s谩bado, 4 de julio de 2020

Hang on to your IQ & Flesh Mechanic


Last Saturday I talked to you about two songs with similar lyrics and as I promised, today we continue with another couple of songs. Now dear Soulmates, we go back in time to the beginning of our beloved band to talk about the demos of 饾懐饾拏饾拸饾拡 饾拹饾拸 饾挄饾拹 饾挌饾拹饾挅饾挀 饾懓饾懜 (1994) and 饾懎饾拲饾拞饾挃饾拤 饾懘饾拞饾拕饾拤饾拏饾拸饾拪饾拕 (1995).


Let's start talking about the 饾懐饾拏饾拸饾拡 饾拹饾拸 饾挄饾拹 饾挌饾拹饾挅饾挀 饾懓饾懜 demo. In contrast to the beautiful acid lullaby - as 饾懇饾挀饾拪饾拏饾拸 once referred to it - which appears as the track No. 5 on his debut album 饾懛饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹 (1996), the 饾懐饾拏饾拸饾拡 饾拹饾拸 饾挄饾拹 饾挌饾拹饾挅饾挀 饾懓饾懜 demo sounds quite different. It has a rocky and intense melody interspersed with some acoustic guitar touches. The lyrics are no less intense and desperate. Since his first songs 饾懇饾挀饾拪饾拏饾拸's lyrics have had an amazing level. Nevertheless, only the line: "饾懐饾拏饾拸饾拡 饾拹饾拸 饾挄饾拹 饾挌饾拹饾挅饾挀 饾懓饾懜, 饾挄饾拹 饾挌饾拹饾挅饾挀 饾懓饾懌" is what remains of this demo in the version that was included in their first album. The demo was not released officially but we can find it available online. Enjoy listening this wonderful piece of 饾懛饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹's history!


馃挮 饾悋饾悮饾惂饾悹 饾悗饾惂 饾悡饾惃 饾悩饾惃饾惍饾惈 饾悎饾悙 (饾悆饾悶饾惁饾惃) 馃挮

馃幎 饾悑饾惒饾惈饾悽饾悳饾惉 馃幎

Tonight
Touch me when our passion's through
That's right
They're all dead I'd hate to miss you
Feeling so much older
Now my body's colder
Tonight
You crush me like I was a boulder

It takes two to piss in faces
Keeps alive but leaves no traces
Trigger shoots like violent chases
In this depth is my oasis

Hang on to your IQ
Hang on to your ID
Hang on to your IQ
And please hang on to me

Tonight
Don't speak my name
Tonight
Let's break the rules of this boring game
Some key morning
And I'll get used to slashing back and choking
Tonight
When you said you loved me you were joking

It takes two to piss in faces
Keeps alive but leaves no traces
Trigger shoots like violent chases
In this depth is my oasis

Hang on to your IQ
Hang on to your ID
Hang on to your IQ
And please hang on to me

Careful not to give your favors
To the lonely housewife neighbors
I had one who one sent me her heart
In a tupperware container
Don't you dare touch my stash
And give me cigarette ash
Nothing tastes as sweet as incest
In this empire of the senses
Singing songs not meant to be sung
Beating like my bleeding heart
Careless slipping of the tongue on
Just another private part
Rabid search for stoned affection
Fights the lust that breeds infection
Meet me at the intersection
Don't forget your fuel injection

