And Why Not?

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And Why Not?
OriginBirmingham, West Midlands, England
GenresPop, reggae
Years active1989 (1989)–1990 (1990)
Associated actsUB40, Transvision Vamp
MembersWayne Gidden
Michael Steer
Hylton Horatio Hayles

And Why Not? were a British pop trio, from Birmingham, West Midlands, England. Their only album, Move Your Skin (1990) was produced by Alan Shacklock a guitarist in the 1970s rock band Babe Ruth and engineered by Bryan Smith and Harry Sutcliffe, recorded at Mediasmiths Studio, London, Colney.


Their style was a mix of reggae with pop. The lead vocalist, Wayne Gidden, was supported with backing vocals from Michael Steer (also on drums, percussion) and Hylton Horatio Hayles (also bass guitar). There was a fourth member called Peter Morrison, but left before they hit it big to pursue other interests.

They were successful in the UK Singles Chart during 1989 and 1990. Tracks on their 1990 album included; "The Cage", "The Face", "Correct Me If I'm Wrong", "Something U Got", "Speak the Word", "Restless Days" and "Move Your Skin".

And Why Not? played as supporting act to UB40 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in 1990, and they supported Transvision Vamp at the Hammersmith Odeon in the same year.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
Move Your Skin 24


Year Single Peak positions Album
1989 "Restless Days (She Screams Out Loud)"
B-side "Hey Na Na (Make It Good)"
38 Move Your Skin
1990 "The Face" 13
"Something You Got" 39
"The Cage" 89


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 23. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.