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THE SEEKERS – “I’ll Never Find Another You”

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#188, 25th February 1965

Only the flimsiest of efforts made here to disguise the fact that “you” is shorthand for “Jesus”. “There’s a new world somewhere, they call the promised land” – and if that doesn’t tip you off, the stern, sandalled, campfire atmosphere will. This particular youth group leader has a lovely, steely voice, and certainly there are worse routes to redemption available, but after a fine run of #1s this is still too medicinal for me.

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    Gregory SInner on 23 Sep 2008 #

    My ten favourite names:
    1.Berneice(Berneice Hott of Hillsboro Texas)
    2.Clemence(from The Blue Spoon Sauk Prairie)
    3.Mary Alice(Mary Alice Williams)
    4.Audrey(my mother Audrey Schneider)
    5.Philip(Prince Philip I have an A&E video & want $89.00 carriage house clock from Old Durham Road)
    6.Gregury(When I was young man….now that I am old.)
    7.Rob(Rob Lowe)
    8.
    9.
    10.

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    Tooncgull on 25 Sep 2009 #

    Was a sucker for Seekers harmonies – but we knew this song as the “Lonely Ram Song”…. (“…and I know I’ll never find another ewe”)

    Oh how we chortled.

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    Billy Smart on 2 Jan 2011 #

    TOTPWatch: The Seekers thrice performed ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ on Top Of The Pops;

    28 January 1965. Also in the studio that week were; Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Del Shannon, The Righteous Brothers and Them. Jimmy Saville was the host.

    11 February 1965. Also in the studio that week were; The Hollies, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, The Ivy League, Tom Jones and Hermans Hermits. Alan Freeman was the host. Alan Freeman, David Jacobs, Pete Murray and Jimmy Saville were the hosts.

    25 December 1965. Also in the studio that Christmas were; Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Jackie Trent, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Walker Brothers and Unit 4 + 2.

    None of these programmes survive.

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    Paulito on 15 Jan 2011 #

    On a particularly grisly note, the Seekers were apparently the Moors murderers’ favourite pop combo.

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    crag on 14 Apr 2011 #

    DESERT ISLAND DISCS WATCH:

    Tony Greig-Cricketer(1976).

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    Lena on 25 Jul 2011 #

    British Invasion pt. weird: http://musicsoundsbetterwithtwo.blogspot.com/2011/07/one-of-these-men-is-not-like-others.html Merci for reading as ever!

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    wichita lineman on 25 Jul 2011 #

    Wow, very little comment on this. It reminds me strongly of sunday lunch, possibly being the most played record on Family Favourites in the late 60s. I’m not really sure why my parents listened to it as 80% of the songs played wouldn’t have been up their street. Maybe for the same reason we all watched TOTP together, and I continued to do so…

    I love the huge acoustic 12 string intro of INFAY, and the tune is undeniable. I’m not sure if the lyric is Christian in spite of the campfire atmos; it certainly has that love = heaven schtick which was so prevalent in Pre Rock (eg Don Cornell’s Hold My Hand), but it’s not a huge leap from that to the heaven/childhood lyrics common in R&R ballads (Angel Baby by Rosie & the Originals being the archetype).

    Do I love the record though? No. Judith Durham’s voice doesn’t grate as much as Joan Baez, but it’s so pleased with its own purity and pitch that I can’t enjoy it. Even on her minor Wigan Casino “hit” she struggles to relax, relishing the long held notes. This showboating is something Popular will be dealing with a lot quite soon, and I’m sure those entries will stir more debate than the saintly Seekers.

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    lonepilgrim on 21 Oct 2011 #

    The number two record by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, celebrated by Lena above, got to number 1 in the US, as noted here:
    http://nohardchords.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/133-wayne-fontana-and-the-mindbenders-game-of-love/

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    wichita lineman on 27 Apr 2012 #

    Elvis wanted to cover this, personally submitting it for a session in August 1967. The session was cancelled – other songs he submitted at this time but never recorded include Nat King Cole’s Ramblin’ Rose, Roy Hamilton’s Don’t Let Go, John D Loudermilk’s Great Snowman and the Ink Spots’ I Want To Thank You Folks. Intriguing, but not the Jimmy Webb/Beatles/Dylan covers you might have hoped for.

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    swanstep on 21 Mar 2014 #

    INFAY suffers a little by comparison with The Seekers’ similar, but perkier, more deftly arranged follow-up single, ‘A World of Our Own’, so it can feel like a case of ‘the wrong song getting to #1′. Still, I like INFAY a lot – the guitar hook’s great, the harmonies are killer, and the basic arc of the tune is well-crafted. Like wichita, I don’t see the lyrics’ religious interpretation as essential (and at least half of the lyrics are a very poor fit for it), rather I suspect the writer has one eye on publishing in America, anticipating a dual-use of the song by religious-minded groups there. It’ll be a stretch for them but they’ll manage it, whereas it’s not at all painful for us, as it were, to hear the ‘promised land’, ‘guide’, etc. couplets metaphorically but secularly:
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    P.S. This is the third #1 in a row I’ve rated significantly higher than Tom: I have 10-9-6 where he has 8-6-4. At least we agree on the order!

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    MikeMCSG on 17 Apr 2014 #

    #4

    That might be because their previous single was “Myra” , one you don’t hear often ( not surprisingly ) but it’s not very good anyway.

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    lonepilgrim on 23 Jul 2015 #

    I like this as I have fond memories of listening to the Seekers when I was young and I even got to sing ‘Georgy Girl’ as part of my Junior School choir. There’s something very reassuring about their harmonies which sound inclusive and welcoming. Wiki informs me that the song was written by Dusty Springfield’s brother Tom (and that his real name was the awesome ‘Dionysius P. A. O’Brien’).

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