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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elevator Music/Virgin
  • ASIN: B003B2B5UI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Running Up That Hill
  2. Where Is My Mind (XFM Live Version)
  3. Bigmouth Strikes Again
  4. Johnny And Mary
  5. 20th Century Boy
  6. The Ballad Of Melody Nelson ('Ballade De Melody Nelson')
  7. Holocaust
  8. I Feel You
  9. Daddy Cool
  10. Jackie

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BBC Review

The very idea of a covers album may have connotations of a concept employed by waning pop artists taking a stab at swing music. However, this collection of re-readings from post-Britpop neo-glam bastions Placebo is an entirely different entity. A smattering of B sides, live favourites and other rarities make Covers a one-artist compilation album as opposed to a from-scratch covers project, and it functions all the better for it.

Originally released as a bonus disc to accompany 2003 album Sleeping With Ghosts, then given a limited standalone push in 2007, Covers finally warrants a full release in its own right. And headed up by their sullen, cerebral take on Running Up That Hill (a long-established Placebo catalogue staple), its appeal, unlike its sporadic life as an album thus far, is immediate.

An interpretation of Depeche Mode's I Feel You is among the more dependable covers, as is their 20th Century Boy, originally recorded for the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack. Elsewhere, a radio session take on the Pixies' Where Is My Mind–surprisingly polished for a live version–operates as both a tribute and a display of fandom towards a band whose influence in Placebo's output is unmistakable.

Its decade-straddling compilation aspect makes Covers all the more extraordinary, its constancy completely steadfast. The lone exception to the brilliance comes via an oddly faithful version of Boney M's Daddy Cool, which has to be consumed as the side dish to a sizeable main portion of irony to stomach; and yet, its clunky audacity is admirable.

Where an album of this type is often one for the fans, it's doubtful there's a Placebo devotee that doesn't already have a copy of Covers knocking about. Rather, it's something to turn the heads of the music fans for whom Placebo have never fully broken the surface, and even more commendably for an album without a solitary Placebo original, it sells their incomparable brand of dark, licentious rock beautifully. --Al Fox

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Placebo have covered a wide range of songs here here, my favourites being covers of the Smiths "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and Kate Bush's "Running Up that Hill". I love the originals, and placebo have successfully recorded reimaginings which are sufficiently different (and placeboesque) to be interesting, but without sounding different for the sake of it.
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Placebo as a band never merely cover songs. They make them their own. Where fans of the original versions of these songs may have their gripes and Placebo fan will be in love with this album. Personal favourite has got to be Daddy Cool, I know its unlikely but I hope they play it in concert in March.
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Placebo manage to put their own personal touch to the various songs they cover, the most successfully with "Bigmouth Strikes Again" "Running Up that Hill", which are superb. Other covers are surprise choices and wouldn't have necessarily been my cup of tea. But overall, this is a consistently good album which shows how versatile Placebo can be. Well worth buying!
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I had heard Running up that hill on the radio, my husband alerted me to this album which I think is great. Brian's voice is so verstile it was like some tracks were made for him to sing, even loved Daddy Cool. If you are Placebo fan of a certain age,you'll know the words and be singing along in no time.
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By JoJo on 21 Feb. 2011
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This album is amazing! Am a loyal Placebo fan anyway but their covers are way better than the originals, Brian's voice just adds everything. Love the way they cover songs that you just didn't think they ever would. My faves have to be Running Up That Hill, 20th Century Boy and Daddy Cool. The only song I'm not really keen on is Jackie as it doesn't really seem to suit them but apart from that the album is great - buy it!!!
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A great album with some well known tunes done as cover versions by Placebo, done in their own style. very quick delivery - very happy.
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Great album,just shows their versatility. Can anyone tell me who did the original version of 'Jackie' please as it's bugging me.
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