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It was the time of New Labour, New Britain (hmm), and kissing a poster of Damon Albarn every night before bed – king of our beloved Britpop boys, for whom sweaty fringes, bucket hats and tracksuits were the uniform.
Britpop defined a generation musically, but among the crowds of Blur, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Ash, and a shed load more, it was Placebo who represented the ‘others’, throwing a gender queer, sexually fluid spanner into a music scene dominated by laddish masculinity.
was all about this – charting the rise of the UK’s biggest Britpop bands it featured almost everyone imaginable on its cover, including Molko.
But unlike his peers’ appearances of typically long greasy hair and Diadora sports-jackets, Brian Molko is pictured from above, with his nipples exposed, his jet black hair centre parted, face whitened, lips reddened and eyes darkened. ’ headline, the cover read ‘Placebo: the filthiest band in Britain’.
21 years after dropping their (still excellent) self-titled debut, they remain an influence.
Just look to Rory Parnell-Mooney’s AW16 show, which referenced both the androgynous swagger of Molko and the band’s smash single “Nancy Boy”.
Molko was in fact credited with bringing back goth, for which he shirks any responsibility.He's always depressed and he also realize that he is gonna die of cancer, u know y?