Tears for Fears were followers of American psychologist Arthur Janov's school of Primal Therapy. This song was inspired by his primal therapy treatment, which worked by getting people to confront their fears by shouting and screaming. The name of the group came from Janov's book Prisoners Of Pain.
This was written by Tears For Fears frontman Roland Orzabal and keyboard player Ian Stanley. In the liner notes to the single, Orzabal explained: "The song was written in my front room on just a small synthesizer and a drum machine. Initially I only had the chorus, which was very repetitive, like a mantra. I played it to Ian Stanley, our keyboardist, and Chris Hughes, the producer. I saw it as a good album track, but they were convinced it would be a hit around the world."
This was a huge international hit, especially in the US, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.
Songs From the Big Chair was named after the movie Sybil, in which a girl with 16 personalities retreats to a psychiatrist's chair.
John Lennon went through Primal therapy in 1970. Many of the songs he wrote immediately afterward were inspired by his experience in therapy, including God
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The music video for "Shout" features vocalists Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith venting their anger on a gorgeous, isolated cliffside at Durdle Door in Dorset, England.
Disturbed did a cover of this song on their 2000 album The Sickness
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