🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Placebo

Don’t come across all shy and coy, it’s time for this!

Spiritualized and Spacemen 3 both do quite well

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
No Doubt 2.10
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

And we move on…


  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

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  • Placebo
  • Without You I’m Nothing
  • Black Market Music
  • Sleeping With Ghosts
  • Meds
  • Battle For The Sun
  • Loud Like Love

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And from the Once More With Feeling compilation:

  • 36 Degrees
  • Teenage Angst
  • Nancy Boy
  • Bruise Pristine
  • Pure Morning
  • You Don’t Care About Us
  • Every You Every Me
  • Without You I’m Nothing
  • Taste In Men
  • Slave To The Wage
  • Special K
  • Black-Eyed
  • The Bitter End
  • This Picture
  • Special Needs
  • English Summer Rain
  • Protège Moi
  • I Do
  • Twenty Years

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This is going to need some thinking about. Love the first 3 albums, never bothered with the rest.

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Was a massive fan of theirs as a late teenager; had a 6ftx4ft Placebo poster in my uni bedroom. Went to see them at the student union - looking back, it was remarkably rowdy (there was some bloke windmilling! At a Placebo gig).

Haven’t really listened to them much since uni. Revisited them after someone mentioning them on here, and thought the production sounded pretty dated and weedy. Nevertheless, a solid 3 for the good times.

WYIN for both best album and best song.

Voting 5 based purely on a snapshot in time over 20 years ago. Any band that had me that fanatical about their music and live shows, even if short lived, deserves enough credit in the bank to warrant a 5.


Brian Molko on the front cover of my rough book, Richey Edwards on the back. Both so beautiful.

They were brilliant live.


4 for WYIN alone

*really great at covers too


I remember them changing the lines in bigmouth strikes again from “walkman started to melt” to “discman started to melt” to make it more up to the minute… :sweat_smile:


“wifi dropped out…”

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arms or other?

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Gone for a 4, they were an important band for me and a friend at school, so have some great memories of hanging out and going to gigs together.

I’m also a big fan of Battle for the Sun, was really into that album at the time even if it hasn’t stuck with people as much as their earlier stuff.

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Fists I think. IIRC, some bloke with his shirt off, threatening to punch anyone who came into his circle.

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Please do not come near me. Take a step back from the circle and prepare to die!

I was at just the right age to fall for Placebo when they appeared. But I didn’t. Because they’re rubbish.


I’ve seen them live more than many other bands due their ubiquity at festivals in the mid 90s and reckon I saw a couple of actual shows too. My liking for them is based mostly on the early singles especially Teenage Angst which is by far their best song. Went off them when Pure Morning came out and not been much of a fan since.


i fucking hate Placebo.


Shite/10, couple of bangers, but naff otherwise


They’re alright, my ex was huge into them, went to see em in Edinburgh with her, nice aul gig. They were never gonna be “my” band though. Generous 3 I guess

Only know some the singles which are getting votes (if I swap Bruise Pristine out for You Don’t Care About Us).

Offhand I wouldn’t have said I liked Placebo but none of the songs I know are bad, a handful of very good singles songs in there with a real clarity of sound, but I would never have listened to an album. I think the androgyny and the appeal with goths was a bit too much for me from a band whose debut album came out the same year 14 year old me was enjoying Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, etc.

Will abstain as I’m not going to go and listen to a full album, and I’m certainly not going to listen to the 36(!) track best-of on Spotify, but will put a few singles on.