What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)

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"What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side "Things Can Only Get Better"
Released 10 August 1992 (1992-August-10)
Recorded London, England
Genre Dance-pop , Techno
Length 3:44
Label PWL
  • Mike Stock
  • Pete Waterman
Certification Gold
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Finer Feelings"
"What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"

"What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)" is a song performed by Australian recording artist and songwriter Kylie Minogue, from her greatest hits album Greatest Hits (1992). The song was written by Mike Stock, Kylie Minogue and Pete Waterman, and produced by Stock and Waterman.

It was Minogue's last original single to be released from the record label PWL, as although "Celebration" was released as the last single, it was a cover version, not an original single. The single was released on 10 August 1992 as a CD single and had received positive reception from music critics, many praising it as a good last single from PWL. The song peaked at number seventeen and fourteen in Australia and the United Kingdom, respectively.


The song was taken from Minogue's first compilation album Greatest Hits as the first single and last original single to be released by her label PWL, but her second single from the album, "Celebration", was taken as the last single. The song was written by Stock and Waterman, as well as Minogue contributing in the lyrics and was produced by Stock and Waterman.


Critical response[edit]

The song received generally positive reviews from many music critics, who praised it as a good single for her last PWL single. Many critics compared the song with "I Should Be So Lucky" and "Better the Devil You Know", but they did say that the song lacked a catchy hook. The song was released on 10 August 1992 worldwide. The cover featured Minogue all wet, with her name and the song's title on it. The picture is framed by a pink border, but in Europe it had different shades.

Minogue admitted in an interview with the Australian Sunday Telegraph in October 2008, that she is no longer fond of the song: "There's plenty I've cringed about," she says. "There's one track I really didn't like called 'What Kind of Fool'. But I realised you can run, but you can't hide, so I embraced 'I Should Be So Lucky' and the rest of them." It also became one of Minogue's least performed tracks. It made its debut on her 2005 tour Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour, and currently her last performance was at her North American Tour 2009. It is also rumored to feature on Minogue's 'Anti-tour' because it didn't get performed majorly.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Despite receiving positive reviews from music critics, the song however did not receive much commercial attention. The song had debuted at number thirty-seven in her native Australia. After five weeks, it climbed and peaked at number seventeen. The song received gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), selling over 35,000 copies.[2] The song debuted at number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart. The song later rose to number fourteen, where it peaked, staying in the charts for five weeks. The song debuted at number twenty-two on the Irish Singles Chart, but became unsuccessful, fall off the charts after two weeks.

Music video[edit]

The music video features Minogue sunbathing in front of a blanket, while a male actor is behind it with a rose. It later showed the male and Minogue having a source of intercourse, while she is singing in a hot day. In the bridge, it shows Minogue in a blue plaid dress dancing while the spotlight spreads all over a wall. She later serenades her lover, and she dances in a house. The music video later ends with Minogue kissing him and she walks out the room, while the man sits on a chair feeling bothered, or left alone. The song's reception itself became one of Minogue's least successful singles to date.[citation needed] The single's video recreated scenes made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 1956 film And God Created Woman. The song was featured on MTV Classics channel in 2011 and was listed at number thirty-four on Evolution of... Kylie Minogue.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)".

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:


Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 17
Germany (Media Control) 81
Ireland (IRMA) 22
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company).[4] 14


  1. ^ "Kylie Minogue planning anti-tour for superfans". Movies.ndtv.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Kylie Minogue - What Kind Of Fool". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - What Kind of Fool? (Heard All That Before) by Kylie Minogue". Itunes.apple.com. 1992-08-10. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Kylie Minogue - What Kind Of Fool". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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