Battle for the Sun

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Battle for the Sun
Placebo's studio album



Label (s) PIAS

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Alternative rock

Title (number)


running time

56 min 23 s


David Bottrill

Battle for the Sun Loud Like Love

Battle for the Sun is the sixth studio album by the international alternative rock band Placebo . It was released on June 5, 2009 under the label Play It Again Sam (PIAS).

Even before the album was released, the single of the same name was made available as a download on the band's website .


The album was produced by David Bottrill . He was assisted by James Brown, who had already produced the band's previous album, Meds .

Battle for the Sun is the first album to be recorded with the band's new drummer , Steve Forrest.

In an interview with BBC 6 Music , singer Brian Molko said that the band is working with new instruments such as springtime , trumpets and saxophones on their new album . In writing the material, they were influenced by bands like PJ Harvey and My Bloody Valentine . The album should be harder than its predecessor.


Frontman Brian Molko said of the album:

“We've made a record about choosing life, and choosing to live, about stepping out of the darkness and into the light. Not necessarily turning your back on the darkness because it's there, it's essential; it's a part of who you are, but more about the choice of standing in the sunlight instead. "

In German:

We made a record about the choice of life and the choice to live, about stepping out of the dark and into the light. Not necessarily to turn your back on darkness because it exists - it is essential; it's part of who you are - it's more about choosing to be in the sunlight instead.

The first single also describes this line of thought. The first stanza reads as follows:

     Original English text      German translation
I will battle for the sun
And I won't stop until I'm done
You are getting in the way
And I have nothing left to say
I will brush off all the dirt
And I will pretend it didn't hurt
You are a black and heavy weight
And I will not participate
I will fight for the sun
And I won't stop until I do it
You stand in the way
And I have nothing more to say
I'll wipe all the dirt off
And I'll pretend it didn't hurt
You are a black and heavy weight
And I won't take part


The album has been released as a CD , a limited edition CD + DVD , an LP and a particularly limited box set.

At a secret, exclusive gig in London on March 17th, the band already played some of the songs that later appeared on the album. Molkos' favorite song is Speak in Tongues, he says .


  1. Kitty Litter
  2. Ashtray Heart
  3. Battle for the Sun
  4. For what it's worth
  5. Devil in the details
  6. Bright lights
  7. Speak in tongues
  8. The Never-Ending Why
  9. Julien
  10. Happy you're gone
  11. Breathe underwater
  12. Come Undone
  13. Kings of Medicine
  14. Unisex [only on the Limited Edition]
  15. The Movie On Your Eyelids [Limited Edition only]

More pieces:

  1. In a Funk [bonus track exclusively on the Japan edition]
  2. Post Blue (Chinese Remix) [bonus track exclusively on the Asian edition]

Redux Edition

The Redux Edition of the album was released on September 27, 2010. It contains a remake of the BFTS album (including the Bright Lights single version), as well as a bonus CD with new songs, including the studio version of Trigger Happy Hands and revised songs from the live setlist.

Tracklist of the bonus CD:

  1. Trigger happy hands
  2. Monster truck
  3. Breathe Underwater (Slow)
  4. Unisex
  5. Because I Want You (Redux)
  6. Blind (Redux)
  7. Drag (Redux)
  8. Twenty Years (Redux)
  9. Soulmates (Redux)
  10. Trigger Happy Hands (Buffalo Daughter remix)


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