martes, 12 de noviembre de 2019



BRIAN MOLKO: MY SEVEN DEADLY SINS
ROCK SOUND INTERVIEW (2003) 


Outspoken in the press, dolled-up on stage and once one of the most notorious party animals on the scene,
Brian Molko isn't shy of breaking a few rules. Who better then, to quiz about the Seven Deadly Sins?




Photo credit: David Willis




1. VANITY

“That's a good one. I'm the vainest of the band, definitely. Myself and Stefan spend a lot of time in front of the mirror playing with our hair and worrying about our clothes. I have a lot of “Does my bum look big in this?“ moments. I think it winds Steve [Hewitt] up a bit, but he's a vain guy too, only in a more masculine way. It's a very big part of what we do I suppose and a very big part of what pushes you to go on stage. I don't think there'd be as much dressing up on stage if there weren't a great deal of vanity involved. So I'm 100 percent guilty.“



2. ENVY

Envy makes me think of that moment in Spinal Tap where the band meet some rock star who's bigger than them and they're all nice and friendly. Then when he walks away they call him a wanker. I'm guilty of that moment as well, though the bands it's with will remain nameless. But I'm envious of lots of things. I'm envious of people with better bodies than me, people who are taller than I am.“



3.GLUTTONY

“I think I'm coming out of my secret over-indulgent stage. That was basically most of my 20ies where I'd take anything that was going and too much of it at any opportunity. I think it was very much a case of trying to numb a lot of my insecurities and low self-esteem by putting myself in a haze and avoiding reality. I'm better now, thankfully.“


Photo credit: Carole Epinette

4. LUST
Oh, my favourite! I'm a very lustful person, mainly towards other people. My lust means I have huge moral dilemmas on a daily basis. It's got me into far too much trouble. But unfortunately, no matter how much make-up I put on my face I can't alter the fact that I'm a man.“


5. WRATH
I don't get angry that often, but when I do it's in a way that's quite particular to people who are small in stature – when they lose it they really fucking lose it. It's a bit like a pressure cooker, I have a tendency to let it build up inside of me then really blow and go apeshit. I start throwing stuff around and screaming. It's not very healthy and it's not a pretty sight. I get very upset when people treat us with disrespect in life in general. I have this feeling that people treat me like a kid a lot and look down their noses at me. That makes me very angry. But I think it's a kick back to things from my childhood that I haven't got over.“



6. GREED

“I'm not a particularly greedy person, I'm actually quite generous towards the people that I love and care about. I'd like to be filthy rich but then everybody would. I'm not obsessed with material possessions that much apart from records and clothes. I just don't see the point really. Being in a band doesn't make you greedier, it makes you more ambitious because every time you meet a challenge you have to set new ones and try and rise to those.“

Photo credit: Jesus Aparicio

7. SLOTH

“I go through stages but in general I'm a hard worker, I always have been. I find it difficult to take breakes because I'm so used to each day being full, I just get restless and I have to force myself to relax. But when I do get the chance I just do absolutely nothing. I'll sit around for days and try to shut my brain off, watch Neighbours twice a day. You feel a bit lost when you come off tour because there's no one to make your coffee for you or light your cigarettes!“




Source: Rock Sound (2003)
Edit: Silke Mitteregger



lunes, 11 de noviembre de 2019

The Livelong June about Brian Molko and Placebo


Photo credits: Robin Francois

Benny I’ve been fascinated by your timbre of voice, which clearly reminds me to Brian Molko, while Placebo also is one of your sources of inspiration. What can you say about the production of the vocals and what makes Placebo so special to you?

Benny: We wanted the vocals to sound like they had been run through an old gritty amp. We wanted a dirty and distorted sound to give the music that extra aggressive flavour. I’m really pleased in the way we managed to achieve what we aimed for. And yes, Placebo is a huge influence and so are a handful of other bands that write about every aspect of being alive. We feel intrigued by that and it inspires us to write about other things than the birds and the bees. The pains and struggles in life are much more interesting.

