Monday, November 19, 1984

Tears for Fears released "Shout"

First posted 8/7/2020.


Tears for Fears

Writer(s): Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley (see lyrics here)

Released: November 19, 1984

First Charted: December 1, 1984

Peak: 13 US, 12 CB, 13 RR, 6 AR, 1 CO, 4 UK, 12 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.25 UK, 1.35 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 1.0 radio, 85.0 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

In the UK, “Shout” was the lead single from Tears for Fears sophomore album Songs from the Big Chair. However, the song wasn’t released in the United States until after “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” hit #1. “Shout” followed its predecessor to the top in America, besting its #4 peak in the UK.

People understandably assumed the song was about “primal scream treatment, which worked by getting people to confront their fears by shouting and screaming.” SF The band did, after, all take their name from Prisoners of Pain, the book by Primal Therapy psychologist Arthur Janov. The band also used primal scream therapy as a theme for their first album, The Hurting.

However, according to band member Roland Orzabal “Shout” was not about primal scream theory. He said, “It is actually more concerned with political protest.” WK Bandmate Curt Smith said the song “encourages people not to do things without actually questioning them.” WK

Musically, the song was marked by “power chords, heavy percussion, a synth bass solo, and a vocal-sounding synth riff.” WK Orzabal said it was written on a small synthesizer and a drum machine. He thought the chorus “was very repetitive, like a mantra” WK and after playing it for Ian Stanley, the band’s keyboardist, and Chris Hughes, the producer, “they were convinced it would be a hit around the world.” WK

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Monday, November 5, 1984

Bryan Adams released Reckless

First posted 3/28/2011; updated 9/7/2020.


Bryan Adams

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Released: November 5, 1984

Peak: 12 US, 7 UK, 14 CN, 2 AU

Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, 0.9 UK, 12.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock

Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. One Night Love Affair (8/31/85, #10a US, 7 AR, 19 CN, 85 AU)
  2. She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancin’
  3. Run to You (11/3/84, #6 US, 11 UK, 1 AR, 4 CN, 4 AU)
  4. Heaven (1/28/84, #1 US, 38 UK, 9 AR, 12 AC, 11 CN, 4 AU, airplay: 2 million)
  5. Somebody (1/19/85, #10a US, 35 UK, 1 AR, 13 CN, 76 AU)
  6. Summer of ‘69 (12/8/84, #4a US, 42 UK, 40 AR, 11 CN, 3 AU, airplay: 1 million)
  7. Kids Wanna Rock (12/15/84, #42 AR)
  8. It’s Only Love (with Tina Turner) (11/24/84, #14a US, 29 UK, 7 AR, 14 CN, 57 AU)
  9. Long Gone
  10. Ain’t Gonna Cry

Total Running Time: 37:58


4.444 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)


About the Album:

“Sales figures may point to 1991’s Waking Up the Neighbors as the peak of Bryan Adams career, but the songs from Reckless will most certainly prove to be his lasting legacy.” ER His fourth album upped the ante on Cuts Like a Knife from the year before. That album had given Adams’ his first appearances on the Billboard top 40 with 3 songs, including top ten hit “Straight from the Heart” and the top 20 title cut.

“Bryan Adams capitalized on the momentum…with 1984’s Reckless, a virtually flawless collection of melodic hard rock which would dominate radio for years to come.” ER “Although some songs haven’t aged very well (especially the overtly cheesy Kids Wanna Rock), these weak links are easily eclipsed” ER by a hits-loaded package. The album’s six singles all charted within the top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, a feat previously accomplished only by Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.. WK

Run to You was a brilliant lead-off single which remains one of Adams’ best songs ever.” ER The song was Adams’ first #1 album rock track and his second top-ten pop hit. It was also his highest charting hit to date in his native Canada, reaching #4.

As the album’s second official single, Somebody, with its “irrepressible pop chorus,” ER gave Adams his second album-rock chart-topper.

The third single was Heaven, “the ballad to end all ballads.” ER The song had actually emerged at the beginning of 1984 as part of the soundtrack for A Night in Heaven. It gave Adams his first chart-topper in America.

Summer of ‘69 emerged as the fourth single from the album, although it had received radio airplay on album rock stations when the album was first released. It gave Adams his second top-five hit in the U.S. There is some debate about whether the title refers to the sexual position or the year. Adams has said it is about the former, but Jim Valance, the song’s co-writer, has denied this.

In August 1985, during the chart run of “Summer,” Reckless finally topped the Billboard album chart. The album had initially peaked at #6 in January 1985. Two more singles – One Night Love Affair and It’s Only Love, a duet with Tina Turner, would keep the album in the spotlight for the rest of the year.

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Thursday, November 1, 1984

Pat Benatar's Tropico released

First posted 9/20/2020.


Pat Benatar

Released: November 1, 1984

Peak: 14 US, 31 UK, 21 CN, 9 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.06 UK, 1.16 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Diamond Field (Giraldo, Myron Grombacher, Benatar) [3:20] (20 AR)
  2. We Belong (Eric Lowen, Dan Navarro) [3:40] (5 US, 3 AR, 22 UK, 8 CN, 7 AU)
  3. Painted Desert (Giraldo, Grombacher) [5;24]
  4. Temporary Heroes (Nick Trevesick, Ginny Clee) [4:30]
  5. Love in the Ice Age (Giraldo, Charles Giordano, Grombacher, Benatar) [4:05]
  6. Ooh Ooh Song (Giraldo, Benatar) [4:28] (36 US, 22 AR, 89 CN, 41 AU)
  7. The Outlaw Blues (Giraldo, Grombacher) [3:47]
  8. Suburban King (Giraldo, Billy Steinberg) [1:48]
  9. A Crazy World Like This (Giraldo, Tom Kelly, Steinberg) [4:02]
  10. Takin’ It Back (Giraldo, Benatar) [4:07]

Total Running Time: 39:18


3.502 out of 5.00 (average of 5 ratings)


About the Album:

After three top-5 albums, Benatar missed the top 10 with her Live from Earth album. Tropico also missed the mark, but maintained her perfect record of million-selling albums, giving her a sixth platinum record.

The album marked a conscious attempt to “move away from Benatar’s hard rock sound and start experimenting with new gentler styles and sounds.” WK The previous studio album, Get Nervous, had started that movement by focusing on more pop and new-wave sounds. All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine said “the change in direction revitalized the singer, resulting in her best album since Precious Time.” AMG That praise is a bit odd, since Get Nervous was the only other studio album she’d released since Precious Time.

The lead single, We Belong, matched the top 5 success of “Love Is a Battlefield” from the year before. While it still reached #3 on the album rock chart, it was a decidedly more pop-leaning song than previous rockers like “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” and “Heartbreaker.” The same was true for the follow-up single, Ooh Ooh Song. It was a top 40 hit and minor hit on the album rock chart, but was a long way from her more guitar-driven rock staples.

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