Placebo is an alternative, post-punk band which emerged out of London in the mid ‘90s out from depths of bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Ash. Consisting of Brian Molko (guitarist), Stefan Olsdal (bass guitarist) and Steve Hewitt (drummer, previously was Robert Schultzberg).
Molko and Olsdal met at the American International School of Luxembourg and Placebo went onto achieve success with their self-titled album reaching the top five in the UK Album Chart. Hit tunes include "Nancy Boy", "Teenage Angst" and "Come Home".
The band opened up for David Bowie and also went onto release a popular version of "20th Century Boy" by T-Rex. Their second and third album focused on their progressive sound and the band caused controversy with their drug-related song titles - making them even more famous on the indie scene.
Placebo went onto release Sleeping with Ghosts (2003) and went on tour across South America and also appeared on stage with The Cure at Wembley Stadium.
Drummer Steve Hewitt left the band in 2007 and Robert Schultzberg took over in the band and they rose up again through the ashes in 2009 with their album Battle for the Sun (2009) which was played on Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio One.