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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martes, 5 de febrero de 2019

PLACEBO ANYWAY SOULMATES-INTERVIEW with Penny Molk from France


PLACEBO ANYWAY
SOULMATES-INTERVIEW with Penny Molk from France

Photo: Placeboworld


Interview with Penny Molk from France. 
By Susie Bosco & Silke Mitteregger from and for Placebo Anyway. 05.02.2019


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

Penny Molk: Well, I’m Penny Molk, a French Placebo fan since the beginning. I used to be fan of old bands like The Rolling Stones, The Cure and others and of course David Bowie. When I heard about Placebo, The Love Story started.

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

Penny Molk:  The first Placebo song I’ve ever heard was “Bruise Pristine“ because an English friend of mine wrote me “Listen to that band, it’s so new and great“ I did.





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?

Penny Molk: After “Bruise Pristine“ came “Nancy Boy“ and the addiction started and it has never stopped.





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?

Penny Molk:  I do love all the albums but “Battle for the Sun“ is for me the one I prefer because there were new musicians, new sounds, a new universe but still the soul of Placebo in a new atmosphere. A very elegant, precious, unique band. A lot of fresh air and this was important in my life at that time. Thanks Placebo.




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.

Penny Molk: 3 only words?
The band: Tolerance.
          Brian: Perfection.
          Stefan: Unique.
  

Placebo Anyway:   WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACEBO QUOTE?

Penny Molk: A French quote by Brian: “Je ne suis qu’un petit con qui fait de la musique.“


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

Penny Molk: One of the best rock bands in the world with Brian’s  incredible voice, swinging his lovely little ass while playing the guitar on stage with Stefan’s gay dancing.


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

Penny Molk: What do you feel or expect about Placebo back to the studio now?
My answer is Pure Delight. We really miss them.

Photo: Penny Molk

A picture of myself at my last Indochine concert, November 16th, 2018 in Paris Bercy where I rescued a huge balloon


 Placebo Anyway:  Thank you so much for this lovely interview dear Penny!

Credits: Susie Bosco & Silke Mitteregger - Placebo Anyway 2019


mi茅rcoles, 16 de enero de 2019

The Story Behind The Song: Nancy Boy by Placebo


The story behind Placebo's Nancy Boy
(Image: © David Tonge\/Getty)


By Rob Hughes December 07, 2016 Louder
How the success of a Top 5 single brought its own stigma for Placebo



Arriving at the back end of 90s Britpop, Placebo were something else entirely. They weren’t from round here, for a start. Nor were they in thrall to the laddish, oddly conservative sounds that defined what was ultimately a very insular period in British rock. Instead they were brash, arty and sexually ambiguous.

Led by openly bisexual American frontman Brian Molko, Placebo replastered the spunk’n’glitter of glam, Bowie and Bolan onto the post-grunge era. And nothing seemed to distil their image better than 1997’s breakthrough single, Nancy Boy.

“We were reacting very strongly against the machismo, terrace chants and revisionism of Britpop,” says Molko, “and the nationalism that we interpreted as xenophobia of the musical kind. We were trying to make a strong political statement about the fluidity of sexuality with the dresses and make-up that we wore. We set out to confuse, and I guess Nancy Boy was the perfect soundtrack to that.”

The track surfed a wave of angsty, punky guitar noise, led out by Molko’s quivering vocals. It was a three-minute rush of unfettered hedonism, streaked with references to illicit sex, booze, gender mutations and junkiedom. It was hardly Shed Seven.


“I wrote it in 1994, around the time that Suede were massive,” Molko explains. “That infamous quote of Brett Anderson’s – ‘I’m a bisexual man who’s never had a homosexual experience’ – was being reprinted in every magazine. I saw that as a very opportunistic statement, and it led me to want to write something about tourism of the sexual kind. Which is where the chorus comes from: ‘It all breaks down at the first rehearsal.’ I had in mind a tourist who gets stuck in and then realises they’re out of their depth.”

Molko had formed Placebo in ’94 with Swedish bassist Stefan Olsdal, whom he’d first met at school in Luxembourg, and drummer Steve Hewitt (prior commitments meant the latter was replaced by Robert Schultzberg, though Hewitt would later rejoin). They were still without a record deal when they recorded a demo of Nancy Boy, and weren’t exactly living out the Dionysian dream the song depicted.

