Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Placebo: DoTM

Placebo is an indie-rock band that formed in 1994 in London, England.

Placebo
Released in July 1996 by Virgin Records. Reissued in 2006.
Produced by Brad Wood.
Band lineup:
Brian Molko - guitar, bass, vocals; Stefan Olsdal - guitar, bass, piano, vocals; Robert Schultzberg - drums.
Tracks: 10
Singles:
"Bionic" "Hang On To Your IQ" "Bruise Pristine" "Come Home" "36 Degrees" "Teenage Angst" and "Nancy Boy"

Without You I'm Nothing
Released in October 1998 by Virgin.
Produced by Steve Osbourne and Phil Vinall.
Lineup changes:
Steve Hewitt replaced Robert Schultzberg on drums. (Interestingly enough, Hewitt was their original drummer when they formed in 1994 by left the band before the debut album was recorded).
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Pure Morning" "You Don't Care About Us" "Every You Every Me" "Without You I'm Nothing" "Summers Gone" and "Burger Queen"

Black Market Music
Released in October 2000 by Virgin.
Produced by Paul Corkett.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Taste in Men" "Slave to the Wage" "Special K" "Black-Eyed" and "Blue American"
Charts:
Did not chart in the U.S.
#1 on the charts in France.

Sleeping With Ghosts
Released in April 2003 by Virgin (released in the U.S. on Astralwerks Records).
Produced by Jim Abbiss.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 13
Singles:
"The Bitter End" "This Picture" "Special Needs" and "English Summer Rain"
Charts:
Did not chart in the U.S.
#1 on the charts in France and Belgium.

Once More with Feeling
Compilation album released in November 2004 by Astralwerks.
Various producers.
Tracks: 20

Meds
Released in March 2006 by Virgin.
Produced by Dimitri Tikovoi.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 13 (The U.S. version had 15 tracks)
Singles:
"Because I Want You" "Song to Say Goodbye" "Infra-Red" and "Meds"
Charts:
#180 on the Billboard 200.
#1 on the charts in France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Mexico and Chile.

Live at La Cigale
Live album released in 2006, available only through the internet on several online download sites.
Tracks: 8

Exclusive Session
Released exclusively for iTunes in January 2007.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 4

Covers
Compilation album released in March 2007 by Virgin.
Produced by Placebo.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
Notes:
As the title suggest, this is an album of songs covering artists such as Kate Bush, The Pixies, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, and Sinead O'Conner, among others.

Extended Play '07
Compilation E.P. released in July 2007 by Virgin.
Produced by Placebo.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8

Battle for the Sun
Released in June 2009 by Vagrant Records (in the U.S.)
Produced by David Bottrill.
Lineup changes:
Steve Forrest replaced Steve Hewitt on drums.
Tracks: 13
Singles:
"For What It's Worth" "The Never Ending Why" "Ashtray Heart" and "Bright Lights"
Charts:
#51 on the Billboard 200.
#1 on the charts in Austria, Belgian, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

iTunes Live: London Festival '09
Live released in December 2009 by Dreambrother Ltd.
Tracks: 19

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