And Why Not? was a group comprised of Gordon Chambers, Sue Fielding, Helen Kibble and Steve Hartwell. We all worked for the same scientific instrument company in the early 90's and produced some music for a works Revue which we followed up with some of our own songs. The name is taken from the favourite phrase of Barry Norman (who denies that he ever said it - but I've heard him utter it!).
Photos by Ewa Hartwell
If you look closely you might spot some of the instruments we were working on.
A less comprehensive (and incorrect) set of information can be found at Discogs.
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 Time To Choose / Bad Salad / The Creak Of A Chair / It's Only A Rumour / Software Crash / Down In The Casbah, Samadhi, Tears Tapes (TEAR 331), C60, April 1991
 It's Only A Rumour, New Hippies Volume 2, Red Neon Tapes (RN8), C60, June 1991, Discogs
 Bad Salad, The Power And The Passion Vol VII, IRRE Tapes (IT073), C46, March 1992, Discogs
 Let It Be,The Great "We Love The Beetles" Swindle, Tears Tapes, 2 x C60, March 1992
 Bad Salad, Quatrieme Communion, Orcadia Machina, 2 x C60, September 1992, Discogs
 Creak Of A Chair / Bad Salad, Andromedia Strain, Fool's Paradise, 2 x C60, September 1992
 Bad Salad, The Best Of Irre 066-080 Vol. 5, IRRE Tapes, C90, November 1992
 Bad Salad, EBU's Music Sampler Vol. Songs & Sounds II, EBU's Music (EM033), C90, April 1994
 Down In The Casbah, Flower God, Epitapes, C90, January 1995, Discogs
The Creak Of A Chair (demo)
The title comes from the creaky chair Gordon was sitting on when playing the guitar part.
The Creak Of A Chair
Releases: Samadhi , Andromedia Strain
The proper version without a creak!
Time To Choose
Releases: Andromedia Strain, The Best Of IRRE Vol 5, Samadhi, Quatrieme Communion, EBU's Music Sampler Vol. Songs & Sounds II, The Power And The Passion Vol VII
The title is a corruption of Sad Ballad
After The Goldrush
Yes, it is the Neil Young song
It's Only A Rumour
Releases: Samadhi, New Hippies Vol 2
New lyrics to Monster Mash
A revision of Fiddler's Dram's 'The Day We Went To Bangor'. Like all corporations our company loved re-organising!
Philips Briefing Day
Yes the company was part of Philips! Once a year we were taken away to be told how well we'd been doing...
Down In The Casbah
Releases: Samadhi, Flower God
This has a totally unexpected (but very fitting) contribution from Helen's husband Dugald at the end
Don't Put Your Love To The Test
Third Time Unlucky
Let It Be
Releases: The Great 'We Love The Beetles' Swindle
A Beatles song recorded especially for the compilation. The song was chosen because of the simplicity of the chords!