Photo credits: The Livelong June


Benny Gustavsson and Marcus Rejnevik set up The Livelong June in 2013.
Their debut album has been released on the Russian label ScentAir Records revealing a terrific mix between electronics, pop and rock music. It sounds pretty indie-like featuring vocals reminiscent of Placebo’s front man Brian Molko.
“The Art Of Living” is a real great surprise and definitely an album, which will for sure become one of my 2018 favorites. I got in touch with the Swedish duo to get more information about this astonishing debut work.

Do you already know The Livelong June?
I listened to their songs and I like the music, over all the 'Molko'-voice a lot.
Check out the rest of the interview, the songs and all you want on their Facebook 
profile and homepage!!

馃帳 Interview from http://www.peek-a-boo-magazine.be
Read the whole interview here 馃憠 t.ly/6Yqrl

馃帶 The Livelong June - Homesick (Alternative version 2013)




馃帶 The Livelong June -The Art Of Living - Album Preview



馃憠 Debut album,The Art of Living-https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the...
The Livelong June
馃憠 The Livelong June on Spotify. Ceck out their latest


Yours, Susie Bosco & The Placebo Anyway Team


jueves, 7 de noviembre de 2019

The moment Placebo and David Bowie covered Marc Bolan’s ’20th Century Boy’ for the BRITS, 1999


Photo credit goes to the photographer of this picture


By Jack WhatleyAugust 13, 2019 for https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/

Fronted by the enigmatic Brian Molko, Placebo were a force to be reckoned with in the ’90s – they offered something different to the laddishness of Britpop and the nerdiness of Radiohead. Their brand of subversive alt-rock cultivated a mass of fanatical followers caught in the tightly woven net of androgynous angst and sublime songwriting. It was only a matter of time before the original agitator David Bowie would find a project to collaborate on.
That project came sooner rather than later. In the early days of Placebo, with Molko and Osdal having only demos to their name, they had one major fan – David Bowie. Not a bad place to start eh? Never one to miss the opportunity to promote the music he felt deserved a place on the mantel of music, Bowie then invited the band to open for his now-infamous Outside Tour. Bowie would also lend his vocals to the 1998 recording of Placebo’s ‘Without You I’m Nothing’.

Fronted by the enigmatic Brian Molko, Placebo were a force to be reckoned with in the ’90s – they offered something different to the laddishness of Britpop and the nerdiness of Radiohead. Their brand of subversive alt-rock cultivated a mass of fanatical followers caught in the tightly woven net of androgynous angst and sublime songwriting. It was only a matter of time before the original agitator David Bowie would find a project to collaborate on.
That project came sooner rather than later. In the early days of Placebo, with Molko and Osdal having only demos to their name, they had one major fan – David Bowie. Not a bad place to start eh? Never one to miss the opportunity to promote the music he felt deserved a place on the mantel of music, Bowie then invited the band to open for his now-infamous Outside Tour. Bowie would also lend his vocals to the 1998 recording of Placebo’s ‘Without You I’m Nothing’.
In particular, Molko was very close to Bowie with the latter providing Molko with advice throughout his career. He recently opened up to the NME about his presence: “He was my friend and my mentor. He gave me a lot of advice. I’m meditating more on how he was quite a sage and quite a raconteur as well.”



A more intimate collaboration came in the form of a special BRIT Awards performance in 1999 that saw Placebo supported by Bowie covering another glam-rock icon’s biggest hit; Marc Bolan’s ’20th Century Boy’. Released in 1971, the song marked one of the last triumphant moments of Bolan’s sadly short career. It was a song that Placebo were already familiar with having covered the smash-hit for the soundtrack to the film Velvet Goldmine, though following Bowie rejecting the chance to have his own music appear in the film Molko said the pair “agreed never to talk about”.
The track was and remains today, an absolute dancefloor smash. Built on a simple but encouraging lead guitar (so chunky it barely needed dressing), flourished with garish and provocative lyrics, the song has effortlessly become a cross-generational smash. Nowhere is that more easily seen than in this clip from the 1999 BRIT Awards.

