June 10, 2004
Where is Placebo from?

While listening to music by rock band Placebo with some friends yesterday, the question of where they were really from came up. Sweden, US, London, many different opinions were heard and no definitive information was at hand.

Today, Google and MTV solve the problem:

Due to their penchant for androgynous attire/makeup and raw guitar riffs, Placebo has been described by some as a glam version of Nirvana. The multi-national band was formed by singer/guitarist Brian Molko (part Scottish and American, but raised in Britain) and bassist Stefan Olsdal (originally from Sweden). Earlier, both had attended the same school in Luxembourg, but didn't cross paths properly until 1994 in London, England. Briefly called Ashtray Heart and influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth, the Pixies, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the aforementioned Nirvana, Placebo's drum slot was filled alternately early on by Robert Schultzberg and Steve Hewitt (the latter being the group's only member of British origin).

Source: MTV.com: Placebo bio

They're ... from all over the place ;-)

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