•♫•♬• * •♫•♬• * •.¸ ♡ ¸.• * •♫•♬• * •♫•♬•


馃敼A year later, in 1995, the band recorded the 饾懎饾拲饾拞饾挃饾拤 饾懘饾拞饾拕饾拤饾拏饾拸饾拪饾拕 demo with 饾懝饾拹饾拑饾拞饾挀饾挄 饾懞饾拕饾拤饾挅饾拲饾挄饾挍饾拑饾拞饾挀饾拡 on drums. The song has a very particular structure and arrangements. It can be noticed that from the beginning the band had its own style and that unique sound that characterizes them and we love so much. As for the lyrics, they were left with the last verse of the 饾懐饾拏饾拸饾拡 饾拹饾拸 饾挄饾拹 饾挌饾拹饾挅饾挀 饾懓饾懜 demo, although with a few lines less and some different words. The 饾懎饾拲饾拞饾挃饾拤 饾懘饾拞饾拕饾拤饾拏饾拸饾拪饾拕 demo was officially released on the 饾懟饾拞饾拞饾拸饾拏饾拡饾拞 饾懆饾拸饾拡饾挃饾挄 single in 1996 and later on the 10饾挄饾拤 饾拏饾拸饾拸饾拪饾挆饾拞饾挀饾挃饾拏饾挀饾挌 饾應饾拹饾拲饾拲饾拞饾拕饾挄饾拹饾挀饾挃 饾懍饾拝饾拪饾挄饾拪饾拹饾拸 of 饾懛饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹's self-titled debut album in 2006. I know many fans of the band loves this song -I'm also one of them-, so let's listen this awesome jewel!


馃挮 饾悈饾惀饾悶饾惉饾悺 饾悓饾悶饾悳饾悺饾悮饾惂饾悽饾悳 (饾悆饾悶饾惁饾惃) 馃挮

馃幎 饾悑饾惒饾惈饾悽饾悳饾惉 馃幎

He tries to embrace her
she wants him to race her
he needs a laser to get it through her skull
means and lies and hatreds
tears that fall in sequence
cold caress
imprints
conversation growing dull

Says he's a poet
lousy protozoan
and he kisses ass for free
I took a vow of silence
when he tries to talk to me
I just turn on the tv

He tries to impress her, mentally undress her
it takes more to possess her
but in his pocket lies a hole
he's got a thousand talents
charisma by the bagful
aristocratic parents
a rebel with a heart of gold

Says he's a poet
this time he's gonna blow it
'cause he's dancing with his ego
I took a vow of silence
when he reads his work to me
I swallow words like a placebo

He's strutting with your flesh mechanic
gets him in a panic
he's wasting time
'cause everybody is a star in his eyes

Careful not to give your favours
to your lonesome f*cked-up neighbours
I had one who sent me her heart
in a tupperware container
all the movies in my head
they flicker with my bleeding heart
a careless slipping of the tongue
on just another private part

Blatant search for
stoned affection
fights the rust that
breeds infection
meet me at the
intersection
don't forget your
fuel injection

He's strutting with your flesh mechanic
gets him in a panic
he's wasting time
'cause everybody is a star
in his eyes

You think this love is bona fide
you're being taken for a ride
wrap your lip around your head
and slowly blow yourself away.

•♫•♬• * •♫•♬• * •.¸ ♡ ¸.• * •♫•♬• * •♫•♬•

馃敼饾槥饾槱饾槹 饾槬饾槹饾槮饾槾饾槸'饾樀 饾槯饾槮饾槮饾槶 饾樀饾槱饾槼饾槳饾槶饾槶饾槮饾槬 饾樃饾槱饾槮饾槸 饾槶饾槳饾槾饾樀饾槮饾槸 饾樀饾槹 饾槈饾槼饾槳饾槩饾槸 饾槾饾槳饾槸饾槰 "饾懓 饾挃饾挊饾拏饾拲饾拲饾拹饾挊 饾挊饾拹饾挀饾拝饾挃 饾拲饾拪饾拰饾拞 饾拏 饾拺饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹"?
See you the next week with another couple of songs from this series. 馃槈 Meanwhile, have a happy weekend with us here on the page. Stay safe & positive. Much love!! 馃挄 馃挏馃挄


✨⭐ 饾懇饾拹饾拸饾挅饾挃 ⭐✨



Photo Credits:
Pic 1: Band - shooting of a magazine, photographer unknown / Background - images from Pinterest / edit made by Rita
Pic 2: Mary Scanlon

Post by Rita

jueves, 2 de julio de 2020

STORY BEHIND A PICTURE: Loud Like Love photoshoot at Vasquez Rocks


Many of you surely remember some stunning images from Loud Like Love packaging revealed in 2013. It was Los Angeles photographer Joseph Llanes who worked on the pictures for Placebo seventh studio album.
An extremely beautiful location, Vasquez Rocks, was chosen for this photoshoot so, the result appeared to be breathtaking. 




