Infra-Red (song)

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

"Infra-Red" is a song by English alternative rock band Placebo, released on 19 June 2006 as the third single from their fifth studio album Meds.


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

The lyric "So I came down to wish you an unhappy birthday" is a reference to the song "Unhappy Birthday" by The Smiths

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]


The song peaked at number 42 in the UK,[2] number 35 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart[citation needed] and number 91 in Germany.[citation needed]

It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. A live version of the song is available on the Live at La Cigale EP.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Infra-Red"
  2. "Infra-Red (Call the Ambulance Remix)"
  1. "Infra-Red"
  2. "Infra-Red (Hotel Persona Remix)"
Maxi CD
  1. "Infra-Red"
  2. "Infra-Red (The Waltmann Remix)"
  3. "Song to Say Goodbye (River & Tears Remix)"
DVD single
  1. "Infra-Red" (video)
  2. "Song to Say Goodbye (Extended Video)"
  3. Behind the scenes footage and interviews from the "Infra-Red" video shoot
  4. "Song to Say Goodbye (River & Tears Remix)"


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