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Original official music video by Tears for Fears performing their Top-10 hit "Shout" from the 1985 album "Songs from the Big Chair" (in HD). "Shout" was the second single released from the album reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and no. 4 in the UK. "Shout" would become one of the most successful songs of 1985, eventually reaching the Top Ten in 25 countries. The album was one of the top selling albums of the decade peaking at number 1 in the US, and has been included in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Slant Magazine listed the album at #95 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".

Song 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. Ironically, 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.

Pop Culture:
"Shout" is regarded as one of the most recognizable songs from the mid-eighties and is also considered TFF's signature song. The song has been referenced in several areas of pop culture:
- TV show "Psych"
- Video game "Karaoke Revolution"
- TV show "Medium"
- TV Show "Cold Case"
- Film "The Goodbye Kiss"
- TV Show "Everybody Hates Chris"
- Film "Donnie Darko" (song Head Over Heels)
- The album title was derived from the 1976 television film Sybil about a woman with multiple personality disorder who only feels safe when she is sitting in her analyst's "big chair".
- Heavy metal band Disturbed did a cover of the song in 2000 and frequently perform it live.
- Insane Clown Posse did a cover of Shout in 2012 on their compilation album Smothered Covered & Chunked.

My apologies for 'tilting' the video. I've enhanced the audio (HQ - HD).


Lyrics - "Shout" by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley
[Chorus: x2]
Shout, shout, let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on, I'm talking to you, come on

In violent times
You shouldn't have to sell your soul
In black and white
They really really ought to know
Those one track minds
That took you for a working boy
Kiss them goodbye
You shouldn't have to jump for joy
You shouldn't have to shout for joy


They gave you life
And in return you gave them hell
As cold as ice
I hope we live to tell the tale
I hope we live to tell the tale

[Chorus: x3]

And when you've taken down your guard
If I could change your mind
I'd really love to break your heart
I'd really love to break your heart

[Chorus: x2]

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