The Fool (design collective)

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The Fool were a Dutch design collective and band in the psychedelic style of art in British popular music in the late 1960s. The group was named in reference to the Fool tarot card.

Josje Leeger and Marijke Koger (1965)

The original members were Dutch artists Simon (Seemon) Posthuma and Marijke Koger, who were discovered by photographer Karl Ferris among the hippie community on the Spanish island of Ibiza in 1966. He took photographs of clothes they designed, and sent them to London where they were published in The Times. Ferris took The Fool back to London, and together they opened a studio, with the Dutch artists producing clothes and art, and Ferris pursuing photography. Barry Finch and artist Josje Leeger (Yosha) joined later.


Their work includes:

The Fool's best known artworks are those they created for the Beatles in 1966–67. They include:

After moving to Los Angeles, the Fool created the largest mural in the world at the time (1968) on the exterior of the Aquarius Theatre for a production of the Broadway musical Hair, by invitation of producer Michael Butler. Simon and Marijke went on to paint other theaters where Hair was playing, in San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago. Thereafter, The Fool split up, Simon, Barry and Josje eventually going back to Amsterdam while Marijke remained in Los Angeles to continue her artistic endeavors.

Musical career[edit]

The Fool also released an eponymous album The Fool in 1968, in the psychedelic folk style, produced by Graham Nash. It was re-released in 2005.

As Seemon & Marijke they released another album called Son of America on A & M records, also produced by Graham Nash, in collaboration with Booker T. Jones, in 1969.[citation needed]

Seemon & Marijke recorded a third album called Mediterranean Blues produced by Booker T. Jones in his Homegrown Studio in 1972. Their second single "I saw you" was a hit in the Netherlands.[citation needed]

  • The Fool as The Fool (1968)
  • Rainbow man (USA single), as The Fool (1969)
  • Shining Light (USA single), as The Fool (1969)
  • Son of America (album), as Seemon & Marijke (1971)
  • I saw you (single), as Seemon & Marijke (1971)
  • Keep on keepin' on (single), as Seemon & Marijke (1972)
  • Vegetable Stew (single), as Seemon & Marijke (1972)
  • Dreamboat (single), as Seemon & Marijke (1974)


Simon Posthuma's son, Douwe Bob, is a Dutch singer-songwriter who represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[4]


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  4. ^ "AVROTROS confirms: Douwe Bob to Stockholm! - ESCBubble". Retrieved 2015-09-22.

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