On May 18, 2013, Joseph Llanes shared this photo on his IG account with the following message: “The band that started my music career. Best shoot of the year so far. Can't wait for the new album.”


PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION INFO
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a 377-hectare park located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains in northern Los Angeles County, California. It is widely known for distinctive rock formations repeatedly used as a filming location.
The prominent rock formation has been nicknamed "Kirk's Rock" due to being featured in several Star Trek episodes, each time representing a different planet. It was also featured in an episode of Star Trek: Picard, in a scene identified as taking place at that real location.
A small hint: do you remember that Stefan has once got a nickname ‘Volcano’ from his bandmates – just as the Star Trek character?
In 1935, Vasquez Rocks was used as a filming location to portray Tibet on the famous Hollywood horror movie Werewolf of London.
Feature films shot at Vasquez Rocks include Dante's Peak, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Rustlers' Rhapsody, The Flintstones, Blazing Saddles, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Free Enterprise, Paul, and Hail, Caesar!
Television shows include Zorro, The Fugitive, F Troop, The A-Team, MacGyver and G.L.O.W.
Commercials for Taco Bell, Bank of America, Pacific Bell, Pepsi, and Nike have been filmed at the rocks.

Musicians Radiohead, Michael Jackson, Greta Van Fleet, 311, Eddie Money, Sammy Kershaw, Restless Heart, Lee Tae-min, and BTS have made music videos there.
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is open from sunrise to sunset for outdoor activities. It is also a popular place for hosting so called Star Parties. Those are gatherings of amateur astronomers for the purpose of observing objects and events in the sky which sometimes last up to a week or longer and attract hundreds or even thousands of participants.





Joseph Llanes:
I believe that the person I’m photographing should be put at ease, so my goal is to earn their trust.”

I love cultivating relationships and recognizing the talents of others and putting them to good use. At the end of the day, my goal is for everyone to feel a part of something and to be proud of the images that were created.”
(Directory of Illustration) 



No doubt, both Placebo and photographer are proud of their collaboration outcomes.

Photo credits: @josephllanes
Post by Olga

mi茅rcoles, 1 de julio de 2020

Chinese Portrait of Brian Molko


I want to share a Chinese Portrait of Brian with you. In this kind of portrait you have to answer questions according to a special scheme (If I was a … I would be ...). . I think this portrait is really interesting to read because it reveals a lot about Brian's personality. 



馃敼 CHINESE PORTRAIT OF BRIAN MOLKO 馃敼

If I was a colour I would be: black
If I was a city I would be: Paris
If I was a film I would be: Blue Velvet
If I was a book I would be: Lunar Park
If I was a drug I would be: coke
If I was a famous woman I would be: Agn猫s B.
If I was an animal I would be: a monkey
If I was a word I would be: shit
If I was a painting I would be: a Francis Bacon
(Elegy, “Brut”, 2006)


Photo credit unknown
Post by Silke

domingo, 28 de junio de 2020

STEFAN OLSDAL'S LOVE LETTER TO LGBTQ COMMUNITY


I want to share a “love letter to the LGBTQ community” written by Stefan. It was published in billboard.com on June 30th 2018 to celebrate Christopher Street Day (or Gay Pride) which is annual held on on June 28th.




STEFAN'S LETTER

Isolation was a big part of my adolescence. I was head over heels in love with my roommate at school, but I felt terrified to tell him or any of my friends for fear of not only rejection but also bigotry and aggression. The forbidden love I felt became burdened with secrets, lies and shame, and the pure love I felt was poisoned.

