Placebo are one of the defining alternative rock bands of the past 20 years, with 12 million albums sold to date worldwide. The band’s self titled debut album helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music, acting as an antithesis to Britpop and 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 David Bowie, Robert Smith and Michael Stipe. The group played sold out tours and festival headline slots across the globe.

In 1996, as the UK was saturated with Britpop, Placebo were a psycho-sexual freakshow of ambiguous sexuality (and, to the casual observer, gender). They were only two years on from their debut gig (the Rock Garden, January 1995) and 12 months after their first single (‘Bruise Pristine’) when they released the career defining ‘Nancy Boy’ and achieved platinum status with their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album.

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