Just like that, it’s the mid-seventies! And to celebrate, here’s Track 1 from the best-selling album ‘Now That’s What I Call Mid-Seventies-Easy-On-The-Ear-Pop’.
You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me, by The New Seekers ft. Lyn Paul (their 2nd and final #1)
1 week, from 13th – 20th January 1974
Exactly two years ago, the New Seekers were assaulting us with their Coca-Cola advert-slash-call to arms, ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’. I didn’t like it. It was a catchy jingle stretched out way too long. This, though… This I like.
‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’ (they did like a long song title, didn’t they?) popped up on a playlist a few years ago and I’ve had it on rotation since. It sashays in with a sassy sax, follows it up with some jaunty guitars, and adds some brilliant vocals from Lyn Paul.
You won’t find another fool like me, babe… No ya won’t… Who’ll sit around all night and wait for you… It’s not a subtle performance, not by any standards. She sets her stall out from the start and keeps it up till the very end. Even though you treat me like you do, babe… I’m so hooked on you I can’t get free… The best way I can describe her singing– and I mean this as a compliment, truly I do – is that she sounds like your mum, slightly drunk, doing karaoke at a wedding reception.
Just listen to the rasp as she growls the last Aah y’know darn well you’re foolin’… and the way she slurs the adlibs at the end… Are ya listenin’ to me? She’s loving every minute of this performance. It was the first time Paul had been given lead vocals on a New Seekers song, and she was clearly grabbing her chance by the ankles. Such was her performance that it got her a ‘featuring’ credit… Imagine if she’d got her chops around ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’! One of pop’s great ‘if only’s…
I wouldn’t go as far to describe this record as ‘perfect pop’, but it’s definitely an earworm, a tune you’ll be humming long after it’s ended. And that, when all is said and done, is what pop music should be. It doesn’t all have to change the world. ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’ is also the perfect example of a January chart-topper, one that grabbed its turn after the Christmas hits had fallen away but before the record companies had returned from their Christmas holidays. And I’m very glad it managed to sneak its week.
If anything, it’s redeemed The New Seekers for me, and in turn The Seekers before them (they didn’t share any members, but the former were formed by a member of the latter, if you get what I mean). The New Seekers would only have one further Top 10 hit in the UK, but they’re still going to this day – although with a fair few line-up changes. If this record proves one thing, it’s don’t judge a band by their biggest hit.
11 thoughts on “342. ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’, by The New Seekers ft. Lyn Paul”
Agreed it’s better than the other…and it has a good bouncy seventies pop feel.
The men and the women have the same hair do. 😀
Haha. Well, it was 1974…
singalong old-fashioned pop for older music fans, the follow-up Lyn Paul follow-up was even better – I Get A Little Sentimental could have been sung by Vera Lynn in another reality. Only it’s better than that makes it sound. Their changed line-up hit in 1978 of a song called Anthem is pretty decent too, you wouldn’t think they were the same band. Co-incidentally I just had reason to compare The Who’s See Me Feel Me/Listening To You (which I just heard for the first time) with The New Seekers hit version of Pinball Wizard/See Me Feel Me/Listening To You – and the band outdo Roger Daltrey in the climax stakes for the end of the medley. Daltrey’s Who version is positively subdued in comparison (as I’m sure Townsend wanted). So there you have it, The New Seekers have more vocal balls (or at least an ability to take it OTT) than The Who, hah! 🙂
I suggest Rock fans keep the smelling salts handy before listening to this, play loud…. 🙂
I did see that they’d done those Who covers while writing this post, but will definitely have to take a listen now!
I enjoyed “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” as it morphed into “Buy the World a Coke” when I was a kid. Plus, I really liked Judith Durham’s voice so, I lean more towards the original The Seekers. It’s a shame she parted ways with that group. Lyn Paul’s voice is close to Durham’s.
I found The Seekers #1s from the 60s a little dull, and ‘I’d Like to Teach…’ a bit annoying. This is my fave. Lyn Paul’s voice is very ‘musical theatre’, in a good way.
It’s an interesting shift between the two groups.
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