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bvirgo21 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/21/2008

Pharaohs" is an instrumental that served as the B-side to the "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" single. The only voice heard is a recording of a BBC Radio announcer reading the shipping forecast for the sea lanes around the United Kingdom. The title of the song is a play on the word "Faroes", one of the places referenced in the forecast. This is one of the few songs in the Tears for Fears catalogue on which founding member Curt Smith shares a writing credit. The song has since been included in the B-sides and rarities collection Saturnine Martial & Lunatic as well as the remastered and deluxe edition reissues of Songs from the Big Chair. A remix by British electronica act Groove Armada is included on their 2000 compilation album Back to Mine.

No matter how horrifying the conditions may really be, the voice reading the shipping forecast is deliberately calm and relaxed. Recorded at the Wool Hall for the b-side of 'Everybody' in a calm and relaxed way.

—Chris Hughes

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