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Never Let Me Go

    In September, Placebo resurfaced from a long hibernation to release their first single in five years – and first from the new album - ‘Beautiful James’. A joyous and celebratory song, it came quietly loaded with antagonism for the increasingly prominent, ignorant, factions that have come to litter modern conversation. As Brian Molko commented at the time, “If the song serves to irritate the squares and the uptight, so gleefully be it.”

    As great masters in cataloguing the human condition, Placebo’s unique way of examining both its flaws and beauty finds fertile ground in 2021. Crawling out of the pandemic into a landscape of intolerance, division, tech-saturation and imminent eco-catastrophe, theirs is a voice that has rarely felt more significant to contemporary discourse, and more appropriate to sing these stories to the world. Within the magnetic slow-burn of new track ‘Surrounded By Spies’ no punches are pulled in confronting the erosion of civil liberties, as Brian Molko’s deft lyrical delivery is married to a creeping sense of claustrophobia that fittingly makes the walls feel as though they are closing in from all around.

    Brian Molko comments:

    “I began writing the lyrics when I discovered my neighbors were spying on me on behalf of parties with a nefarious agenda. I then began to ponder the countless ways in which our privacy has been eroded and stolen since the introduction of worldwide CCTV cameras that now employ racist facial recognition technologies; the rise of the internet and the cellphone, which has turned practically every user into a paparazzo and spectators in their own lives, and how we have mostly all offered up personal information to enormous multinationals whose sole intent is to exploit us.

    I used the cut-up technique invented by William S Burroughs and popularized in modern song by David Bowie. It’s a true story told through a lens of paranoia, complete disgust for modern society’s values and the deification of surveillance capitalism. The narrator is at the end of their tether, hopeless and afraid, completely at odds with our newfound progress and the god of money.”


    1. Forever Chemicals
    2. Beautiful James
    3. Hugz
    4. Happy Birthday In The Sky
    5. The Prodigal
    6. Surrounded By Spies
    7. Try Better Next Time
    8. Sad White Reggae
    9. Twin Demons
    10. Chemtrails
    11. This Is What You Wanted
    12. Went Missing
    13. Fix Yourself



      Originally released in July 1996 and now available on standard weight black vinyl, ‘Placebo’ is the debut studio album from the critically acclaimed Placebo.


      Come Home
      Teenage Angst
      36 Degrees
      Hang On To Your IQ
      Nancy Boy
      I Know
      Bruise Pristine
      Lady Of The Flowers


      Without You I'm Nothing

        Originally released in October 1998 and now available on standard weight black vinyl, ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ is the second album from the critically acclaimed Placebo.


        Pure Morning
        Brick Shithouse
        You Don’t Care About Us
        Ask For Answers
        Without You I’m Nothing
        Allergic (To Thoughts Of Mother Earth)
        The Crawl
        Every You Every Me
        My Sweet Prince
        Summer’s Gone
        Scared Of Girls
        Burger Queen


        1973 - 180g Vinyl Edition

          Dusty Groove say: 'Seminal sounds from Placebo - one of the hippest electric groups going on the European scene of the early 70s, thanks to some great keyboards and electronics from the legendary Marc Moulin! Placebo's sound here is a unique approach to funky jazz - one that certainly draws from the electric modes of the American scene, and without any of the jamming elements of other Euro fusion groups - but there's also a touch of rockish inflection at points too - especially in the way the rhythms have a tightly pulsating groove. There's none of the indulgence of prog, but there's definitely a lineage going on somewhere in the mix too - and in addition to Moulin's keyboards, the group also features great horns from Nick Fissette, Alex Socrier, and Richard Rousselet.' I agree with them.

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