2020 rings in the 20th anniversary of Placebo’s beloved third album Black Market Music. To celebrate, the band has completed filming of a four-part video-series – “Black Market Music Stories” – which sees bassist Stef visit treasured locations and walk viewers through the writing, recording, touring, and personal stories, that would shape the conception of the album. Featuring new and archive footage, it includes interviews with the people who were key to bringing the album into the world – producers, singers and other collaborators, managers and more offer their memories of the time. Episode 1 is available to watch now below. Subscribe to the series in full HERE.

The band comments: “With our chests out, riding high on the success of our second album, we entered the studio to record Black Market Music. We were full of bravado and confidence and proceeded to create our most visceral, dark and poppy collection of songs to date.  Here’s a humble nod to its 20th birthday.”

Black Market Music came together as the band saw their notoriety swelling exponentially in the wake of breakout successes with their self-titled debut, and the follow-up Without You I’m Nothing. Reaching #6 in the Official UK Album Charts and spawning the singles “Taste in Men”, “Slave to the Wage”, “Special K” and “Black-Eyed”, it is a record that by the band’s own admission was created during the height of their “party phase”.

Black Market Music was also released into a new world, one in which mainstream chart interest was moving away from late-era grunge and instead setting its gaze on rap-rock and nu-metal, genres that the album resultingly put in its cross-hairs as it rallied against the macho – and sometimes misogynistic and homophobic – image of the scene. The introduction of hip-hop MC Justin Warfield to “Spite & Malice” was done in-part to show that the style needn’t be constantly draped in aggression.

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A string of rarely seen online festival replays to be broadcast in full through the summer

Starting this week Placebo will premiere full festival performances from across their career. In the wake of a whole summer of festival appearances being unfortunately cancelled due to Coronavirus, the Placebo vaults have been opened to unveil a string of iconic festival sets, rarely seen since their first recording. Footage dates all the way back to their debut album era in 1996 and, running for the next 6 weeks, completes in 2015 as the band toured their most recent album Loud Like Love.

The first of the festival sets to premiere will be Phoenix Festival ’96, which took place in Stratford Upon Avon, UK. Placebo had just released their self-titled debut album and took to “The Phoenix Stage” itself, ahead of that day’s headliner – future friend and collaborator – David Bowie. The set premieres on the band’s YouTube channel this Friday August 14th – subscribe to the band’s channel HERE and make sure to set a reminder for each following premiere. Exclusive merch will also be available for fans HERE.

The full schedule for the festival sets is as follows
 
Aug 14 – Phoenix UK, 1996
Aug 21 – Belfort France, 1997
Aug 28 – Paleo Switzerland, 2009
Sept 4 – Guadalajara Mexico, 2009
Sept 11 – Sziget Budapest, 2012
Sept 12 – Arenal Spain, 2014
Sept 18 – Viva Latino, Mexico 2014
Sept 19 – Positivus Latvia, 2015

 

The band offered the following comment about the upcoming online tour: We were very disappointed that we couldn’t play live for you this summer, but even so we wanted to go on tour. To replace us playing in person, we dug out some videos from the archives and are hosting our own ’summer tour.’ These are the ‘Lost Tapes’, a series of festival concerts spanning 24 years, some never seen before. Each will premiere on YouTube so subscribe, set reminders and whatever else you need to prepare. We’ll see you there!!

Lotsa love,
xx Placebo

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Placebo celebrate 20 years of their iconic album “Without You I’m Nothing” with the launch of new fan-site featuring new interviews and exclusive content

October 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Placebo’s iconic second album Without You I’m Nothing. In celebration, the band have launched a fan-site which not only brings together classic live performance footage and photographs from the era, but exclusive new content and new interviews as well. Importantly, it has been created as a place for fans to share and contribute their own photos and memories of what the album means to them.

View the new site HERE

There is also the chance for fans to win one of two 12” Without You I’m Nothing (ft. David Bowie) vinyl singles and one of five Without You I’m Nothingheavyweight vinyl albums, simply by tagging a post on Twitter or Instagram with #WYIN20.

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