On one side of the stage stands the present of rock and roll. Brian Molko and his sparkling charcoaled eyes, full of the kind of sneering misunderstanding that can drive so many to mania. On the other stood an original of the glam-rock era passing the goth-glittered baton across with every lyric he sang. He plays his Tin Machine-era headless guitar and seems happy to let Molko take the spotlight. “We weren’t too bad, we were in key at least,” Molko later told Melody Maker. “But we could never really get the lyrics right. We were doing ’20th Century Boy’. We had a fucking laugh.”

The sound mixing may be a bit dodgy but the performance of this song, in particular, strikes a special chord with fans of both artists. For Placebo fans, it marks a moment in their history that they were named as “the future” by Bowie, of all people. While for Bowie fans it’s a clear indication of his admiration for them, as well as a rousing tribute to his departed friend.

Whichever way you look at it this is a moment worth savouring. So watch as Placebo are joined on stage by David Bowie to perform T-Rex’s hit ’20th Century Boy’ live at the BRITS in 1999.

domingo, 16 de junio de 2019


A Spanish version of "Special needs"





Today I have something special for you, literally; It's a Spanish version of ”Special needs” by Ernesto Oliviera, an independent musician from Oaxaca City/Mexico.





Ernesto Oliviera is a big fan of Brian Molko.


He loves songs that tell a story and that one can feel identified with.”This is the case with ”Special needs”. It's a song with a powerful message about fame, expectations, past and how things can gradually destroy us or make us feel lost,” the young artist explains.

According to Brian it is a tale of a celebrity has-been told from a wheelchair. In his words it's a story about ”someone reminiscing how the shoe is on the other foot and worrying that they’ll be written out of their ex’s biography.” In Ernesto's opinion all these elements are narrated as a story and included in a slow and calm background music accompanying the lost of the main character itself.
But why doing a Spanish version of ”Special needs”? - The 21-years-old gives a simple and plausible answer: ”The song was so contrasting and attractive to me that I had to try it!”

Ernesto declares that each Placebo piece has lyrics with quite real meanings, and he wanted to represent this using an adaptation to his original language. It is hard to translate from one language to another without removing the identity of the song but he decided to ”don't let the language be an obstacle to communicate what I wanted to.” In the end he came out with this Spanish version of the song and decided to record it. ”In fact Placebo was one of my first alternative rock influences and I'm a big fan of the band,” the Mexican musician thinks back.

Ernesto Oliviera - Special needs (Spanish version)




Ernesto's first contact with Placebo was a concert transmitted on a local TV station. It was their performance at German festival Rock am Ring in 2006. Besides ”Special needs” the songs ”Every you Every me”, ”Special K”, ”Because I want you” and ”Infra-Red” got his attention. He remembers that in addition to the live show the visual art in the background of the stage and the aggressive and precise way of performing were amazing for him. Ernesto: ”Definitely, after that I really wanted to know more about the band!”



Ernesto (r.) is proud of his "Special needs" cover.



”I enjoy spending my time creating music because in fact, it complements two parts of my life,” tells the talented young fan, who studies Electric engineering at university. In his spare time he developes different music projects including genres such as alternative rock, pop, acoustic ensembles and even choral and opera. ”I think the reason why I make different forms of music is due to this aim to create something containing a personal message which people could feel identified to,” he reflects.

Placebo - Special needs




If you want to hear more of Ernesto Oliviera's work you can listen to it on his Youtube channel (see links below). Besides cover versions he has already started to write his own music and is also working on collaborations with some other musicians. ”I’ve got too many ideas in process!” as he says.


FB: https://www.facebook.com/ernesto.m.olivera
Web Page: http://ernestolivera.ml/
Youtube: http://bit.ly/2RkQQgM




Photo credits: Ashley Maile, Itzel Cruz




Text by Silke Mitteregger

lunes, 13 de mayo de 2019

Placebo - Bruise Pristine 1997


Placebo  singles - Bruise Pristine 


馃帳 "Are you ever embarrassed by anything you've done in the past?
▪️Brian Molko: "Yeah, our very first single, "Bruise Pristine", and it's about to be released on a Fierce Panda compilation," blurts Brian, without hesitation. "We really hate that version, it's so fast and, honestly, I do sound like Mickey Mouse on it. We were going to say no, but it's so ridiculous it has to be documented in some way. I can't really understand where this helium thing came from. My balls have dropped since then."


