For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, Placebo have always had an impeccable way with a cover version. Starting with a take on Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe, way back in 1996, they have freely interpreted the songs of others to complement the originals. Their choice of covers; from Nick Drake to Boney M; Serge Gainsbourg to Depeche Mode, demonstrates Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal’s musical influences and heritage. Rather than keep their musical passions locked in an ivory tower, they approach each interpretation with an excitement to share what they love.

With its sledgehammer beat and Molko’s keening vocal, Life’s What You Make It, the lead track from last year’s EP of the same name, instantly reminds you of all the reasons you fell in love with Placebo. There is a great deal in common with the work of Talk Talk (who sang the original in 1986) and Placebo, both remained true to their artistic vision, even if that has sometimes meant not taking the easy route. The song’s message of making the best of circumstances strikes a particular chord in the challenging era in which we live.

“We covered Talk Talk’s Life’s What You Make It because it is a song from the 80s that we still liked, and wondered if we could replicate Gwen Stefani’s global smash hit with her band’s cover of It’s My Life. That remains to be seen…” Brian Molko says.

Rainbow’s accompanying film for Life’s What You Make It was shot in Agbogbloshie, a former wetland in the heart of Accra, in Ghana, which is home to one of the world’s largest electronic waste dumps. It sets an apocalyptic backdrop of first-world waste against the daily lives of those who inhabit this thoroughly otherworldly space.

“I think that it is important to stress that the video is not anti-technology,” Molko adds. “That would be ridiculous, considering how much it enriches our daily lives. To me, it is about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity that has not been chosen. We do, however, hope that it will make the viewer think about the repercussions of just throwing away tech that doesn’t work anymore. There are several new and ingenious ways to recycle tech these days. Some companies will even give you money for it. All it takes is a little more effort.”

We are delighted to announce that Placebo will be returning to the UK to play a run of dates in October.



Date Venue
Sat 7th Usher Hall Edinburgh
Sun 8th Caird Hall Dundee
Tue 10th The Dome Doncaster
Wed 11th Empress Ballroom Blackpool
Fri 13th Rivermead Reading
Sat 14th Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Mon 16th Guildhall Portsmouth
Tue 17th Oasis Swindon
Fri 20th Pavilions Plymouth
Sat 21st Civic Hall Wolverhampton
Mon 23rd O2 Brixton Academy London

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