UK androgynous alt-rock outfit Placebo have kickstarted their 20th Anniversary celebrations by making their entire back catalogue available on Rdio.
The band’s self titled first album helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music acting as an antithesis to Britpop, inspiring a generation of bands to follow them. Placebo went on to claim their place in British music history with five top ten albums in the UK, collaborating with music legends including amongst others David Bowie, Robert Smith of The Cure and R.E.M's Michael Stipe, as well as playing sold out tours and festival headline slots across the globe.
2016 marks 20 years since the band released their eponymous seminal first album and to honour the momentous achievement, the act will release one album a day over the course of the week:
The moving, angst and gritty self titled debut focused largely on themes of drugs, sex, gender confusion and bisexuality. Features 'Teenage Angst' and smash single 'Nancy Boy'
A critical and commercial success, the band's sophomore offering, particularly the track 'Pure Morning' saw them break the US, largely due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for rich-teen-sex-romp film Cruel Intentions. A seemingly more personal and romantically inclined release lyrically.
Dedicated to music publicist Scott Piering, who died of cancer in early 2000, the band's third LP stayed true to their dark guitar-rock sound and was received well critically, however not as strong commercially as their last. Includes singles 'Special K' and 'Taste In Men'.
As the title suggests, songwriter Brian Moloko was largely inspired to cathartically write about relationships for the album, purging and processing the events of the past decade. Widely accepted as the album that saw them somewhat step away from their "glam-rock" tendencies into a heavier sound.
Again as the title suggests, the theme of alcohol is prevalent throughout this album. The band worked with producer Dimitri Tikovoi to go 'back to basics' and deliver a signature Placebo dark rock album. Includes guest appearances from Micheal Stipe & Alison Mosshart of The Kills.
Battle For The Sun (2009)
Working with producer David Botrill (Tool, Muse, Silverchair), the band deliberately pursued a more positive, lighter approach to songwriting and composition, even utilising new instruments such as trumpet and saxophone.