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Old 12-18-2004, 10:51 PM   #1
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I was at Fingerprintz on Friday night, and I slapped one of their records in the player. I listened to part of the first song, and I liked what I heard. I couldn't figure out how to get the lame little boombox to play anything but the first song. Will I like them? Should I go back and get the album? I think it had a multi-word name.
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I'll step in here for HLG and let you know what she'd say if she were here:

"BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I have to agree with HLG. They really have become one of my all time favs in the last year, they have great albums, songs, and put on a great live show. They just had a singles complilation CD come out entitled 'Once More With Feeling'. That may be a good introduction to the band.

Their actual albums are entitled:

Placebo
Without You I'm Nothing
Black Market Music
Sleeping With Ghosts (my personal favorite)
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Old 12-19-2004, 12:06 AM   #3
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Tsk.

They're a great band. Some people have issues with the singer's voice but since you liked what you heard I doubt that will be a problem.
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Placebo rock!!!
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Some people have issues with the singer's voice
In what way? 'Cause I hate singers who can't sing.
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It's less to do with his singing than the fact his voice is, well, different. Anyway I figured since you've already heard them it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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I love Placebo - but agree that Brian Molko's voice can be construed as whiney-sounding, but not in an emo way, it's just the tone/timbre of his voice.

I would recommend their recent Greatest Hits album as a primer, and their cover of T. Rex's 20th Century Boy is HOT!
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mofo, Sleeping With Ghosts is the most unevolutionary Placebo album... but it has Special Needs, possibly my favorite tune of them

before I didn't like Placebo a lot, now, thanks to HG, I really like their music
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mofo, Sleeping With Ghosts is the most unevolutionary Placebo album...
I completely disagree.
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Now, now, friends. No fighting, only Placebo love!!!



Placebo are currently my favorite band, even surpassing U2. I first heard them about a year and half ago. I had read fan reviews criticizing Brian's voice before listening to any of their songs, so I was anxious to hear it. He can definitely sing, and while his voice is unique, I obviously don't find anything wrong with it. In fact, I think it's refreshing that he doesn't sound like everybody else out there...but I digress!

Placebo aren't for everyone, but I'd definitely give them a try. They've got great rocking songs, hypnotic ballads, and a couple of bouncy pop rock songs. And when I say rocking, it's in the way that I think some people wish U2 would rock. Just turn up the guitars and go for it, but still with melody and good songwriting. I saw them live a year ago and was thrilled at how good a show they put on. Their live concert DVD is fantastic.

If you get something by them, I agree that you might want to start with their recent greatest hits collection (called Once More With Feeling) and go from there. Or it might be fun to figure out which album you were listening to and get that one.

I'll stop now.
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I'm going to have to go get this. After reading about them here over the last year, I listened to some clips online and wasn't moved to buy anything but I have a feeling I just need a whole record.
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'Special Needs' is a great song. Got nothing on 'Special K' though.
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If you get something, joyful, let me know which one.

I put some Placebo on a mix for my sister. She's not a huge music fan, so she kinda likes what she likes and that's the end of it. But she said that after a couple listens, the Placebo songs started to grow on her and she ended up quite liking them. They may very well be a 'grower' band for a lot of people. Definitely worth the chance, though.

One thing that got me interested in Placebo was reading about the three guys in the band. Very interesting personalities, they love U2, the strange way that they met up to start the band, David Bowie's early support of the band, stories behind the lyrics, etc. And I wasn't really looking, I was just reading album reviews and the like. Knowing a little about them made the music more meaningful.
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If you get something, joyful, let me know which one.
Why not just tell me what to get.
I know you recommended the greatest hits but I'm actually not a big fan of greatest hits records. With most artists I tend to prefer the songs that aren't hits and like to get to know records the way the artist intended them to be listened to.
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