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“They're far too macho for me”

~ Limp Bizkit on Placebo

The placebo effect is the name given to a special phenomenon observed for the first time around 1994, and still observed today. It happens when a loud mediocre rock band start utilizing several obvious gimmicks to promote themselves. If the obviousness and lack of quality is obscured enough, the band may actually be very successful for a short amount of time until the public discovers the smokescreen.

Implementations of the placebo effect[edit]

Most used gimmicks for attempted Placebo effect launch.

  • Dress as flamboyantly as you can.
  • Keep lyrics short and make sure they rhyme, regardless of how cliché it sounds.
  • Repeat ad nauseum.
  • Demonstrate your gayness.
  • Whine about how you are depressed, on drugs, going to kill yourself.
  • Write and act as depressed as you possibly can.
  • Make the same album over and over and over again.
  • Redo the first album and claim a totally new style.
  • Claim you invented styles which have been in use years before.

These gimmicks should be enough to enjoy a short period where the public are perceiving you as being interesting , cultural and/or deeply intelligent. This effect only lasts for about a year. After that people will acknowledge the fact that the band members are, in fact, a bunch of whiners that repeat themselves over and over and over and over again.

After the effects have subsided most people will go back listening to proper music.

The Band Placebo[edit]

The band.

The name for the placebo effect comes from the band Placebo that followed the instruction book so precisely that it could have been written by them. The pinpoint accuracy in executing the effect is uncanny.

Placebo are an androgynous ensemble, who are famous for wearing skirts and occasionally lolita dresses on every tour, sometimes adding multiple layers of petticoats. The band is comprised of Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Forrest, although in a recent interview Brian and Stef admitted that their real names are Alex Sphincter and Hans Liebsaft. The lead singer, Brian Molko, a French/American/Belgian/Cockney/Alien man-turn-woman-turn-man, is well known for his whining voice and orgasms on stage. Steve, the drummer, is known for his regular whining in the tour bus, "My true inspiration" as Brian puts it. Stefan is the only true man in this band, but is often mistaken for a hairy chick on stilts. The sexuality of all three members was often disputed and left many fans and scientists in wonder.

They first flounced onto the music scene in 1354, But due to a freak wormhole opening in the space-time continuum, they are commonly known to have began in 1996.

The strongest, and questionably most successful, technique used by Placebo is whining. They seriously whine about everything, but instead it sounds very deep and cultural in a strange, almost hypnotic sort of way. The typical placebo effect.

All three band members have twisted enjoyment in spreading their "musical" influences to other bands or musical talents. Examples include: Brian Molko singing about various school topics (e.g. "Carbon Kid" with MountainStars, "The Metric System" with Garbage Castle) and Pepto Bismal ("Pink Water" 2 & 3 with Icelandic band Indochine); Stevie assisting two different bands (The Boo Diddlys and Procreate); Stefan with his family about censorship ("Beep Beep"), a Mexican band (Hotel Persona) about various Mexican-related topics such as children and various bodies of water ("Modern Kids" and "El Mar", respectively).

They are well known for their songs about crack ("Pure Whining About Weed"), effeminate males ("Whining Nancy Boys"), and their complaints about earthen terrain ("Whining About That Hill").

Other bands that have used some form of the placebo effect[edit]

See also[edit]