BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Won’t Find Better Than Me”

Happy New Year, everyone!

I saw an interesting story while I was working on a recent Friday 5×2, involving the song “Won’t Find Better Than Me,” which I had never heard before. A band called The Kit Kats recorded and released it as a single in 1966, and it failed to chart. Here’s that recording.

Several years later in 1969, the same band, now calling themselves New Hope (maybe because of the song) recorded and released a different version, and it went to #57 on the Hot 100, and rose much higher in some markets. Here’s that version.

So there are two different versions, recorded by two different bands (albeit with the same exact members), of “Won’t Find Better Than Me.” The question is, which one is better? Did they give up too soon on the original one, or was it better after they re-recorded it?

I’ll leave it up to you to decide. Listen to both versions of the song, decide which of the two you like better, and vote for it by leaving a comment below, telling me which it is and, if you’ve a mind to, why you liked that one better. Then, take a few minutes and stop over at Stephen’s Battle of the Bands blog, where he’ll most likely have a battle of his own, vote in his battle, then follow the links he has on his page to participate in the other Battles that are going on today, if you’d be so kind. Remember, you need not be a Battle of the Bands participant to voice your opinion on the battles. Next Tuesday, January 8, I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner, so be sure and have your vote in by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to The Kit Kats and New Hope!

11 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Won’t Find Better Than Me”

  1. Never heard of the song or the groups. It’s kind of a neat song–a relic of that era. Really kind of a tough choice since there is so much similarity. The New Hope version has a slicker sound I think, but I like the punchier sound of The Kit Kats–the latter gets my vote.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Whew. This is a tough one. I thought for sure I was going to like the newer version better as most bands progress in their sound as they get more years and experience behind them. But the New Hope version just sounded like it had more orchestration and the voices seemed to be swallowed in the sound. I actually prefer the original, Kit Kat version because it feels more pure (and not because their band name makes me crave chocolate!)

    #BattleOfTheBands : World Changing Edition

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  3. Happy New Year! I am still quite sick which sucks but I hope I will get better soon….it’s been 2 weeks. Ok so I listened to both and I give it to the second version…New Hope. I never heard of this song but, I would listen to the second one because it seems more polished and I like the piano in it. I wonder what happened to them after this….

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  4. A blessed 2019 to you, JOHN! I hope it’s everything that YOU hope it is!

    Ha! Very neat ‘n’ clever BOTB idea. Nicely done, Brother!

    As is true for most other folks as well, I was completely unfamiliar with this song.

    Immediately when the second version started, I knew instantly that it was getting my vote. First of all, the rinky-tink piano! Then as it gets into the body of the song, it sounds more lush, fuller. In fact, it reminded me quite a bit of some of those early Monkees songs. (And, yes, I like early Monkees.)

    The first version was a bit more raw and a bit more “jangly”, which is not really my mug o’ suds.

    Not a bad song – and very much a time capsule piece from the ’60s (which I still remember well because I was too young to do dope). 🙂

    ~ D-FensDogG @ STMcC Presents ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’

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  5. Liked the second, New Hope, version better. The first one was kind of boring , I thought. The second version had a better arrangement with the chorus and instrumentals breaking up the repetition of the phrase ” won’t find better than me” more.

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  6. Happy New Year, John! 🙂 I’ve never heard this song before and there doesn’t seem to be that much difference between the two recordings. The second one does sound a bit fuller and the piano is a nice touch, so I’ll go with New Hope.

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