Special K (song)

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"Special K"
Single by Placebo
from the album Black Market Music
Released 19 March 2001
Format CD, 12" single
Recorded Late 1999 – mid 2000 at Olympic Studios, Townhouse Studios and Moody Studios, London
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:51
Label Virgin, Hut
Writer(s) Placebo
Producer(s) Paul Corkett, Placebo
Placebo singles chronology
"Slave to the Wage"
(2000)
"Special K"
(2001)
"Black-Eyed"
(2001)

"Special K" is a single by British alternative rock band Placebo, released on 19 March 2001 on CD and 12" vinyl, taken from their third album Black Market Music. The title is slang for Ketamine, and the song itself is supposed to explore "the link between drugs and love," and ""Special K" is uppers and the rush of falling in love."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video is reminiscent of such sci-fi films as Fantastic Voyage; it depicts Brian Molko and the other members of the band in an undisclosed, scientific headquarters where Molko is shrunk down to microbiological proportions and accidentally dropped into the mouth of drummer Steve Hewitt. The music video in its entirety maintains a sci-fi aesthetic throughout. The video ends with a shrunken Molko being sucked out through Hewitts's tear duct.

Track listing[edit]

CD EP[2]
  1. Special K - 3:51
  2. Dub Psychosis - 3:38
  3. Passive Aggressive (Brothers in Rhythm remix) - 9:03
  4. Special K (Timo Maas remix) - 7:30
  5. Little Mo - 3:02
  6. Slave to the Wage (I Can't Believe It's a Remix) - 3:30
  7. Special K (Timo Maas Dub mix) - 7:02
CD Single[3]
  1. Special K - 3:51
  2. Dub Psychosis - 3:38
  3. Passive Aggressive (Brothers in Rhythm remix) - 9:03
12" EP[4]
  1. Special K - 3:51
  2. Dub Psychosis - 3:38
  3. Passive Aggressive (Brothers in Rhythm remix) - 9:03
  4. Special K (Timo Maas remix) - 7:30
  5. Little Mo - 3:02
  6. Slave to the Wage (I Can't Believe It's a Remix) - 3:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 50
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[6] 45
France (SNEP)[7] 60
Italy (FIMI)[8] 18

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