Infra-Red (song)

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Single by Placebo
from the album Meds
Released 19 June 2006
Genre Alternative rock, electronic rock
Length 3:17
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Brian Molko
Producer(s) Dimitri Tikovoi
Placebo singles chronology
"Song to Say Goodbye"

"Infra-Red" is the third single from Placebo's fifth studio album, Meds, and was released on 19 June 2006. The song peaked #42 in the UK, #35 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart, and #91 in Germany. It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

The words "beggar's banquet", featured in its lyrics, references the Rolling Stones' album of the same name.

A live version of the song is available on the Live at La Cigale EP.

The cover art is a blurred picture of bassist, Stefan Olsdal.

Music video[edit]

Screenshot from 0:59s

The music video features businessmen apparently conspiring against the public. They observe a computer disk containing a graphic of a DNA molecule with a hazardous ligand. Meanwhile, a group of ants interfere with their computer equipment. A character, identified as a corporate executive president, gives a press conference with the help of a computerized prompter, but the ants' interference causes the prompter to say "I lied to you. We are the enemy", which the president reads.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • Side A - "Infra-Red"
  • Side B - "Infra-Red" [Call the Ambulance remix]
  1. "Infra-Red"
  2. "Infra-Red" [Hotel Persona remix]
DVD single
  1. "Infra-Red" (video)
  2. "Song to Say Goodbye" [extended video]
  3. Behind the scenes footage & interviews from the "Infra-Red" video shoot
  4. "Song to Say Goodbye" [River & Tears Remix]
CD Maxi
  1. "Infra-Red"
  2. "Infra-Red" [The Waltmann remix]
  3. "Song to Say Goodbye" [River & Tears Remix]
Digital Download Tracks (sold separately)
  1. "Infra-Red"
  2. "Infra-Red" [The Waltmann Remix]
  3. "Infra-Red" [Call The Ambulance Remix]
  4. "Infra-Red" [Hotel Persona Remix]
  5. "Infra-Red" [Live At Blackpool Empress Ballroom]
  6. "Infra-Red" [Live At Glasgow Academy]
  7. "Infra-Red" [Live At Newcastle Academy]