Watch the video for their cover of 'Life's What You Make It' here
Julian Marszalek

12:15 5th June 2017

Placebo have announced details of a major UK tour, as well as releasing a specially commissioned film for their cover of Talk Talk’s ‘Life’s What You Make It’. You can watch the video below.

Placebo’s version originally appeared on an eponymous EP that was released last year but the new film has only just been released. Speaking of the cover, frontman Brian Molko told The Independent: “We covered Talk Talk’s ‘Life’s What You Make It’ because it is a song from the 80s that we still liked and we wondered if we could replicate Gwen Stefani’s global smash hit with her band’s cover of [Talk Talk’s] ‘It’s My Life’. That remains to be seen…”

The new video has been directed by Sasha Rainbow who has previously worked with Wild Beasts among others.

Shot in Agbogbloshie, a former wetland in the heart of Accra, Ghana, the video takes place in a huge electronic waste dump after the band’s brief stated that the video was to be based around the concept of e-waste.

Rainbow said of the film: "The two boys in the film live in this extraordinary place, which, for me, highlights a human’s ability to adapt with incredible strength, resilience, and humanity.

“I hoped to capture the environment in a dreamily meditative way that would at once juxtapose and yet synergise with the theme of the song and glimpse at a part of the repercussions of our current technological revolution. Technology on the one hand is enabling us to create things beyond our wildest imagination, and yet little discussion has been had about what to do with all our discarded e-waste."

Molko added: “The video is not anti-technology. It is about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity that has not been chosen.”

Tickets for Placebo’s tour go on sale at 9am, Friday, June 9, and the band play:


07 - Edinburgh, Usher Hall
08 – Dundee, Caird Hall
10 – Doncaster, Doncaster Dome
11 – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
13 – Reading, Rivermead
14 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
16 – Portsmouth, Guildhall
17 – Swindon, Oasis Centre
20 – Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions
21 – Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
23 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

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