Tears For Fears – Shout
November 19, 1984 was one of those unbelievable days that really wrote the history of the ’80s. In fact, for one of those strange jokes of fate, two phenomenal groups threw their songs, very different from each other, exactly the same day. And what songs!
One was Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “The power of love“, and the other was the song that would forever become Tears for Fears’ signature, “Shout”. And because fate isn’t a joke at all, the same coincidence will repeated four months later, on March 18, 1985, when “Welcome to the Pleasuredome” and “Everybody wants to rule the world” will be released together again. But let’s go back to November 1984.
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith already had some success with the 1983 album “The Hurting” and especially with “Mad World”, a song which will be covered over and over again. With this album they take their path to maturity and definitive consecration. With this song they start to lead the way to their new album, which is set to be released in February.
“Shout” is a song that merges Tears for Fears’ cultural depth with the peculiar sense of the 80s for Existentialism. The very name of the group “Tears for Fears” refers to a psychotherapeutic treatment developed by Arthur Janov, in which the subject relives the first sensations of the perinatal period. So freaking true!
The title of the album that is about to be released, “Songs from the Big Chair” also takes inspiration from the protagonist of a TV movie, “Sybil”; the protagonist has multiple personalities, sixteen, and feels safe only in a large chair, obviously her psychoanalyst’s chair. What a story!
And then of course there is the song: “Shout”, an invitation to scream everything out, to shout protest against the Cold War and the nuclear threat (very sensitive topics for young people and not only in the 80s).
The video is simple but powerful. The song’s iconic intro shows Smith and Orzabal beginning to shout their anger from a desolate but picturesque Dorset cliff. The video ends up in a studio where Tears for Fears are joined by many people singing along, including several children, and perhaps they are the real recipients of Curt and Roland’s message: shout your reasons, soon the world will be yours and you have to shout at all your rights.
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