'We're less willing to sacrifice our feelings': Placebo's Brian Molko admits he's tired of being fetishised due to the 'demand it places on him'... as he revamps rock star image

  • The band's frontman, 49, and bassist Stefan Olsdal, 47, were famous for glamourising psycho-sexual fantasies in the 90s, but have had a change of heart following their reunion last year after a five year hiatus
  • Brian said: 'We've had s**tloads of time to think about the demands that are placed on us – being photographed and fetishised and surveilled – and how it makes us feel'

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Placebo's Brian Molko has admitted he's tired of being fetishised, following years of wearing lipstick while singing about drugs and sex with different genders.

The band's frontman, 49, and bassist Stefan Olsdal, 47, were famous for glamourising psycho-sexual fantasies in the 90s, but have had a change of heart following their reunion last year after a five year hiatus.

He told Vice: 'We've had s**tloads of time to think about the demands that are placed on us – being photographed and fetishised and surveilled – and how it makes us feel.'

Surprise: Placebo's Brian Molko has admitted he's tired of being fetishised, following years of wearing lipstick while singing about drugs and sex with different genders (pictured right with bassist Stefan Olsdal)

Adding that they're 'less willing to sacrifice their feelings and souls to the band', the Nancy Boy songster confessed the pair have coped with their 'shyness' about returning to the limelight by distorting their images.

He continued: 'We were also thinking about how nobody presents themselves in the world today without some kind of filter, so we thought that we would take that Instagram aesthetic and push it as far as we could with distortion and filtering.  

'For me, it was also about trying to create discomfort. My friend and mentor David Bowie always used to say, "If you're feeling comfortable, you're doing it wrong."'

Throwback: The singer, 49, (pictured in 1999) was famous for glamourising psycho-sexual fantasies in the 90s, but have had a change of heart following their reunion last year after a five year hiatus

After drummer Steve Forrest decided to give up his role in the group in 2015, Stefan questioned whether he 'had it in him' to embark on a new album.

He went on to reveal that it was Brian's enthusiasm that inspired him to head into the studio, leading to the creation of their ninth LP Never Let Me Go.

Placebo fans went wild in September when the alternative rock band released new single, Beautiful James, half a decade after dropping their last album, A Place for Us To Dream.

Brian appeared on BBC Radio 6 on Thursday to tease the upcoming track, where he admitted he was nervous for fans to hear it. 

Iconic: Brian (left) said: 'For me, it was also about trying to create discomfort. My friend and mentor David Bowie (right) always used to say, "If you're feeling comfortable, you're doing it wrong"' (pictured in 1999)

However, they were met with a fantastic response as listeners took to Twitter to give their verdicts, saying: 'OMG! The world is healing' - following the single's delayed release due to the pandemic.

In full capitals, one user wrote, 'HELLO THIS IS SO GOOD,' as others chimed in with, 'I LOVE IT!!!' and 'Yessss!!!' followed by four red heart emojis.

'I love you,' added an admirer while another's comment could almost be heard by those who came across it: 'YOURE AMAZING ITS AMAZING THE WORLD IS HEALING [sic].'

In early 2020, the the MTV EMA winners were ready to go on tour because their untitled album was nearing completion following a set of gruelling sessions in their home studio over 2019, Brian revealed during his on-air interview.

'OMG! It's amazing': Placebo fans went wild in September when the alternative rock band released new single, Beautiful James, half a decade after dropping their last album, A Place for Us To Dream 

'I don’t think I’ve ever been nervous and now, after this pause, I'm finding everything that I was used-to being new and nerve-racking to me so it’s different,' Molko told presenter Matt Everitt. 

'We had decided already that Beautiful James would be the first single so we had a lot of confidence, we had a lot of get-up-and-go.

'Then obviously what happened happened and so everything was kind of delayed by about two years now,' he said of the coronavirus pandemic bringing their plans to a holt. 

Formed in 1994, Brian and Stefan make up the band's current line-up, which once featured Robert Schultzberg, 46, Steve Hewitt, 50, and Steve Forrest, 34. 

Admitting he has a 'boredom problem', Brian claimed it informs the way that he works and led him to present bandmate Stefan with images first, rather than music.

'I wanted to do everything backwards so let’s choose an album cover before we write any music. Here’s a list of song titles which I’ve been writing over the past five years. Let’s start with the song titles instead of starting with the music,' he said.

'Let's do everything that we do last, first. Let’s do this whole album without a drummer because there's been a drummer on every album so far.

'I just needed to do it backwards at the beginning so I could feel like I was doing something different,' he added. 

Victory: Steven Forrest (L), Stefan Olsdal (C) and Brian (R) of Placebo won Best Alternative Band at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2009 (pictured in 2009)

An insomnia sufferer, the hitmaker went on to reveal that the album's lead single was initially called Bad Piano because he had recorded its melody onto his phone at five o'clock in the morning following a sleepless night.

'I really want each person who cares enough to listen to the record to find their own story. I fully expect people to ask me all the time, "Who's Beautiful James?"

'Well, I don’t know. Who’s your favourite James? James Corden or James Brown? Who is James to you and is James even a man?

'These are questions I’m not going to answer, I want people to answer themselves,' he concluded.

Talented: Admitting he has a 'boredom problem', Brian claimed it informs the way that he works and led him to present bandmate Stefan (right) with images first, rather than music (pictured in 1997)

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