The Joup Friday Album: Placebo – Meds

Meds“No, the blues are because you’re getting fat or maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. You’re afraid, and you sweat like hell, but you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Except something bad is going to happen, only you don’t know what it is. You’ve had that feeling?”

Welcome to the start of Chicago winter.

I’m going to apologize right off the bat for quoting Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but it sums up my emotional state during fall perfectly. As soon as Daylight Savings Time ends, the darkness just takes over. It makes 7 p.m. feel like midnight. This catalyst to the absolute desolation that we call winter transforms me from a healthy, well-adjusted adult to a brooding teenager. There is only one remedy. I need to sit alone, play the first angst-ridden beautiful album I can grab at full volume, and scream the lyrics. Tears are optional.

There are very few musical options I find more cathartic for me in this situation than Placebo’s fifth album, Meds.

It was rather late in the game when I finally dug my teeth into Placebo’s music. They were that band with those two songs from the Cruel Intentions soundtrack. “Pure Morning,” and to a lesser extent, “Every You, Every Me,” infected local alternative radio play when I was a sophormore in high school. It was really, really good. Then, Eminem’s “Slim Shady,” came out, so the trendy movie about rich teens with unrealstic problems got pushed aside for poor people with unrealistic problems. That may not be the real order of things, but I can bet that I’m close.

It wasn’t until I started dating my husband that Placebo was even mentioned to me again. It was 2007, and Meds had come out the year prior, and this dude I had just started dating wanted to show off a bit of his musical taste so he burnt me an album. I had just spent a year put through quite the ringer, and Meds was buckshot to the chest. It lived in my CD player. I probably fell in love with it faster than I fell in love with Chris.

This album still resonates with me almost nine years later. Brian Molko’s voice propels an extra level of angst to the whole thing. On days where nothing is going right, and I’m feeling a little too bitter about the world around me, “Drag” has become the voice in my head reaffirming all of my envious doom and gloom. Songs like “Meds” and “Because I Want You”  bring back memories of doe-eyed lost loves from past relationships.

It’s the perfect album to wallow in, because every once in a while, that’s just what we all need to do.

Shawn, you care to take next week?

2 Responses to The Joup Friday Album: Placebo – Meds
  1. Shawn C. Baker Reply

    This post is exactly why we do this column – Meds was in my collection for years and I never “got it”. Admittedly I was never in the right headspace for it though. Well Katie, I put this on my earbuds this morning and at and sunk in so completely that the first two tracks gave me CHILLS. (they did on the second time through too). I am now very much interested in this band and need to buy the record – not sure where that long-ignored copy went. I’m also chomping at the bit to hear their first two records after reading Chester’s comment.

    I love discovering new ‘old’ music!

  2. Chester Whelks Reply

    I grew up with the first two Placebo albums and adore them, but they cometely lost me after that. I know a couple of fanatics who I’ve asked to make me a post ‘Without You, I’m Nothing’ playlist to showcase to me that they hadn’t completely lost their way. I’ll give Meds a spin and hope its Placebo.

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