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There are multiple artists with this name: 1) A popular British rock band. 2) A Belgian jazz band. 3) A Canadian punk band. 4) A British post-punk duo.

1) Placebo is a three-piece alternative rock band, formed in London, United Kingdom, when former Luxembourg schoolmates Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal - who never actually spoke to each other at the time - met by accident at South Kensington train station in 1994. During their ‘accidental’ meet, Molko invited Olsdal to one of his gigs, where Olsdal was impressed by Molko’s unique vocals. While briefly known as Ashtray Heart, the band soon settled on the name Placebo, after the drug that has no active ingredient but works because the patient believes it does.

Soon after forming, the band could not decide on a permanent drummer, with Steve Hewitt (drums) and Robert Schultzberg both alternating on the spot. While Hewitt was the preferred choice, he was bound by other musical commitments as drummer for London-based band Breed, leading to Schultzberg being the drummer when the band signed its contract with Caroline Records. As time went on, Molko and Schultzberg began to drift apart as friends, which eventually led to Molko and Olsdal persuading Hewitt to rejoin the band shortly after their debut album was released.

Placebo is an alternative rock band formed in London in 1994, consisting of Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Forrest.
To date, they have released five studio albums, six EPs and twenty-seven singles.
They have sold over one million albums in the U.K. and over ten million worldwide.
The band states that they are "50% gay." Molko is bisexual, Olsdal is homosexual, Hewitt is straight.
The name Placebo was decided upon because around the time (mid-'90s) several bands were named after drugs. Placebo decided to name themselves after the one drug/medicine that actually doesn't work.



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