Taste in Men

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"Taste in Men"
Single by Placebo
from the album Black Market Music
Released 17 July 2000
Genre Alternative rock
Label Virgin
Placebo singles chronology
"Burger Queen Francais"
"Taste in Men"
"Slave to the Wage"
Alternative cover

"Taste in Men" is a 2000 single by the English alternative rock band Placebo. Taken from their third album, Black Market Music, it reached number 16 in the UK singles chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Barbara McDonogh, was filmed in the Central London Register office. It shows Brian Molko involved in a bizarre love triangle with a rowing couple. Montages of Molko with both the man and the woman are sequenced throughout the video.

Live performance history[edit]

The song was a staple of the Black Market Music and Sleeping With Ghosts tours. Despite not appearing during the initial legs of the tour, it reappeared for the winter 2006 leg of the Meds tour and remained until the conclusion of the tour. It was the closing song for all shows on the Battle For The Sun tour. The song also appeared during the 2012 tour as the concluding song for all shows, but was dropped at the start of the Summer Festivals leg.


The phrase "come back to me awhile" is taken from the Sonic Youth song "Catholic Block", found on their album Sister.

The song was used in an episode from the United States version of Queer as Folk.

The bass riff is almost identical to Roger Waters' "Let There Be More Light" from the Pink Floyd album A Saucerful of Secrets. The track Block Rockin' Beats from the 1997 The Chemical Brothers album Dig Your Own Hole also reaps from the before mentioned Pink Floyd album.

Track listings[edit]

  1. Taste in Men (Radio edit) – 4:02
  2. Theme from Funky Reverend – 2:54
  3. Taste in Men (Alpinestars Kamikaze Skimix) – 4:36
  1. Taste in Men (Album version) – 4:15
  2. Johnny and Mary – 3:24
  3. Taste in Men (Adrian Sherwood Go Go dub mix) – 4:19


Chart (2000) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 16


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