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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. Today, we feel, may be their finest hour in this capacity…
 
Placebo return with brand new video and announce UK tour dates
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. 
 
On the video, the brief that the band put out to prospective directors was short, simple and open to interpretation: “e-waste, please!” 
 
It’s not that Placebo were inundated with appropriate responses. Brian continues, “The only director who actually came back to us with a treatment about e-waste was Sasha Rainbow. I called her up to sound her out and discovered that I was speaking to a very brave and passionate woman.”
 
‘Life’s What You Make It’ continues Placebo’s remarkable run of singles, and its accompanying short film will provide one of the most thought-provoking moments you’ll have all year. We’re hooked, are you?
 
In other news, Placebo have announced a run of UK live shows this October. 
 
Placebo will play:
 
October 07 | Edinburgh Usher Hall
October 08 | Dundee Caird Hall
October 10 | Doncaster Dome
October 11 | Blackpool Empress Ballroom
October 13 | Reading Rivermead
October 14 | Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
October 16 | Portsmouth Guildhall
October 17 | Swindon Oasis
October 20 | Plymouth Pavilions
October 21 | Wolverhampton Civic Hall
October 23 | London O2 Brixton Academy
 
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    Usher Hall, in Edinburgh

    Sat, 7 Oct 2017

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    Doncaster Dome, in Doncaster

    Tue, 10 Oct 2017

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    Empress Ballroom, in Blackpool

    Wed, 11 Oct 2017

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    Rivermead Leisure Complex, in Reading

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017

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    Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, in Cardiff

    Sat, 14 Oct 2017

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    Portsmouth Guildhall, in Portsmouth

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017

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    Oasis Leisure Centre, in Swindon

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017

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    Plymouth Pavilions, in Plymouth

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017

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    Wolverhampton Civic Hall, in Wolverhampton

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017

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    O2 Academy Brixton, in London

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017

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