馃幐Brian Molko, Melody Maker, October 1998


馃帳"Perfect Piece of Trash: What is that picture on the front of the Bruise Pristine original fierce panda release?"
▪️Brian Molko: "It's a Cecil Beaton photograph of children in a bomb shelter during the Blitz."


馃幐Brian Molko, Raft Chat Transcript With Placebo, 2001




馃寑"Bruise Pristine" is a song by our favourite rock band Placebo, released in its original version as a split single with the band Soup by record label Fierce Panda in October 1995.
It was re-recorded for the band's 1996 self-titled debut album, and this version was released in May 1997 as the fifth and final single from the album.


馃幐The song is a heavy riff-based track and is notable for its "behind the bridge" guitar solo. It's played in F-A-D-G-C-C tuning. It opens with a natural harmonics riff on the 12th fret. It proceeds with an overdriven riff that's played during the verses. During the chorus there's a chromatic power chord progression from F to G.


馃寑There are three official versions of the song that have been released: the 1995 single version, the album track and the radio edit. The radio edit is intended to be more radio friendly; after the intro it cuts directly to the vocal verse and the solo is cut short.


馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine



馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine (Demo-95)



馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine - Unsigned In the City - Part One 23.10.1995



馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine
Placebo - Nancy Boy [1995-10-23 - Unsigned In the City - Part Two]



馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine - Unsigned In the City - Part Three 23.10.1995



馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine (One Inch Punch Remix)



馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine (Lionrock Remix)



馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine - Live at The Virgin Megastore Paris 18.04.97



馃攰Placebo - Bruise Pristine - Live atTop Of The Pops - London, U.K. 23.05.97



Photo credits: Discogs, Youtube, Placebo World, eil.com 馃憠shop: http://bit.ly/2GTG8Ki

viernes, 8 de marzo de 2019

PLACEBO ANYWAY SOULMATES-INTERVIEW with Emma from Brian Molko WorldWide Fans



PLACEBO ANYWAY 


SOULMATES-INTERVIEW with Emma from Brian Molko WorldWide Fans 


Interview with Rita from Mexico. 
By Susie Bosco & Silke Mitteregger from and for Placebo Anyway. 01.03.2019

Placebo Anyway: PLEASE TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU!

Emma: My name's Emma. I'm 41 and 21 in my head. Aside from music I have an interest in art and photography.

Placebo Anyway: CAN YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST PLACEBO SONG THAT YOU'VE EVER HEARD? WHEN AND WHERE WAS IT?


Emma: "Nancy Boy" came flying out of the radio in waves of influential rapture to my senses. I knew that this song was going to set the bar for change.

Placebo Anyway:  PLACEBO IS LIKE A DRUG ONCE YOU HAVE STARTED YOU CAN'T STOP LISTENING. DO YOU AGREE AND HOW DID IT HAPPEN THAT YOU GOT PLACEBO-ADDICTED?

Emma: I'd agree that Placebo are addictive, their music relates to real feelings and emotions there lyrics take you on a rollercoaster journey. For me the connection began hearing a Story that myself and many others go through in life.


Placebo Anyway:  WHICH SONG OR ALBUM HAD/HAS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFLUENCE ON YOU? WHAT MAKES THIS SONG OR ALBUM SO SPECIAL AND HOW DID IT CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

Emma: Influence not so much. I' say again, it's connection. You can listen to just about any song and something within the lyrics will instantly relate to you. When you hear Placebo, it's a combination of delivery, emotion, feeling

Placebo Anyway:  WHAT COMES TO MIND FIRST WHEN YOU THINK OF PLACEBO?
THREE WORDS ONLY: ONE FOR THE BAND, ONE FOR BRIAN AND ONE FOR STEFAN.

