a natural extension to 1970s glam-rock, and were quickly noticed both by the general public and those in the industry, such as mentor and collaborator David Bowie, who contributed vocals to 1999 single and sophomore album title track Without You I’m Nothing.
Over the following two decades, the group’s music has both stayed true to their foundations but equally has evolved as Molko et al. have, with each subsequent record, explored multiple musical canvasses. From 2000’s Black Market Music and hit single Taste In Men and 2003’s The Bitter End to 2012’s B3 EP and their cover of Kate Bush’s Running Up The Hill, a long time feature of their live shows.
But as they’ve grown, they have notoriously shied away from their early hits and from nostalgia, something the group have recently tackled head-on, looking back at their now 20+ year career with a retrospective album release last year entitled A Place For Us To Dream, alongside an accompanying 20 Years Of Placebo tour with also included a headline set closing Friday on the BBC Music Stage at this year’s Latitude Festival.
And to ensure fans that this is simply a look back rather than a conclusion, the trio have released new single Life’s What You Make It for which you can catch the video here:
Placebo continue their 20 Years tour this October kicking off at Edinburgh’s User Hall and closing the run with two massive shows at London’s Brixton Academy.
October 2017 UK Tour Dates:
Sat 7th, Edinburgh Usher Hall
Sun 8th Dundee Caird Hall
Tue 10th Doncaster Dome
Wed 11th Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Fri 13th Reading Rivermead
Sat 14th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Mon 16th Portsmouth Guildhall
Tue 17th Swindon Oasis
Fri 20th Plymouth Pavilions
Sat 21st Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mon 23rd London O2 Brixton Academy
Tues 24th London O2 Brixton Academy
Find tickets here: http://aplaceforustodream.com/