Covers (Placebo album)

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Placebo Covers.jpg
Studio album by Placebo
Released 22 September 2003 (bonus disc and 1° LP)
5 March 2007 (Digital Version)
3 May 2010 (CD and LP reissue)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 40:38
Label Hut/Astralwerks
Placebo chronology
Sleeping with Ghosts
Once More with Feeling
Singles from Covers
  1. "Running Up that Hill"
    Released: 31 October 2006, 2007 (US)
2010 Edition
Cover of the 2010 issue, using the 'Sleeping With Ghosts' themed artwork.

Covers is a cover album by British alternative rock band Placebo. The album was originally released as a bonus disc with the special edition version of Sleeping with Ghosts on 22 September 2003 through Hut Records and Astralwerks, which has since gone out of print. "Running Up that Hill" is mostly responsible for this digital release package.[1] After being used for the fourth-season premiere of The O.C., the song received a lot of attention in both the U.S. and the UK, peaking at No. 44 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]


A vinyl LP version of the album was issued in 2003 with an all-gray cover and only the white name of the band on it (the 2010 LP reissue of the album has a red title). Most of the songs on the album were originally B-sides from the band's previous singles.

A repackaged physical version of the album was re-released on 3 May 2010 through Placebo's former label, EMI, with a new cover based on the Sleeping with Ghosts theme. However, this was strictly EMI's decision and didn't have any input from the band in releasing the album.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Running Up that Hill" (originally recorded by Kate Bush; recorded especially for the Covers disc released in 2003[citation needed]) Kate Bush 4:57
2. "Where Is My Mind?" (originally recorded by Pixies; previously appeared on the "This Picture" single released in 2003, but it had an introduction by a radio presenter) Black Francis 3:44
3. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" (originally recorded by The Smiths; previously appeared on the single to "Nancy Boy" released in 1997) Johnny Marr/Steven Morrissey 3:54
4. "Johnny and Mary" (originally recorded by Robert Palmer; previously appeared on the "Taste in Men" single in 2000) Robert Palmer 3:25
5. "20th Century Boy" (originally recorded by T. Rex; previously released on the soundtrack to the film Velvet Goldmine and also as a B-side on the "You Don't Care About Us" single in 1998) Marc Bolan 4:39
6. "The Ballad of Melody Nelson"" (originally recorded by Serge Gainsbourg; used on the Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited compilation album released in 2005) Serge Gainsbourg/Jean-Claude Vannier 3:58
7. "Holocaust" (originally recorded by Big Star; previously appeared on the "Slave to the Wage" single in 2000) Alex Chilton 4:27
8. "I Feel You" (originally recorded by Depeche Mode; previously released on a fan club-only cassette in 1999 and as a bonus track on the American edition of Black Market Music) Martin Gore 6:26
9. "Daddy Cool" (originally recorded by Boney M.; previously appeared as a B-side on "The Bitter End" single in 2003) Frank Farian/George Reyam 3:21
10. "Jackie" (originally recorded by Sinéad O'Connor; previously appeared as a B-side on the DVD edition of the "This Picture" single in 2003) Sinéad O'Connor 2:48


  1. ^ "Music - Review of Placebo - Covers". BBC. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  2. ^ "PLACEBO | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Placebo / News". Retrieved 2012-04-12.