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no there hasn't
Without You I'm Nothing by Placebo
He's gone full cat_race
straight into muy euyes
(But not of 'shit')
Kind of a same they never followed up the more interesting side of that album and spent the rest of their career doing the same song over and over
This album has my favoritest ever hidden track.
And yes, I know it's very unfashionable to say so. No, Brian Molko isn't a great vocalist or great lyricist, and it's these two flaws which are undoubtedly the weakest points of Placebo's material. On a musical level though? Love it. While guitar bands in 1996 were either going the '60s retro-rock way, or trying to be The Kinks or XTC or Berlin-era Bowie, Placebo made an album that would have comfortably slotted in with yer Bloc Party's and Interpol's several years later, if it wasn't for the 'oh my, I'm such a tortured and depraved sex kitten' lyrics. Placebo's influences were definitely early '80s territory, which yer Britpoppers wouldn't have touched with a bargepole.
Also, on the first Placebo album, they had Robert Schultzberg, who was the best drummer they ever had, IMO.
It's a shame what happened to this band... they ran out of ideas and stopped trying, I guess. You can only coast on an 'OMG, I'm such a depraved sex kitten' schtick for so long. It just got tired... and now what's Molko writing about? Throwing his computer away on the Champs-Elysees, because it thinks he's gay.
the moment I turned off was on the 4th record when he sang ''corporate american wakes, starbuck coffee and cake''.
Not that that improves the situation particularly.
oh my god that lyric
To me they sounded like they would have fitted in with a lot of alt rock from 2-3 yrs earlier
and they all ended up in the bargain bins. Clearly they deserved their success as people really took to them at a time when their sound was unfashionable and they weren't hyped.
this album is probably responsible for me having a center parting that I then maintained for the best part of a decade, it has a lot to answer for
We shoud not be listening or talking about Placebo.
Nobody is allowed to listen to any music that hasn't been released in the last 18 days, because Joseph_SP says so.
Placebo. Maybe we can pull out the Gay Dad album, too.
I think that anyone, no matter their feelings towards Placebo, could easily name a handful of their songs and be able to remember how those songs go. They had a lot of big hits, especially from their first three albums. Most people probably wouldn't be able to remember a Gay Dad song title, they basically coasted on a wave of hype generated by their name for a few months and disappeared just as quick.
'teenage angst' still a really good song, really like their guitar sound, lady of the flowers, swallow and hong kong farewell are the sounds they should have explored more. Think if they had split after this album it would be regarded as a bit of a classic.
hope this isnt a joke thread and ive lost a shed-load of indie points
Molko always used to tune his guitar up a half-step and drop the high string down to C... basically (from low-to-high): F Bb Eb Ab C C... and I always used to like his use of playing behind the neck to create those piercing bell-like sounds.
Yeah I remember downloading a txt file of tab back in the day, it is one of the few albums I learnt all the way through, remember using harmonics was especially satisfying. There was a lightness to their guitar sound that they seemed to lose from rerecording nancy boy onwards.
I think a great example is on 'Bionic', during the guitar break where Olsdal is doing his best Peter Hook impression and Molko plays that high guitar part. I also don't think Hewitt was as good a drummer as Schultzberg either. Hewitt hit harder, but Schultzberg had a much lighter feel and gave the music a bit more movement.
It is pretty darn good man.
SUCH A GREAT ALBUM
I know you know that I know this though
Is far far better.
More complex, varied and daring than the first. The self titled album is great but I never thought the high points (Come Home, Bionic, hang on to your ID,Lady of the flowers) came anywhere close to the likes of Ask For Answers, Allergic to thoughts of Mother Earth or Every me, every you.
I think we can all agree that Black Market Musical was an absolute mistake in design I'm execution.
is that their guitar sound reminds me of this album so much.
but it doesn't bother me because Placebo weren't even great in their not-shit years.
Not that they have anything to do with it. It's just general history in my book that somewhere in the late-90s, talked-about music suddenly started to suck.
*more towards the late-late 90s because we still had Radiohead, the Verve, Blur, Pulp and Manic Street Preachers. Oh, and Placebo.
who wouldn't get within 100 miles of a record deal were it not for the existing fanbase. That doesn't mean they shouldn't have a deal, just that if they arrived now, sounding as they do now then no-one would go near them. This isn't a significant insight is it?
Any band that gets a semi goth fan base is set for life, goths are a loyal bunch completely unaffected by passing trends
it was lovely that they sold out (citation needed) the O2 arena a while back, it's great that their fans still feel the need to rabidly support them like that. They do have their demographic sorted and even if I'm not a part of that anymore I still like to see it do well.
Still don't get the accusations of ripping off early Sonic Youth though.
Think the slower paced stuff on their debut kind of has that clean chimey SY sound, plus they tune one string different, sonic youth invented that
I now have a bunch of placebo, vex red, my vitriol et al back on my mp3 player.