“I remember the day Brian came round to my flat with the chorus for Nancy Boy,” says Olsdal. “I was sitting there with an old £15 Casio keyboard that was about to fall apart. When we first demo’d the track we did it in an eight-track studio in Deptford, which we’d booked from midnight till six in the morning because it was cheaper. Our social life then was basically a couple of cans of Stella shared between the three of us. But Nancy Boy pre-empted what was in store. I guess we lived that song a couple of years later.”

Placebo’s self-titled debut album crept into the UK Top 40 in July 1996. Teenage Angst, their third single, gave them a minor Top 30 hit. But it was Nancy Boythat really launched their career.

“It was the one that pushed us into the charts and onto Top Of The Pops,” Olsdal recalls, “despite the subversive lyrics. For that to get on the BBC certainly rubbed some people up the wrong way. Any time you challenge people’s sexuality, especially males and their masculinity, it can be a very sensitive area. And we didn’t shy away from pushing that side of our personalities forward, either. If you look at photographs of us from back then, we spent more time in the women’s clothing section than the male one.”


There are whole internet forums dedicated to the ambiguous nature of Nancy Boy. Some fans are convinced it’s about a transvestite, others say it’s a prostitute. Some say it’s about Molko himself, perhaps guided by his infamous quote following Placebo’s 1997 world tour, when he said he “left a trail of blood and spunk across three continents”. Lubricious lyrics such as ‘Kind of buzz that lasts for days/Had some help from insect ways’, which, as Molko explains today, “is about an aphrodisiac – maybe GHB or Spanish Fly. Any substance, controlled or otherwise, that makes you want to fuck.

“Nancy Boy isn’t about anyone in particular, but it did amaze me at the time how much a cock in a frock was still shocking at the end of the 20th century. It was as if Boy George had never existed! It was alright to cross-dress in pop, but to go into grunge territory with a dress was so shocking to people.”

The success of Nancy Boy brought its own stigma. “My only regret is that in the eyes of the media it seemed to encapsulate what Placebo were – the faggy indie band who wore dresses,” says Molko. “It seemed to become such a strong identifying song with us that the other aspects of my songwriting – which I considered to be better and more developed – were being overlooked.”

That has resulted in the band admitting to an uneasy association with the song ever since. “I have a very ambivalent relationship with Nancy Boy,” the singer says. “I was still learning how to write songs, so I consider it one of my more immature ones. At one point we got so sick of it that we stopped playing it for five years. But now I can relate to it in terms of what it is. Emotionally for me it’s still bothersome, but I want to be at peace with it. However, it opened so many doors for us. It went to number four in the chart, got us on Top Of The Pops and a tour with David Bowie. And I wrote it before we’d even signed a record deal. It was very instrumental in us becoming successful. I just wish I liked it better.”


Olsdal is similarly philosophical. “It’s not the biggest hit we’ve had and it’s certainly not the song that the three of us like the most, but Nancy Boy is probably the most identifiable. We don’t have another song quite like it. Do I still enjoy playing it on stage? It’s actually fun. It’s a three-chord punk song. I guess the question is how long can we sing: ‘Lose my clothes, lose my lube’? I mean, can you still sing that at 70?”

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s谩bado, 1 de diciembre de 2018

Placebo Calendar 2019

馃啎 PLACEBO CALENDAR 2019  馃啎

To brighten up your home, day, mood, we have designed a Placebo calendar 2019. 馃幐

 ⛄Feel free to download the calendar and add the credits. we will share on Facebook 2 covers and for every month a sheet.


The Placebo Anyway Team 馃幎 ⛄

Calendar design: Susie Bosco 
Photo credits: on each sheet

PLACEBO CALENDAR 2019 (cover one)
Photo: Julian Broad




JANUARY 2019

FEBRUARY 2019


MARCH 2019


APRIL 2019


MAY 2019


JUNE 2019


JULY 2019


AUGUST 2019


SEPTEMBER 2019


OCTOBER 2019


NOVEMBER 2019


DECEMBER 2019


PLACEBO CALENDAR 2019 (cover two)