"It's ironic how we came up with the name Placebo," says Brian of the band once known as Ashtray Heart."When we formed in the mid-1990s, there were so many bands calling themselves after drugs, like Codeine. Then we saw about 40,000 people screaming our name out loud, and I actually thought it was kind of funny, because we'd sort of gone against the grain by naming the band after a drug that doesn't work!Although Molko was brought up in a strict household that disapproved of artistic expression (his father wanted him to become a banker), he rebelled by assuming an androgynous image, wearing nail polish, lipstick, and eyeliner, and listening to punk music. He played Malcolm, a singer of the fictional glam rock band, "The Flaming Creatures", who resembled the early Alice Cooper band. His pedalboard consisted of a Boss TU-2 chromatic tuner, Electro Harmonix Holy Grail reverb, MXR Phase 90 phaser, two Electro Harmonix Hot Tubes distortion units, Boss DD-3 delay, MXR Distortion booster, MG Monovibe chorus/vibrato, Electro Harmonix No.He initially attended the European School of Luxembourg (ESL), but left due to excessive bullying. During Placebo's live performances Molko has played a number of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, harmonica and saxophone. 1 Echo delay and a Radial Loopbone effect chain switcher.
Brian Molko's father wanted him to follow in his footsteps and become a banker, but the Placebo frontman was determined to carve out a career in music instead.
It's been quite a ride since Molko first met the band's bassist Stefan Olsdal by chance in a London Tube station.
Placebo singer Brian Molko has placed all eight of the band’s albums in order of his personal preference.
We never really managed to have a conversation that lasted longer than seven minutes at a time. [Laughs]" The last time I cooked for someone"Probably about two weeks ago.
" The last time I deleted my browsing history"Yesterday. I've been doing a juice cleanse recently, so my diet's been liquid for the past week.