Placebo top 5 songs
1. The bitter end
The first single from “Sleeping with ghosts” is one of the most played songs in the band’s live shows. Written by Jamie Alexander Hartman and John Frederik Fortis, the song is based around the novel “1984” by George Orwell.
2. Pure morning
Written by Brian Molko & co., the track was initially recorded as a B-side, but the band liked it so much that they decided to put it on their second album “Without you I’m nothing”. It reached #4 on the UK Singles Chart.
3. Every you every me
Recorded in early 1998 at Real World Studios with Steve Osborne, the song is the third single from “Without you I’m nothing”. It’s also appeared in the movie “Cruel intentions”.
The compilation soundtrack contains other successful tracks by other ’90’s/00’s bands inclusing Blur, Skunk Anansie, The Verve.
4. Nancy boy
This 1997 song is usually cited as Placebo’s breakthrough single, peaking at number four in the UK Singles Chart a month after the singles release. It’s about drugs, sex and bisexuality. “I wrote it in 1994, around the time that Suede were massive” frontman Brian 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”.
5. Without you I’m nothing
The title track of Placebo’s second album is one of their most iconic love-lorn ballads. The single version featured additional vocals by David Bowie.
The official music video is live footage taken from a gig in 1999 at Irving Plaza in New York.