I have since recovered from my broken heart, and along the way I have found I have not been alone with my experiences. From my dad cracking homophobic jokes, to a bed and breakfast hotel refusing me and my boyfriend a room because we were two men, or having been at risk of jail when I first started having sex in the UK, the stories of homophobia are unfortunately endless.

But from feeling that being different is a weakness, a curse, and a disease, the LGBTQ community has empowered me to feel the exact opposite. I am perfect as I am and there is NOTHING wrong with the way that I am, or feel. What was my Achilles heel is now my armor. For this I owe it my life!
As long as human rights aren't given to everyone, there is work left to be done. I wear this glove which I designed with British Glover of the Year Gizelle Renee (proceeds on each pair of gloves sold will be evenly allocated between the Peter Tatchell Foundation and LGBT Foundation), with pride. We all deserve equal respect and the right to love without persecution no matter what. Whether it's through a hand held up high, a clenched fist or a loving touch, this glove serves the message that still needs to be heard!
Love and PRIDE,
Stefan Olsdal

Photo credit: Gizelle Renee

Post by Silke

s谩bado, 27 de junio de 2020

Placebo lyrics: Peeping Tom vs. Kitsch Object


♫✨ 饾檼饾櫄饾櫈饾櫆饾櫇饾櫓饾櫋饾櫄饾櫒饾櫒 - 饾樈饾櫀饾櫑饾櫄 - 饾檨饾櫀饾櫈饾櫓饾櫇饾櫋饾櫄饾櫒饾櫒 - 饾檸饾櫂饾櫀饾櫑饾櫄饾櫃 ✨♫


These four words are well known for being part of the lyrics of "饾懛饾拞饾拞饾拺饾拪饾拸饾拡 饾懟饾拹饾拵", the beautiful and melancholic ballad which closes the third 饾懛饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹 album, "饾懇饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拰 饾懘饾拏饾挀饾拰饾拞饾挄 饾懘饾挅饾挃饾拪饾拕"(2000); but curiously, they had already appeared before in the lyrics of another 饾懛饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹 song called "饾懖饾拪饾挄饾挃饾拕饾拤 饾懚饾拑饾拫饾拞饾拕饾挄".

"饾懖饾拪饾挄饾挃饾拕饾拤 饾懚饾拑饾拫饾拞饾拕饾挄" is an energic and rare song that 饾懛饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹 only played live seven times during 1997 and that they planned to include it on their brilliant second album "饾懢饾拪饾挄饾拤饾拹饾挅饾挄 饾拃饾拹饾挅 饾懓’饾拵 饾懙饾拹饾挄饾拤饾拪饾拸饾拡"(1998), however, they never recorded it officially. In the following quote they explain why:

饾悂饾惈饾悽饾悮饾惂: Because it's in the trash!

饾悞饾惌饾悶饾惎饾悶: This song works well on stage, but it becomes absolutely none when we try to record it. We never liked the end result, so in the end we left it. Maybe one day it will appear ...

饾悂饾惈饾悽饾悮饾惂: We tried fifteen times, but nothing came out. Also, I couldn't record the voice correctly, it was a miserable sound. Something didn't work with this song all the time: one thing, then another. I think this is just a "live track".
▪️饾櫩饾殨饾殜饾殞饾殠饾殝饾殬, 饾櫚饾殫饾殱饾殥饾殟饾殬饾殱饾殠, 1998

A few years later, the only thing that survived from "饾懖饾拪饾挄饾挃饾拕饾拤 饾懚饾拑饾拫饾拞饾拕饾挄" were these four words that were taken up again for the lyrics of "饾懛饾拞饾拞饾拺饾拪饾拸饾拡 饾懟饾拹饾拵", resulting in a totally different song and one of the most touching in the entire catalogue of the band.

