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
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:01
Songwriter(s) Placebo (Stefan Olsdal, Brian Molko and Robert Schultzberg)
Producer(s) Brad Wood
Placebo singles chronology
"Bruise Pristine"
"Come Home"
"Bruise Pristine"
"Come Home"

"Nancy Boy"
(1997) Nancy Boy1997

"Bruise Pristine"
(1997) Bruise Pristine1997

"Pure Morning"
(1998) Pure Morning1998
Alternate cover
1995 split single cover
1995 split single cover

"Bruise Pristine" is a song by English alternative rock band Placebo, released in its original version as a split single with the band Soup by record label Fierce Panda in October 1995. It was re-recorded for the band's 1996 self-titled debut album, and this version was released in May 1997 as the fifth and final single from the 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. 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 three official versions of the song that have been released: the 1995 single version, the album track and the radio edit. The radio edit 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 record label Fierce Panda as a split seven-inch single with Soup in October 1995. This version is different from the one which later appeared on their 1996 debut album. The 1995 single version was later featured on the Fierce Panda compilation Nings and Roundabouts.

The song was released on 12 May 1997 by record label Virgin as the fifth and final single from Placebo. It was released on 7" vinyl, cassette and CD. The single charted at number 14 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] A music video was made to promote the single.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1995 7" single[edit]

Fierce Side
  1. Placebo – "Bruise Pristine"
Panda Side
  1. Soup – "m.e.l.t.d.o.w.n."

1997 single[edit]

CD 1 and cassette
  1. "Bruise Pristine (Radio Edit)"
  2. "Then the Clouds Will Open for Me"
  3. "Bruise Pristine (1" Punch Mix)"
CD 2
  1. "Bruise Pristine"
  2. "Waiting for the Son of Man"
  3. "Bruise Pristine (Lionrock Mix)"
7" vinyl
  1. "Bruise Pristine (Radio Edit)" – 3:01
  2. "Bruise Pristine (1" Punch Mix)" – 4:38


Chart (1997) Peak position
UK Singles Chart 14[1]

Release history[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "PLACEBO – The Official Charts Company". Official UK Charts. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "PLACEBO 'Bruise Pristine'". officialplacebo. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

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