Emma: Euphoric, Inspirational,Unique. 



Placebo Anyway: WHAT. IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACEBO Quote Song Lyrics

Emma: "Don't Give In To Yesterday", (Speak In Tongues.)


Placebo Anyway: WHERE DO YOU SEE PLACEBO IN THE NEAR AND DISTANT FUTURE?

Emma: Hopefully more album's, gigs not as prolonged as past tours I don't think the band will completely stop doing shows. 


Placebo Anyway: THE LAST QUESTION IS YOURS! WHATEVER YOU WANT TO KNOW FEEL FREE TO ASK.

Emma: We're do you see Placebo in the near future?

Placebo Anyway: Thank you very much for taking part in this interview series dear Emma.



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domingo, 3 de marzo de 2019

Rock Lit: Placebo Cops inspiration from James Frey's controversial memoir

Photo credits: unknown

Interview with Brian Molko by Emily Zelmer for mtv.com 2013


The inspiration for a song on Placebo’s latest album, Loud Like Love, comes from an unlikely place: James Frey’s controversial account of drug addiction that drew headlines for its falsified passages. For frontman Brian Molko, the book tapped into something he wanted to pursue musically. And it’s not the first time the musician has used his interest in reading to inspire a song.

Molko has released seven albums with Placebo since their self-titled 1996 debut and often takes a literary approach to songwriting. The band’s new disc, which recently came out via Universal, extends their lengthy and darkly moody discography, exploring serious subject matter like drug addiction. For Molko, books are a way to tap into new ways of expressing ideas and aid songwriting by learning new words and turns of phrase.

The songwriter and musician spoke with Hive about his experience with books, what sort of literature he prefers and just why he’s so compelled by James Frey.

Photo credits: unknown


What book brings you back to your childhood?

The first book that I remember sort of becoming obsessed with and carrying everywhere with me when I was at school was a book by Milan Kundera, a Czech author, called "The Unbearable Lightness of Being". I carried that book everywhere and in a year read it three or four times, I think.

I was quite a romantic youth, I suppose. I still am, but not really in terms of romantic like a candlelit dinner for two. More, I suppose, in a literary tradition kind of thing. I was quite blown away by its scope really. There are so many stories happening at the same time in this book. I also was quite fascinated with the idea of revolution and the politics in the book. It was a real eye-opener for me. I have very fond memories of that.

Do you prefer fiction, nonfiction, poetry?

I don’t read a lot of poetry anymore. It’s pretty 50/50 for me in terms of fiction and nonfiction. It’s very difficult for me to find fiction that stimulates me a great deal.

What are you reading currently?

I just started this nonfiction book by Evgeny Morozof, it’s called "The Net Delusion." I think what it’s pointing toward is a post-Internet society and where we’re going. It’s quite interesting because I’m quite fascinated by how society’s changing so much. It seems to be about the illusion of democracy and how the net perpetuates that. From what I can gather so far from the beginning of it. How we feel we’re freer, but perhaps we’re not.

Photo: Silverrocket


Digital or paper?

Digital only when I’m traveling. It frees up a lot more space for my clothes in my suitcase. I overpack. I’m very female that way. A girl needs options.

What’s the best book you’ve read on tour?

I don’t know if it has any direct relation to being on tour, whether a book is the best book or not. Certainly the book by a contemporary author that’s impressed me the most in the past two years or so—simply because it really fucks with the form of the novel itself—is an American author called Jennifer Egan. She wrote "A Visit from the Goon Squad." I think it won the Pulitzer Prize. She’s a phenomenal writer. That’s a really incredible book. The story happens, it’s a bit like "Cloud Atlas," it sort of happens in lots of different eras.

What’s the most number of times you’ve read a book?

There are books that I always carry with me. There’s a couple that I’m in a perpetual state of reading. Simply because they are, for me, kind of like guides to living more than anything else. I suppose a born-again Christian would travel with the Bible. I travel everywhere with "The Power of Now," by Eckhart Tolle. And "The Four Agreements." Simply because they help me stay sane.

