Placebo at 20

Placebo at 20

Next year will mark 20 years since Placebo released their eponymous seminal album.

To celebrate this upcoming anniversary, the band is making its entire back catalogue available to stream for the very first time. Beginning today, and over the course of the week, the band will release one album each day in chronological order.

Monday, February 16 – Placebo
Tuesday, February 17 – Without You I’m Nothing
Wednesday, February 18 – Black Market Music
Thursday, February 19 – Sleeping With Ghosts
Friday, February 20 – Meds
Saturday, February 21 – Battle For The Sun
Sunday, February 22 – Covers*
*Originally released with Sleeping With Ghosts as a bonus disc

Placebo formed in 1994 after Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal met in a London tube station.

The duo have remained a constant through the years, while a series of drummers have come and gone, including Robert Schultzberg (’94-’96), Steve Hewitt (’96-’07) and Steve Forrest (’08-’14). Former Colour of Fire drummer Matt Lunn has joined the band starting this year.

Known for their androgynous image and musical content, though the band name was a sarcastic critique on a then-popular trend to name a band after a drug. Despite that their music has frequently dealt with themes drugs and LGBT issues.

Placebo has long defied genre categorization, at times being compared to glam rock, progressive rock, industrial rock, punk, post-punk and grunge.

The band’s self titled  debut helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music acting as an antithesis to Britpop, inspiring a generation of bands to follow.

Placebo went on to claim their place in British music history with all seven of their studio albums reaching the top 20 in the U.K, and selling 11 million records worldwide.

They have collaborated with music legends including David Bowie, Robert Smith and Michael Stipe, and played sold out tours and festival headline slots across the globe.

Keep checking back throughout the week to stream Placebo’s full discography for the first time, available here in TIDAL HiFi quality.

 

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