Placebo are today sharing ‘Shout’, a cover of the iconic Tears For Fears single. ‘Shout’ – taken from the Tears For Fears album Songs From The Big Chair – peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985 and joins a rich lineage of Placebo cover versions of songs from the 80s. Artists such as Sinead O’Connor (‘Jackie’), The Smiths (‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’), The Pixies (‘Where Is My Mind?’) and – most famously of all – Kate Bush (‘Running Up That Hill’) have all been covered by the band.
In this latest Placebo interpretation, ‘Shout’ becomes a brooding industrial march. Given that the single’s original songwriter Roland Orzabal has said that ‘Shout’ concerns itself with political protest, it also makes for a fitting follow-on from Placebo’s latest album release Never Let Me Go, which marked itself out with commentary on tech-saturation, rising intolerance and the climate crisis.
Listen to ‘Shout’ on streaming services here and view the visualizer below.