Placebo have shared 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.