Today´s positive/magic song is Tears for Fears “Shout”, released as the second single from their critically acclaimed second studio album, “Songs from the Big Chair” (1985). Roland Orzabal performs lead vocals on the track, with bassist Curt Smith duetting on the choruses. The single was a global and critical success, becoming 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 ultimately become one of the most successful songs of 1985, eventually reaching number 1 in multiple countries. “Shout” is regarded as one of the most recognizable songs from the mid-eighties and is also recognized as the group’s signature song, along with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”.

“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

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 album “Songs from the Big Chair” peaked at number two in the UK and at number one in the US and Canada, becoming a multi-platinum seller in all three countries. It also reached number one in Germany and the Netherlands and Top 10 positions in various other countries including Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Italy. It spawned the international hit singles “Mothers Talk”, “Shout”, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, “Head over Heels”, and “I Believe”. It remains their best-selling album to date. A companion video documentary entitled Scenes from the Big Chair was released in late 1985. Once the band had finished a lengthy touring and promotion schedule for the album, they took an extended hiatus from the music industry.

I bought this single in Paris during a family summer trip in 1985. I still have such strong memories of this song and the impact it made on me. And it´s a song that is valid right now in so many ways. I love the opening of the song and Tears for Fears was such a great band back then. ##CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DaySixtynine