The first track in tonight’s 80’s at 8 was from Tears for Fears, the British band that rose to fame in the 1980s, they are known for their unique sound that blends new wave, synth-pop, and rock. One of their most recognizable hits is “Shout”. Released in 1984, “Shout” was the second single from Tears for Fears’ album “Songs from the Big Chair.” The song’s opening lines, “Shout, shout, let it all out, these are the things I can do without,” immediately grab the listener’s attention and set the tone for the song’s theme .”Shout” was written by Tears for Fears’ lead singer, Roland Orzabal, and keyboardist, Ian Stanley. In interviews, Orzabal has stated that the song was inspired by the primal scream therapy, a controversial therapeutic technique popular in the 1970s. The idea behind the therapy was that releasing pent-up emotions through screaming could help individuals achieve emotional relief and healing.”Shout” was a commercial success, reaching number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. It has since become a staple of 80s music and has been featured in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials. The song has been covered by several artists, including Disturbed and Lulu, and has been remixed and sampled in various genres. “Shout” by Tears for Fears is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences today. Its message of emotional release and empowerment is as relevant now as it was in the 1980s. The song’s iconic chorus and memorable music video have cemented its place in pop culture history, and it remains one of Tears for Fears’ most beloved and recognizable hits. You can watch the music video for Shout by Tears for Fears below:
The second track in tonight’s 80’s at 8 is exclusive to only the 80’s at 8 on DHA. It was Never Let Me Down Again by Rock n Roll Hall of Famers Depeche Mode. Released in 1987, “Never Let Me Down Again” was the second single from Depeche Mode’s album “Music for the Masses.” The song’s opening riff, played on an electric guitar, immediately sets the tone for the track’s moody and introspective atmosphere.