Bruise Pristine

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"Bruise Pristine"
1997 cover
Single by Placebo
from the album Placebo
B-side "Then the Clouds Will Open for Me", "Bruise Pristine (1" Punch mix)"
Released 30 October 1995
(see release history)
Format 7" single, 2 CD, cassette
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:01
Label Fierce Panda, Virgin
Writer(s) Brian Molko, Placebo
Producer(s) Brad Wood
Placebo singles chronology
"Bruise Pristine"
"Come Home"

"Nancy Boy"

"Bruise Pristine"

"Pure Morning"
1995 cover

"Bruise Pristine" was the first single by alternative rock band Placebo, released as a split single with Soup on Fierce Panda records in October, 1995. It was re-released in 1997 on Virgin Records, taken from their self-titled debut album.


The song is a heavy riff based track and is notable for its "behind the bridge" guitar solo. It's played in F-A-D-G-C-C tuning and it opens with a natural harmonics riff on the 12th fret. It proceeds with an overdriven riff that's played during the verses. During the chorus there's a chromatic power chord progression from F to G.

There are two official versions of the song, the single and the album track. The single version is intended to be more radio friendly. After the intro it cuts directly to the vocal verse and the solo is cut short.


"Bruise Pristine" was originally released on Fierce Panda Records as a split seven-inch single with Soup in October, 1995. The 1995 single version was later featured on the Fierce Panda compilation Nings and Roundabouts.

The song was re-released in May, 1997, for the release of their debut album Placebo. It was released on seven-inch vinyl, cassette, and two cds.[1] The single charted at number 14 in the UK Singles Chart. A music video was made to promote the single.[2]

Track listings[edit]

1995 7" single

Fierce side -

  1. Placebo - Bruise Pristine

Panda side -

  1. Soup - m.e.l.t.d.o.w.n.
7" single
  1. "Bruise Pristine" (Radio edit) - 3:01
  2. "Bruise Pristine" (1" Punch mix) - 4:38
CD1 and cassette
  1. "Bruise Pristine" (Radio edit)
  2. "Then the Clouds Will Open for Me"
  3. "Bruise Pristine" (1" Punch mix)
  1. "Bruise Pristine"
  2. "Waiting for the Son of Man"
  3. "Bruise Pristine" (Lionrock mix)


Chart (1997) Peak position
UK Singles Chart[3] 14

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s)
UK 30 October 1995 Split 7" single
UK 12 May 1997 7" single, CD1, CD2, cassette


  1. ^ "Placebo – Bruise Pristine at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "PLACEBO 'Bruise Pristine'". officialplacebo. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "PLACEBO – The Official Charts Company". Official UK Charts. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

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