"We've another song called 'Spite And Malice' which is like Sonic Youth going rap. That one deals with those anti-capitalist May day riots in London and youth becoming politicised."
Brian Molko, Kerrang! Issue 810, July 15th 2000
"BM : [...] I actually put the picture of Churchill's mohican in front of me when I was doing some of the recording of the lyrics.
You team up with rapper Justin Warfield For "Spite and Malice". A nod to Korn/Limp Bizkit's "All in the familly"?
BM : We're not very fond of that and we were aware of that when we were doing "Spite and Malice". I guess in the back of our minds we wanted to do something that was quite anti that. I find that kind of music extremely negative, homophobic and chauvinistic. We've dealt with difficult emotional issues and intense emotions, but there's always been a strain of positively and optimism within that. Which those bands lack, really."
Brian Molko, Melody Maker, October 20th 2000
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On Spite & Malice, it's Justin Warfield, from One Inch Punch, a Los Angeles rapper, who accompagnies you? But at the first listen, one would have thought that you set about hip hop?
I am not a rapper! No competition with Eminem, no, thank you! I don't know how to rap. We all tried, for fun when we were drunk! In this song, there was a big hole, we had the music, the verse, but not the general chorus that we needed. We wondered what we were going to do. I can't force the words to come out, I like when it comes naturally: "When it flows out." And I got the idea: it's been ten years we listen to Public Enemy, "Come on! Let's do some rapping." And I know the guy to do it: Justin. Even Justin Warfield wears makeup sometimes: that's why they introduced us! It is one of the only rappers with makeup! It is understandable.
Why not more hip hop then?
Because really, it would become a "formula"! We dislike the "formula". I would be surprised to find hip hop on another placebo album! It will not happen! It was a one shot.
Brian Molko, Interview shamrock, 2000
"The line 'Dope, Guns, F***ing in the Street' from 'Spite and Malice' sounds cool - but does it actually mean anything to you beyond that?
BM : That was just a reaction to Churchill's mohican really (from the May Day riots). I just jumped around shouting that because it's the old MC5 slogan and a friend said 'You've got a chorus there.' It was a reaction to what we were seeing on the news. It's not an insurrectionary call to arms. There are 200 million guns in circulation in the US, that's a scary thought."
Brian Molko, Melody Maker, Décember 2000
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Stupéfaction: Placebo set about rap?
BM: "Why?" (Laughs)
The question is especially "How ?"...
BM: "It's not me who is rapping besides, it's Justin Warfield. This is not a gangster-rapper, that's also why we wanted to work with him. He is a very intellectual, "literary", rapper. Justin wanted to fit perfectly with the mood of Placebo. There was a big hole in this song, the chorus, I couldn't get it out, and I don't like to force too much, I like the things being fairly instinctive when I write the lyrics. The idea fell on my head: "Come on, we will try rap, it was never done before, big experience: let's go!". We send it to Justin in Los Angeles, he wrote a great thing, he came, and hop! "
How do you think the fans will react?
BM: "I think they are afraid. But I am sure that as soon as they listen to it, they will understand. Because it works. And we put it on purpose on the 4th track, because 'we wanted to surprise our audience, because we love that, it's very important for us. "
Brian Molko, Guitar Part, November 2000
"M : How did One Inch Punch's Justin Warfield end up on the album?
BM : "We were introduced years ago because we were kindred spirits. When the idea came to use rap, Justin sprang to mind simply because of his approach. When he worked with Bomb the Bass on the song "Bug Powder Dust," he was rapping about William Burroughs. On the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack he's rapping about Shakespeare. This is not a guy who raps about bitches and hos and getting people down on my D, which is not the kind of hip hop we're into. We're into Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One and Public Enemy, big time. "
Brian Molko, Mirror, April 26th 2001