"In the mid 1980’s when I was a teenager, ‘Shout’ by Tears For Fears served as part of my political awakening. Today I realise that it could be about anything that angers or frustrates a person."
Placebo have shared a cover of Tears For Fears Shout. The UK alt-rockers lean into their industrial influences, transforming Shout from an 80s pop floor-filler into a darker, more ominous offering.
Brian Molko revealed the inspiration for the cover, explaining that the song has always held a special place for him "In the mid-1980s when I was a teenager, ‘Shout’ by Tears For Fears served as part of my political awakening. Today I realise that it could be about anything that angers or frustrates a person. For me it’s a call to arms for self-expression, speaking one’s own truth."
"As I watched my son’s generation become more politicised, and the world continue to crumble around us, I wanted to offer him & his contemporaries a protest anthem, since it appears that it is mostly them who still have the capacity to save us from ourselves. 'Shout's' essence as a song is its simplicity, it feels very natural to engage directly with it."
“This rallying cry against apathy will hopefully provide a context for those who care to express their anger. Or simply offer some kind of catharsis. It certainly still does both for me.”
Shout appears on Tears For Fears' 1985 album Songs From The Big Chair.
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