‘Life’s What You Make It’ by Placebo (Single)
The androgynous rock legends return with a surprising and thought-provoking new single, video and tour. But what should we expect?
A damn good, awesome song that’s what. “Life’s what you make it,” singer Brian Molko repeats throughout the chorus, which is handy as that is what the song’s called. And it has a distinctly Placebo sound: the electro beat keeping time with military precision at the back, Molko’s instantly recognisable vocals owning the front, and the rock/synth gooey centre dripping over the sides.
So it will come as a surprise to some that this is in fact a cover – the original was sung by Talk Talk back in 1986. The band have teamed up with director Sasha Rainbow for the video, which is set at an electronic waste dump in Ghana. It creates a post-apocalyptic world, but there is a strong sense of hope throughout.
The song is taken from the band’s EP of the same name, which was released back in October 2016. To coincide with the single’s release, the band have announced a UK tour for later this year.
Both Placebo and Rainbow have stayed true to the artistic vision, even if they have created something a little different from the original. This is certainly not a simple, straightforward cover version. And although there are strong parallels, they have created something new from old. Never has a collaboration between an artist and director worked so well.
Verdict: Placebo doing what they do best