馃帣️"Well yes, we are all a little voyeur. All these Big Brother broadcasts taking place in Europe today ... For some reason, people like to watch the lives of others, and I find it stupid. [general laughs] As for 'Peeping Tom', his goal, again, is to bring you into awareness of this Peeping Tom so that you can feel the emotions of this character and the fact that the only ray of light in his life is the ability to observe the object of your passion.
▪️饾櫛饾殯饾殥饾殜饾殫 饾櫦饾殬饾殨饾殧饾殬, 饾櫧饾殲饾殨饾殨饾殠 饾櫩饾殜饾殯饾殱 饾櫚饾殥饾殨饾殨饾殠饾殲饾殯饾殰, 2000



馃敼饾構饾槮饾槩饾槼 饾槡饾槹饾樁饾槶饾槷饾槩饾樀饾槮饾槾, 饾槮饾槸饾槴饾槹饾樅 饾樃饾槩饾樀饾槫饾槱饾槳饾槸饾槰 饾槜饾槶饾槩饾槫饾槮饾槪饾槹 饾槺饾槮饾槼饾槯饾槹饾槼饾槷饾槳饾槸饾槰 饾樀饾槱饾槮饾槾饾槮 饾樀饾樃饾槹 饾槾饾槹饾槸饾槰饾槾!

馃幍馃敼饾懖饾懓饾懟饾懞饾應饾懐 饾懚饾懇饾懕饾懍饾應饾懟馃敼馃幍

馃帴 饾懖饾拪饾挄饾挃饾拕饾拤 饾懚饾拑饾拫饾拞饾拕饾挄 - 饾懛饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹 饾懗饾拪饾挆饾拞 饾拏饾挄 饾懇饾挀饾拪饾挋饾挄饾拹饾拸 饾懆饾拕饾拏饾拝饾拞饾拵饾挌 1997

馃幎 饾悑饾惒饾惈饾悽饾悳饾惉 馃幎
Just like every lichen, how you stick to me
If your luck is dying, go and plant a tree
With artistic license, always comes for free
Just like every lichen, how you stick to me

Snook your way backstage
Paris sets the rage
coursing on your brain
so now I slip away

Just like every lichen, how you stick to me
If your luck is dying, go and plant a tree
With artistic license, always comes for free
Just like every lichen, how you stick to me

Weightless.. Bare.. Faithless... Scared

Know that b*tches face??
All seen better days
So quick to blow your fuse
But that's the life you choose

Just like every lichen, how you stick to me
If your luck is dying, go and plant a tree
With artistic license, always comes for free
Just like every lichen, how you stick to me

Weightless.. Bare.. Faithless... Scared

Snook yourself backstage
Paris sets the rage
coursing on your brain
so now I slip away

Just like every lichen, how you stick to me
If your luck is dying now, go and plant a tree
With poetic license, always comes for free
Just like every lichen, how you stick to me

Weightless.. Bare.. Faithless... Scared


*•♫•♬•♫•♬•*✭*•♫•♬•♫•♬•*✭*•♫•♬•♫•♬•*


馃幍馃敼饾懛饾懍饾懍饾懛饾懓饾懙饾懏 饾懟饾懚饾懘馃敼馃幍

馃帴 饾懛饾拞饾拞饾拺饾拪饾拸饾拡 饾懟饾拹饾拵 - 饾懛饾拲饾拏饾拕饾拞饾拑饾拹 饾懗饾拪饾挆饾拞 饾拏饾挄 饾懡饾拪饾拞饾拪饾拲饾拲饾拞饾挃 饾應饾拤饾拏饾挀饾挀饾挅饾拞饾挃 2001

馃幎 饾悑饾惒饾惈饾悽饾悳饾惉 馃幎
I'm careful not to fall
I have to climb your wall
'Cause you're the one
Who makes me feel
Much taller than you are
I'm just a peeping tom
On my own for far too long
Problems with the booze
Nothing left to lose

The face that fills the hole
That stole my broken soul
The one that makes me seem to feel
Much taller than you are
I'm just a peeping tom
On my own for far too long
Troubles with the gear
Nothing left to fear