Do the things you read influence your songwriting?

What I do think is amazing about reading a book on an iPad is that it has improved my vocabulary. All you have to do is press the word that you don’t understand, and you get a dictionary definition. It’s fucking amazing! But I do have a dictionary and a thesaurus on my phone and on my iPad, which I think is normal for someone who uses words for a living.

Definitely, if you’re gonna write, if you’re gonna make a living using words, you have to read. The more you do, the more words you know, the more adventurous you can become with how you construct sentences. Writing lyrics is more like writing slogans than anything else. It’s very, very much about trying to say as much as possible with the fewest words. Well, for me anyway. There are bands that don’t do that. It’s like a distillation process for me.

Has something you read ever specifically made its way into one of your songs?

I’ve stolen book titles for songs before. On the first album, there was “Lady of the Flowers,” which is a Jean Genet book. On this album there’s “A Million Little Pieces,” which is also a book by James Frey. A memoir of drug addiction. It made sense to me and I wanted people to make the connection, because I think the subject of the book gives the song context.

Photo: pixabay


Has a fan ever gifted you a book that you already read?

It’s just kind of absurd. The last time it happened somebody gave me a book by Italo Calvino, in Italian. I’m like, “I don’t read Italian.” And she went, “Oh, you can learn.” Like I have time or the inclination to learn Italian. It’s absurd. So I gave it to somebody who spoke Italian.

Is there an author that you hope incorporates your music into their writing?

I’m aware that it’s happened a few times, actually. It’s happened in France and in the UK. I would just be thrilled for any significant, vital, contemporary author to even get a mention. I think it’s very, very unusual. I don’t know how successful these books have been. But most of them have been French. We’re big in France.

What book would you recommend to someone who is a fan of your band?


Read "A Million Little Pieces." It will give you a very, very realistic view of what it’s like to be an addict. To suffer from the disease of addiction. And what one has to go through in order to recover. And continue to live. If one is fortunate enough to achieve a state of recovery in one’s life, because a lot of people don’t.

Photo credits: Melissa of Flickr






lunes, 11 de febrero de 2019

PLACEBO ANYWAY SOULMATES-INTERVIEW with Rita from Mexico




PLACEBO ANYWAY
SOULMATES-INTERVIEW with Rita from Mexico




Interview with Rita from Mexico.
By Susie Bosco & Silke Mitteregger from and for Placebo Anyway. 16.02.2019

Placebo Anyway: PLEASE TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU!

Rita: Hello, my name is Rita G., I am a Mexican woman in her twenties (closer to thirty). I am a Gemini, I like cats, my favourite colours are blue and purple and I love listening to music. Besides from Placebo I like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Aerosmith, The Cure, Blondie, R.E.M., PJ Harvey, Stone Temple Pilots and other artists who sing in Spanish. One of my hobbies is doing crafts and embroidery. I also like reading and lately I started to draw mandalas and do yoga.



Placebo Anyway: CAN YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST PLACEBO SONG THAT YOU'VE EVER HEARD? WHEN AND WHERE WAS IT?
Rita: Yeah I remember very well. One night my sister was listening to the radio and suddenly she said “Listen to this song, this is great”. She turned up the volume, it was “This Picture“ – and it blew my mind. It was a very special sound and voice, different from everything I’d never heard before, it was so amazing.


I do not remember the exact date, but I think it was in September 2003.
Although in fact the first song I heard was “Every You Every Me“ when I saw the movie “Cruel Intentions“ in 2002. I really liked that song, but I didn’t know who they were until when I read about Placebo‘s career later, then I realized they were the same band... hahaha.

Placebo Anyway:  PLACEBO IS LIKE A DRUG –  ONCE YOU HAVE STARTED YOU CAN'T STOP LISTENING. DO YOU AGREE AND HOW DID IT HAPPEN THAT YOU GOT PLACEBO-ADDICTED?
Rita: Hahaha... I absolutely agree with that! The music of Placebo is highly addictive! I remember that I realized I was becoming addicted to Placebo because my brother had the DVD “Soulmates never die (live in Paris)“ and he lent it to me. And I watched it VERY often; I watched it almost every night for a month.
I finally knew when the Live 8  was broadcasted on TV and they did not show the Placebo performance. Although there were good performances like R.E.M and Pink Floyd's reunion it was not enough for me. I wanted to see Placebo! At that moment I realized that they had already become my favorite band.


