Too Many Friends

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"Too Many Friends"
Single by Placebo
from the album Loud Like Love
Released 23 August 2013
Format 7" vinyl, CD, Digital download
Recorded RAK Studios, London
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:35
Label Universal
Writer(s) Steve Forrest, William Patrick Lloyd, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal
Producer(s) Adam Noble
Placebo singles chronology
"Bright Lights"
"Too Many Friends"
"Loud Like Love"

"Too Many Friends" is a single by alternative rock band Placebo, the first single off of their seventh studio album Loud Like Love.[1] The single was released on 8 July 2013, as a digital download but was actually released on 23 August 2013 in physical format as a limited edition CD and 7" single in Germany. The song deals with people on the internet and being far more close to friends on the internet, rather than off the computer. It is also about loneliness, which Placebo frontman Brian Molko said was the "modern version of, 'I’m sitting by the phone, waiting for you to call.'"[2][3]

Music video[edit]

The band went to Los Angeles to make the music video with filmmaker Saman Kesh.[4] American transgressive novelist Bret Easton Ellis provides a voiceover in the video as a narrator.[5] The video, which premiered on YouTube, presents a "detective case" regarding a series of events occurring during a pool party.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. Too Many Friends – 3:35
iTunes EP
  1. Too Many Friends – 3:35
  2. Outro – 2:24
  3. Too Many Friends (The Bloody Beetroots Remix) – 3:48
Limited CD and 7" single
  1. Too Many Friends – 3:35
  2. Outro – 2:24


Chart (2013) Peak
French Singles Chart 31
German Singles Chart 14
Swiss Singles Chart 54
Belgian Singles Chart 26
Austrian Singles Chart 55


  1. ^ "Track Listing & First Single for 'Loud Like Love' Announced". 17 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "INTERVIEW: STEFAN OLSDAL OF PLACEBO". Bandwagon. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Placebo's Brian Molko on Transgressive Love, Technology and Disconnect, and That "My Computer Thinks I'm Gay" Line". Pure Volume. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "SINGLE: Too Many Friends - Available From 08.07.13". Official Forum (User rougevelvet). Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Bret Easton Ellis (5 July 2013). "Twitter: Bret Easton Ellis, 5 July 2013". Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Placebo - Too Many Friends". PlaceboVEVO. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.