Why? (Bronski Beat song)

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"Why?"
WhySingle.jpg
Single by Bronski Beat
from the album The Age of Consent
Released 1984
Format
Genre
Length
  • 4:04 (album version)
  • 3:55 (7" version)
  • 7:46 (12" version)
  • 5:11 (12" version, remixed by Steve Bronski & Larry Steinbachek)
  • 6:19 (remix)
Label London Records
Songwriter(s) Steve Bronski, Jimmy Somerville, Larry Steinbachek
Producer(s) Mike Thorne
Bronski Beat singles chronology
"Smalltown Boy"
(1984)
"Why?"
(1984)
"It Ain't Necessarily So"
(1984)
"Smalltown Boy"
(1984)
"Why?"
(1984)
"It Ain't Necessarily So"
(1984)

"Why?" is a single by British synthpop trio Bronski Beat and appeared on their 1984 album The Age of Consent.

The song, recorded at RPM Studios, NYC and mixed at Townhouse Studio, London, pursued an energetic musical formula, while the lyrics focused more centrally on anti-gay prejudice. The song opens with a questioning vocal by frontman and vocalist Jimmy Somerville and the shattering of breaking glass. It was the trio's second Top 10 success in the UK, throughout Europe and in Australia and is today considered a popular gay anthem.

Single cover[edit]

The drawing for the single cover, of a man with his head in his hands, was drawn for the band by Glasgow artist Robert McAulay, who was associated with the band at the time.

Track and format listing[edit]

12" Vinyl US release - MCA Records MCA-23538
No. Title Length
1. "Why?" (Extended Mix) 7:45
2. "Why?" (Radio Edit) 4:04
3. "Cadillac Car" 7:35

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2006, Supermode released "Tell Me Why", containing lyrics from "Why?" and melodic samples from another Bronski Beat track entitled "Smalltown Boy".
  • British electronic musician Andi Fraggs has been performing "Why?" on his live shows and has named it his "favourite gay anthem".[25]

In media[edit]

The song was utilized as a soundtrack by Peugeot for French language advertisements of the Peugeot 205 hatchback range. The recording itself was in English. "Why?" was also featured in the soundtrack of the 1986 Bill Sherwood sleeper hit film Parting Glances starring John Bolger. It was featured in the soundtrack of the 2014 film Pride.

References[edit]

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  25. ^ "Looking forward to...". Facebook. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.