With every bet I lost
And every trick I tossed
You're still the one who makes me feel
Much taller than you are
I'm just a peeping tom
On my own for far too long
Problems with the booze
Nothing left to lose

I'm weightless
I'm bare
I'm faithless
I'm scared


馃摲 Photo Credits:
Pic 1 - Carole Epinette / Screenshot Pure Morning video / Julian Broad / Kevin Cummins / Edit by Rita
Pic 2 - Mary Scanlon

Post by Rita

viernes, 26 de junio de 2020

Placebo songs inspired by books


Some of Placebo's songs are inspired by books as you may know. Today we'll have a closer look on three of these books and authors that Brian has revealed as source for his lyrics in interviews.

"I'VE STOLEN BOOK TITLES FOR MY SONGS"

Photo credits: Silver Rocket, Scarlet Page, unknown (3)


Firstly let's talk about “Lady of the flowers” from Placebo's self-titled 1996 debut album. The inspiration for this song came from the book “Notre dame des fleurs” (Our lady of the flowers) by French writer Jean Genet. It was his debut novel and first published in 1943. The book is largely autobiographical, it tells the story of draq queen Divine and was a quite scandalous release due to its content. Jean-Paul Sartre even called it "the epic of masturbation". Genet also performed a transvaluation of values in this novel, making betrayal the highest moral value and murder an act of virtue and sexual appeal. Death and ecstasy accompany the acts of every character. 
Jean Genet worked on the story while he was in prison. The first version of “Lady of the flowers” was written on brown paper that was given to the inmates with the intention that they would make bags of it. A prison guard discovered Genet's “unauthorized” use of the paper and confiscated the manuscript which then was burned. But this setback couldn't stop Genet and so he wrote it all over again and took the pages with him when he was finally set free from prison.

PLACEBO - LADY OF THE FLOWERS
https://bit.ly/2VietLd

Plot

Divine lives in an attic room which she shares with various lovers, the most important of them is a pimp called Darling Daintyfoot. One day Darling brings home a young hoodlum and murderer, dubbed Our Lady of the Flowers. Our Lady is eventually arrested and executed.

BRIAN ON “LADY OF THE FLOWERS”
"When I sing 'Lady of the flowers' people think I'm talking about a woman when actually it's about a transvestite."(P.A.T., 1996)


Placebo's 2003 success single “The bitter end” is inspired by the book “Ninteen Eighty-Four”, later often published as “1984”. It's a famous dystopian novel by English author George Orwell which perfectly fits in the time and society we're living in right now. The book was first published in 1949 as Orwell's ninth and final release. It was first planned to be published under the title “The last man in Europe”. Then “1984” crossed Orwell's mind, allegedly because it was an inversion of 1948, the year in which the novel was written.
“1984” had a great cultural impact and also an enormous effect on the English language.Among many others t
he concepts of  Big Brother, Room 101, Thoughtcrime, Doublethink and Newspeak have become common phrases.The practice of ending words with "-speak" (such as mediaspeak) is drawn from the novel. “Nineteen Eighty-Four”
 has been adapted for the cinema, radio, television and theatre as well as for other art media, such as ballet and opera.

PLACEBO - THE BITTER END
http://bit.ly/2YsP0yn 

Plot
The story takes place in an imagined future in the year 1984 when most parts of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and propaganda. Oceania, a totalitarian superstate where the protagonist Winston Smith lives in, is ruled by The Party who employ the Thought Police to persecute individuality and independent thinking. The leader of The Party is Big Brother (hence the saying “Big Brother is watching you”), who is maybe a real person but could also be a fiction invented by The Party. Winston secretly hates The Party and dreams of rebellion. He begins a forbidden relationship with Julia, but both of them get captured and imprisoned. Winston is tortured and forced to "cure" himself of his "insanity" (which means their relationship), the same happens to Julia. Finally he is taken to Room 101 which contains each prisoner's worst fear. Confronted with this Winston betrays Julia. He is now re-educated and being released. One day Winston meets Julia again and both reveal betraying the other and having no feelings for each other any more. The novel ends with Winston accepting his full conversion and reflecting that he loves Big Brother.

