So the other day I was comfortably ensconced, popcorn in hand, in the dark vastness of my local Hell Octaplex. When the pre-trailer music-radio played a new recording by Placebo called "Loud Like Love."
Now, Placebo is a band the very existence of whom I had managed to fail to notice until last week. But the radio announcer/dee-jay was kind enough to inform me that they've been around since the early 90s, are big in the UK, and in fact have sold 12 million albums worldwide (none of them to me, obviously).
In any case here's the track in question.
Three thoughts immediately occur upon contemplating it.
1. The song seems to be a pleasant enough, if ultimately mediocre, piece of 21st century folk-rock.
2. Is it just me, or does the singer sound unpleasantly like Neil Diamond in his "Coming to America" phase?
3. What kind of dumb fucking name is Placebo? I mean, what the hell -- some other band had already used Ersatz or Phony?