Placebo (UK alternative rock band)

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Placebo are a British alternative rock band, formed in London in 1994 by vocalist–guitarist Brian Molko and bassist–guitarist Stefan Olsdal, and in late 1994 Robert Schultzberg joined as drummer. Molko was born in Belgium and Olsdal and Schultzberg in Sweden; Molko and Olsdal grew up in Luxembourg before separately relocating to London and becoming British citizens. Schultzberg left the band in 1996 shortly after the release of the band's eponymous debut album due to conflicts with Molko, and was replaced the same year by Steve Hewitt.

Following the release of a demo, a split single, and their eponymous debut album, Placebo gained exposure in 1997 after the single "Nancy Boy" became popular in the UK, a song notorious at the time for its gender-bending content. The band stood out amongst the Britpop scene they were associated with at the time for their androgynous appearance and musical content, as well as Molko's distinctive voice and lyrics which openly discussed sexuality, mental health, and drug use.

Hewitt left Placebo in 2007, due to personal and musical differences. He was replaced the following year by Steve Forrest. Placebo released two albums with Forrest, who left in 2015 to pursue his own musical career. Since 2015, Placebo are officially a duo, though augmented with additional musicians.

Placebo have collaborated with various artists over the years, including David Bowie, Justin Warfield, Michael Stipe and Alison Mosshart. Placebo have released eight studio albums, all of which have reached the Top 20 in the United Kingdom, and have sold around 14 million records worldwide.

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1998Without You I’m NothingPlacebo3.714
2000Black Market MusicPlacebo3.417
2003Sleeping With GhostsPlacebo419
2009Battle for the SunPlacebo3.815
2013Loud Like LovePlacebo48
2022Never Let Me GoPlacebo2.655

Album + Compilation

2004Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996–2004Placebo211
2009The Hut RecordingsPlacebo1
2011B Sides 1996-2006Placebo1
2015Placebo: B-SidesPlacebo2
2015Without You I’m Nothing: B‐SidesPlacebo1
2015Black Market Music: B‐SidesPlacebo1
2016Sleeping With Ghosts: B-SidesPlacebo1
2016Meds: B-SidesPlacebo1
2016A Place for Us to DreamPlacebo8

Album + Compilation + Live

2009B‐Sides & Live at La CigalePlacebo1

Album + Live

2003Soulmates Never Die: Live in Paris 2003Placebo52
2006Live at La CigalePlacebo3
2009iTunes Festival: London 2009Placebo1
2011We Come in PiecesPlacebo2
2011Live at Angkor WatPlacebo1
2015MTV UnpluggedPlacebo44
2023Collapse into Never: Live In Europe 2023Placebo2


1995Bruise Pristine / M.E.L.T.D.O.W.N.Placebo / Soup1
1996Come HomePlacebo1
199636 DegreesPlacebo53
1996Teenage AngstPlacebo4
1997Nancy BoyPlacebo4
1997Bruise PristinePlacebo3
1998Pure MorningPlacebo33
1998You Don’t Care About UsPlacebo2
1999Every You Every MePlacebo2
1999Without You I’m NothingPlacebo feat. David Bowie57
1999Burger Queen FrançaisPlacebo14
1999I Feel YouPlacebo1
2000Taste in MenPlacebo32
2000Slave to the WagePlacebo33
2000Special KPlacebo25
2003The Bitter EndPlacebo44
2003This PicturePlacebo45
2003Special NeedsPlacebo42
2004English Summer RainPlacebo52
2004Twenty YearsPlacebo24
2006Song to Say GoodbyePlacebo22
2006Because I Want YouPlacebo53
2006Running Up That HillPlacebo21
2009For What It’s WorthPlacebo14
2009The Never-Ending WhyPlacebo53
2009Ashtray HeartPlacebo3.52
2010Bright LightsPlacebo52
2011Pollera ColoraPlacebo1
2011Trigger Happy HandsPlacebo11
2013Too Many FriendsPlacebo12
2014A Million Little PiecesPlacebo2
2016I Know (version 2008)Placebo1
2016Jesus’ SonPlacebo3
2021Beautiful JamesPlacebo34
2021Surrounded by SpiesPlacebo3
2022Try Better Next TimePlacebo6
2022Happy Birthday in the SkyPlacebo2

Single + Remix

2017Life’s What You Make It (remixes)Placebo1
2022Never Let Me Go (remixes)Placebo1

Single + Demo

2006Song to Say Goodbye (acoustic demo)Placebo1


2016Life’s What You Make ItPlacebo3

EP + Compilation

2007Extended Play ’07Placebo51

EP + Live

2007Exclusive SessionPlacebo1

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