There are a lot of references to “1984“ in the lyrics of “The bitter end“. You can read everything about them here https://bit.ly/2Yvrd2W

BRIAN ON “THE BITTER END”
“Two people trying to come out of a relationship with the least scars. Very fuck you.“
(Rock Sound, April 2003)


Last but not least let's have a closer look on “A million little pieces” from the album “Loud like love”. This song was inspired by a same-titled book written by American author James Frey. It was
originally released as a memoir but had to be marketed as a semi-fictional novel later because of accusations of litarary forgery (it emerged that many of the events described in the book never really happened). "A million little pieces" tells the story of a alcoholic alcoholic and drug addict and how he copes with rehabilitation in a twelve steps-orientated treatment center.

A notable feature of the book is its lack of quotation marks to indicate direct quotes or dialogues. Instead of them a new line starts each time someone speaks. The fact that the author uses this same method to indicate his internal thoughts gives the book a unique but sometimes confusing writing style, which intention is maybe to reflect the nature of the main character's experience in the treatment center. 

There's also a movie based on the book. You can read more about it here https://bit.ly/2CFulkx


PLACEBO - A MILLION LITTLE PIECES
https://bit.ly/2Nq1G59

Plot

James is a 23 years old alcoholic and a crack addict who wakes up on a flight to Chicago with injuries and no idea of how he ended up on the plane. His parents pick him up at the airport to take him to a rehabilitation clinic. As he checks in he is forced to quit his substance abuse, a transition that later probably saves his life. The treatment is an agonizing process for him. The book follows James through this painful experiences that lead up to his eventual release from the center. He meets many interesting people in the clinic, with whom he forms relationships and who play an important role in his life both during and after his time in the clinic. These people include a mafia boss who plays a vital role in his recovery (subject of Frey's subsequent book My Friend Leonard), and a female drug addict with whom he falls in love despite strict rules forbidding contact between men and women at the clinic. James finally recovers and never relapses.

BRIAN ON “A MILLION LITTLE PIECES”
“This song is about desperation and hopelessness. I have stolen the title from from the memoirs of the American author James Frey. He describes his experience with addiction and the following rehabilitation. This song is about feeling totally lost and astray. They want to end the situation but it's not easy. I recommend everyone to read the book and play our music behind it.”
(Krone, 2013)


There are many other Placebo songs with references to books. Uncle Tom in “Blue American” for example refers to “Uncles Tom's Cabin” by American writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. This anti-slavery novel was published in 1852, but still has a relevance nowadays as the recent events and the protests all over the world clearly show.

Photo credits: Scarlet Page, Silver Rocket, unknown (3), covers of the books / edit by me

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Brian Molko and the Cat from Hell


As a true “cat person”, or “cat’s mom”, today I want to share with you this amazing photo of Brian handling an adorable white cat with a different-coloured eyes.
There are a lot of quotes by Brian about appreciating and treasuring any kind of uniqueness proved, in fact, by all his life and career. I think this special cat could be pretty nice symbolic illustration for that.
By the way, most of you probably know that David Bowie had seemingly different coloured eyes. Bowie's right eye was blue, while his left appeared dark or brown. This unusual appearance was the result of an injury, happened to David when he was 15, that caused anisocoria, a condition of a pupil being permanently dilated.
So, Bowie didn’t have true heterochromia when humans, or animals, have two different-coloured irises genetically, but in terms of uniqueness it doesn’t really matter. David Bowie admitted that he was actually happy about that injury that gave him gave him “a kind of mystique”.


