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Placebo share cover of Tears For Fears' "Shout"

07 September 2022, 12:50 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Placebo have followed up their March album Never Let Me Go with a cover of Tears For Fears' "Shout".

"Shout" originally appeared on Tears For Fears' 1985 second album Songs from the Big Chair, and today (7 September) Placebo have released a cover of the track.

Placebo's Brian Molko says, "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. 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," Molko adds. ""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."

Their Tears For Fears cover marks Placebo's first outing since releasing their Never Let Me Go album in March.

Placebo's cover of "Shout" is out now.

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