Released: November 23 1984 (UK)
June 4 1985 (USA)
The 80’s were filled with notable new wave/synth pop groups but Tears For Fears were – and still is – one of the greatest. I felt like their most known hit is “Everybody Wants To Rule The World“, but “Shout” is a powerhouse of a record. What I found to be really cool about “Shout” is that it’s actually a song of “protest”. Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears said that “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” and his partner in crime Curt Smith, echoed those thoughts with a statement of his own: “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.” Sheesh I’m always a sucker for a song with serious content. “The Big Chair” is an instrumental that samples dialogue from the 1976 film Sybil starring Sally Field and William Prince. Pretty dope find for $4.