And Why Not?

And Why Not? (Youtube channel) 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!).

And Why Not back And Why Not front

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.

Compilation Appearances

[1] 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

[2] It's Only A Rumour, New Hippies Volume 2, Red Neon Tapes (RN8), C60, June 1991, Discogs

[3] Bad Salad, The Power And The Passion Vol VII, IRRE Tapes (IT073), C46, March 1992, Discogs

[4] Let It Be,The Great "We Love The Beetles" Swindle, Tears Tapes, 2 x C60, March 1992

[5] Bad Salad, Quatrieme Communion, Orcadia Machina, 2 x C60, September 1992, Discogs

[6] Creak Of A Chair / Bad Salad, Andromedia Strain, Fool's Paradise, 2 x C60, September 1992

[7] Bad Salad, The Best Of Irre 066-080 Vol. 5, IRRE Tapes, C90, November 1992

[8] Bad Salad, EBU's Music Sampler Vol. Songs & Sounds II, EBU's Music (EM033), C90, April 1994

[9] Down In The Casbah, Flower God, Epitapes, C90, January 1995, Discogs

Track By Track

The Creak Of A Chair (demo)
Releases: None
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, Youtube
The proper version without a creak!

Time To Choose
Releases: Samadhi, Youtube

Bad Salad
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, Youtube
The title is a corruption of Sad Ballad

After The Goldrush
Releases: None
Yes, it is the Neil Young song

It's Only A Rumour
Releases: Samadhi, New Hippies Vol 2, Youtube

Software Crash
Releases: Samadhi
New lyrics to Monster Mash

Lab Move
Releases: None
A revision of Fiddler's Dram's 'The Day We Went To Bangor'. Like all corporations our company loved re-organising!

Philips Briefing Day
Releases: None
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, Youtube
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
Releases: Youtube

Third Time Unlucky
Releases: Youtube

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!


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