A Shout Out to a Memorable Mid-80s Hit

25 years ago today, British rock duo Tears for Fears’ “Shout” knocked Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away” out of the top spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart to begin a three week reign.  It marked the second straight Number 1 hit for the band, following “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” from a few months earlier.  They would follow up “Shout” with “Head Over Heels,” which went to number 3, and “Mothers Talk,” which went to number 27, all from their Songs from the Big Chair album.  Four years later, their follow-up album, The Seeds of Love, would produce two Top 40 hits:  “Sowing the Seeds of Love” and “Woman in Chains.”  Tears for Fears would also hit the Top 40 with “Break It Down Again” in 1993, from Elemental, though by that time the duo had split, as Curt Smith had left, leaving Roland Orzabal to his own devices.  The two reunited in 2000, leading to the 2004 release Everybody Loves a Happy Ending and subsequent work.  In fact, they are currently touring the United States through September (and, boy, that show in Detroit on August 12 looks tempting …)

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