Back to this exact picture, it’s taken from the photoshoot commissioned to British photographer Neil Cooper in 1998 for October issue of Select magazine. The whole article was written in a very specific manner though, and the white beauty was called “Cat From Hell": a fluffy white bag of pure evil, which has clamped its jaws around the thumbs of nearly everyone in the room at some point. It hates all humanity, it exists solely to bring pain”. Well, the journalists’ visions, as well as their hunting for some hot topics, get mostly lost in time but great pictures stay, living their own life, and may be interpreted in different ways - just like the songs sometimes…

PHOTOGRAPHER INFO
Being an owner of Jet Studios in London now, Neil Cooper has been taking original and inspiring photographs for over 20 years creating a lot of iconic images of the 90’s Brit Pop era.
As we can see his collaboration with Placebo who never belonged to the mainstream worked out perfectly as well.
In a field of fashion, beauty and advertising Cooper’s editorial credits include Q Magazine, Cosmopolitan, You Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Reveal, Now, Instyle, Marie Claire, Elle plus many international titles. Commercial credits include Jaguar, Louis Vuitton, Clarks, Terminal 5, and Formula 1.

“Photography is all about team work and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most talented Art Directors, Stylists and H/M artists in the business – for me photography’s not a job it’s a passion.
(Neil Cooper Photography official website)



BRIAN ON ACCEPTING YOUR UNIQUE SELF

Don’t let small minded people dictate how you should look like and be free”.
(Arte France, September 2001)

Everybody is trying to be so trendy. I think not being trendy should be the next trend.
(NY Rock "Interview with Placebo", January 1999)

"Imitation is the highest form of flattery," says Molko, "but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself.
(Hit Music "Outside The Line", April 1999)

Uniqueness, not homogenization, is what pushes culture and music forward”.
(The US Vault Online, 2001)

I like the fact that people either think I'm incredibly gorgeous or flippin ugly”.
(Melody Maker, January 2nd, 1999)

"...When people hear the word “beautiful”, they expect something to be pretty. And for me that's not always necessarily the case, y'know..."

I feel very comfortable with the way I look, and I feel very comfortable with the kind of confusion that it creates in people's minds”.

Photo credits: Neil Cooper
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lunes, 22 de junio de 2020

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH BRIAN MOLKO






YOU RECENTLY PLAYED WITH YOUR FRIEND MARYLIN MANSON. HOW WAS THAT?
“It was good to catch up and insult each other again. We drank a lot of absinthe together, the green stuff (Vincent) Van Gough used to drink. Its an extremely strong liqueur that sends you sideways.“

YOU'VE RE-RECORDED YOUR SONG “WITHOUT YOU I'M NOTHING“ WITH DAVID BOWIE. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
“David fell completely in love with the song when we played it together at the Brit awards. We were in New York at the same time, and he came in the studio to record it. It was quite surreal telling him, 'David I think you can sing it a little better'".“


YOU'RE FANS ARE VERY DEVOTED. WHAT'S THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU'VE RECEIVED?
“I get a lot of nail polish, lipstick and pornographic photos. People give me their antidepressants. I don't particularly need them right now. They probably need them more than i do. People send me notes begging me not to kill myself. I've no intention of going away.“

IS IT TRUE YOU'RE THE NEXT CALVIN KLEIN MODEL?
“Yes, along with Shirley Manson (garbage), Kim Gordon (sonic youth), and Melissa from hole. Were part of the new Calvin Klein line campaign. Being in a successful band opens up so many new doors, from modeling to movies to musical collaborations. Once you get to a level where that happens its great.“





WHAT WAS THE LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT?
“'The soft bulletin' by the flaming lips. I recommend everyone buys it.“

WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?
“At a festival. Its good to know music still moves me to tears. During a particularly pumping set by faithless i felt the old waterworks coming on.“

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ABBA SONG?
“Dancing Queen, the ultimate perfect pop moment of all time.“

WHAT'S THE MOST FAMOUS PHONE NUMBER YOU HAVE?
“Is anyone more famous than David Bowie?“
MADONNA?
“Well, if I had her phone number I'd be calling up and leaving lots of dirty messages on her answerphone.“

(The Sun Herald, July 22nd 1999)

Photo credits: Robin Francois, Karen Mason

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