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Placebo is a rock band founded in 1994. They enjoyed early success in Britain due to the high interest in British rock music at the time, sparked in particular by Oasis and Blur.
Placebo was founded when former Luxembourg schoolmates Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal met by accident at South Kensington tube station in 1994 and decided to form a band. While briefly known as Ashtray Heart, the band quickly settled on the name Placebo. The band could not decide on a drummer at first with Steve Hewitt and Robert Schultzberg alternating on the spot. While Hewitt was the preferred choice, he also had other commitments as drummer for London band Breed, leading to Schultzberg being the drummer when the band signed its contract with Caroline Records. The band officially say that "family commitments" was the reason for his absence. As the other band members were having difficulty getting on with Robert Schultzberg, they persuaded Hewitt to rejoin the band in 1996. The band gained some measure of notoriety for the sexualities of its members (Olsdal is gay, Hewitt is straight and Molko is bisexual) and their excessive lifestyles, often chronicled in their songs ...
|years active||1994– present|
|country||Formed in United Kingdom|
|music genre||Rock (music)|
|current members|| Brian Molko (1994-, vocals, guitar, keyboards)|
Steve Hewitt (1996-, drums)
Stefan Olsdal (1994-, Bass guitar