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With their sights set on cracking the U.S. market, Placebo issued their sophomore effort in 1998 and first for Virgin, Without You I'm Nothing, which featured stronger songwriting and was a much more consistent listen from beginning to end than their debut. Despite some heavy duty touring stateside, the trio was only able to create a buzz with the alternative rock crowd (although the lead-off single "Pure Morning" enjoyed a bit of radio/MTV airplay). Placebo struck up a friendship with one of their biggest musical heroes, David Bowie, who re-recorded the title track from WYIN as a duet with Molko (the trio was personally invited by Bowie to play his 50th birthday bash at Madison Square Garden in 1997), and made several cameo appearances live with the band. In addition, Molko and co. had a cameo appearance in the movie Velvet Goldmine, performing T. Rex's classic "20th Century Boy," as they spent most of 1999 and the first few months of 2000 writing and recording their third album, Black Market Music. Although the album was issued in the U.K. in October of that year, it didn't see it's stateside release until May of 2001. With his affinity for outspoken statements in the press (he's never confirmed nor denied the prevalent rumors concerning drug use) and attention-grabbing stage persona, Molko has updated '70s glam for the new millennium. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi