Don't Know Why is a song that is featured on The Rutles Shite Album and Archeology 1 album.


The song was originially recorded in 1968 by The Rutles, it was released on The Shite Album, but Ron Nasty recorded an alternate version that it wasn't released at the time, due to its sudden disappearance in 1979 down the back of a sofa. In 1995, Stig O'Hara and Barry Wom were looking for another track to put onto The Rutles Archeology 1 album, preferably a song by Ron Nasty that they hadn't released yet. Their problem was solved when Chastity, Nasty's wife, came round to the recording studio to give them the unreleased casette tape from 1977 that she found down the back of the sofa.


Dirk, Stig and Barry then took that tape and recorded each of their vocals on top. They then asked Jeff Lynt, frontman of the Eccentric Lice Orchestra and Stig's ex-bandmate in Travelways Buslines, to produce the track. The Rutles' recorded another unreleased song during these sessions, but Jeff accidentally dropped his jar of lice, and the studio had to be evacuated, with the song remaining unfinished since.