First Hit #1: August 3, 1985
Shout is dance music for unhappy people. That’s not an insult, but it’s a reflection of the dark synths and slightly miserable lyrics, which are slightly incongruous lyrics for a song that demands you shout and let it all out during the chorus. But it does establish a good groove, it’s actually really easy to dance to, and in spite of its mechanical breakdown and emphasis on atmosphere and lyrics that trend towards the miserable, it is actually a song that allows for a release of joy, whether through movement or responding to the demands to shout.
Dance music for unhappy people, it’s genius.