did you forget to take your meds?

November 8, 2006

Meds singleit’s been a while since Placebo has released a video that i’ve really liked.  it might just be their habit of recycling themes and styles (“Slave to the Wage”, “Special K”, “Infra-Red”), or it may be that they just haven’t had a really great single for a while.  “Because I Want You” was an awesome lead single from their new album Meds, but for some reason, it was released only in the UK.  the rest of the world had “Song to Say Goodbye” as their motivation to buy the new album.  neither single, however, had a particularly good video – “Because I Want You” is a performance clip, while “Song to Say Goodbye” was…  well, let’s face it, a little depressing.

finally, though, they’ve released the standout title track from Meds.  the video was shot while the band was touring, and while the concept is pretty simple, the execution is brilliant, creating a clip that is Fear and Loathing Placebo-style.  the breathy female vocals are courtesy of VV from the Kills, who also makes an appearance in the video.

here are downloadable videos for all the singles from Meds.  the last three were found via antville, which is often one of the first places i go to look for clips.  you can also purchase most Placebo videos on various dvd and cd releases which you can buy online at the official Placebo site.

update:  the latest (and last?) single from Meds is “Follow the Cops Back Home”, one of my favourite tracks from the album, but once again, has a pretty lame video.  i found it at antville, where there is a discussion about whether this is a clever homage to the old slow-motion Maxell adverts, or if it’s just really, really boring.  however, it turns out there’s another version – probably the “official finished version” – on YouTube, which is somewhat more interesting than the one posted at antville (it’s not one long continuous shot, for a start).  and if you still can’t sit through three minutes of excruciating slow motion, here you can watch the entire video in five seconds.  seriously.  anyway, i converted the YouTube clips and have included all versions below.  apparently, this single will be a US-only release, which means many of us won’t be subjected to repeated screenings on music television, but ultimately just makes it harder for collectors like myself to buy the actual single.  

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