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Placebo (band)

Placebo is a rock band founded in 1995. They enjoyed early success in Britain thanks to the high interest in British rock music at the time, sparked in particular by Oasis and Blur.

The singles Nancy Boy, from Placebo[?] (1995), and Pure Morning, from Without You I'm Nothing[?] (1998), were the peak of their British success, both charting in the top ten. Since Without You I'm Nothing the band have fallen out of fashion particularly with the British music press, who regularly mock the personality and pretensions of its lead member, Brian Molko. However, the band retained a huge popular and critical following in continental Europe. Their style altered little from Placebo through Black Market Music[?] (2000), based around fairly straightforward guitar playing, often influenced by the style of 1970's British and American rock, and Molko's high-pitched, nasal vocals. Sleeping With Ghosts[?] (2003) was more adventurous, experimenting with dance influences and a less polished guitar sound, though keeping the traditional sound for several songs, including the first single The Bitter End. The band gained some measure of notoriety for the sexualities of its members (Molko is bisexual, Olsdal is gay, and Hewitt is straight) and their excessive lifestyles, often chronicled in their songs (the title of the track Special K from Black Market Music, for instance, is a reference to the drug ketamine).

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Brian Molko[?]
Vocals and guitar
Stefan Olsdal[?]
Bass guitar
Steven Hewitt[?]




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