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Tears For Fears - Shout (1984)

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“Shout” is a song by English pop/rock band Tears for Fears, released as the second single from their second ...

“Shout” is a song by English pop/rock band Tears for Fears, released as the second single from their second studio album, Songs from the Big Chair (1985), on 19 November 1984. Roland Orzabal performs lead vocals on the track. The single became the group’s sixth UK top 40 hit, peaking at No. 4 in January 1985. In the US, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 3 August 1985 and remained there for three weeks. “Shout” would become one of the most successful songs of 1985, eventually reaching number 1 in multiple countries. It is regarded as one of the most recognizable songs from the mid-eighties, and is recognized by Chris True of AllMusic as a “Tears for Fears signature moment”.

Meaning

“A lot of people think that ‘Shout’ is just another song about primal scream theory, continuing the themes of the first album. It is actually more concerned with political protest. It came out in 1984 when a lot of people were still worried about the aftermath of The Cold War and it was basically an encouragement to protest.”

— Roland Orzabal

“It concerns protest inasmuch as it encourages people not to do things without actually questioning them. People act without thinking because that’s just the way things go in society. So it’s a general song, about the way the public accepts any old grief which is thrown at them.”

— Curt Smith

Music video

The promotional video for “Shout”, filmed in late 1984, was the second Tears for Fears video directed by famed music video producer Nigel Dick. It features footage of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith at Durdle Door in Dorset, England, as well as at a studio performance with the full band (including Ian Stanley and Manny Elias) performing the song amidst a crowd of family and friends. The video reportedly cost only £14,000 to produce.

Along with the clip for “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, the “Shout” video had a big hand in helping establish Tears for Fears in America due to its heavy airplay on the music video channel MTV. The band had at one time considered making a second video for the song’s American single release, as the original was not considered MTV friendly.

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