Placebo Anyway:  WHICH SONG OR ALBUM HAD/HAS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFLUENCE ON YOU? WHAT MAKES THIS SONG OR ALBUM  SO SPECIAL AND HOW DID IT CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

Rita: I have one album that's very close to my heart, it's “Sleeping with ghosts“, because this was my first Placebo album and therefore it was the one with which I started to know their music. It is very special for me because when I heard “This Picture“ and “Special Needs“ I felt an inexplicable connection that I can not describe.


No band has impacted me with their songs as much as Placebo did. Their music has always been very present in my life, especially when I felt lonely, sad or even in more painful moments like losing a beloved one. They have helped me a lot to vent those feelings and cheer me up, so the influence of Placebo is very positive in my life. Also I am proud to be part of this fandom because it is full of fantastic and kind people from all over the world. It feels like we are on the same frequency and we speak the same language. I have made some friendships and I find it wonderful that loving Placebo joins us together.

Placebo Anyway:  WHAT COMES TO MIND FIRST WHEN YOU THINK OF PLACEBO?
THREE WORDS ONLY: ONE FOR THE BAND, ONE FOR BRIAN AND ONE FOR STEFAN.

Rita:
*Placebo - Beautiness
*Brian - Unique
*Stefan - Lovely


Placebo Anyway:  WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACEBO QUOTE?

Rita: This is difficult because there are so many quotes that I love but I will choose one that I read recently in an interview with Stef and he said:

I don't know if we are a band for people who do not identify with the mainstream, but it's very good, because the music can be your best friend, and if we can have that role for people, I'm very happy”.


Placebo Anyway:  WHERE DO YOU SEE PLACEBO IN THE NEAR AND DISTANT FUTURE?

Rita:  I hope to see them here in Mexico. I've never been able to see them live, so this is something I really hope I can do in the future either in this year or the next.

Placebo Anyway: THE LAST QUESTION IS YOURS! WHATEVER YOU WANT TO KNOW – FEEL FREE TO ASK.

Rita: My question is for Placebo Anyway Team. It is not a question properly but I would like you to share a favorite memory that you have related to Placebo :)


Placebo Anyway: 

Mona: My special Placebo memory is a poster of Brian I saw at the wall of someone's flat. I could't say if the person was a female or a male and I so I asked "Who is that?" I got the name and googled and found the band whose song I liked a lot some years ago, but didn't know the band name! This song was EYEM and when I hear it, I have to think about my Placebo discovery story.


G-JLo: Mmmh, I remember a special moment during the Mexico tour 2017.
It was the first time I was able to see the band playing live, after so many years listening to their music. All this made it also possible to connect with the Placebo Fan World. I met a lot of fans and nowadays I can say they are my friends. I'm quiet sure I will meet them again during another Placebo tour.
It was my first experience following a band on their tour, seeing them live again and again on stage. It was amazing and I want to do this again.


Silke: My favourite Placebo-related memory is when I met Brian for an interview. He was very nice and politely. I will never forget this great experience.


Katy: When i discovered Placebo, i was a high school student in 1996. A friend told me: you must listen to this band, it just came out. I sat on stairs near the school and put my headphones on my ears. So well, this discovery transformed my life...A breath of freedom, transgression and novelty was born from it. I felt my world was changing with PLACEBO. Their first album was like a burst, a flash of adrenaline. I immediately became a great lover of their music. This band accompanied me years, I built myself with him.

Susanne: My favourite Placebo-related memory is when I met the band. Lovely people, very kind and I loved the way they talked.
  

Placebo Anyway: Thank you very much for taking part in this interview series dear Rita.

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Credits: Susie Bosco & Silke Mitteregger - Placebo Anyway 2019