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Mike and the Mechanics

  • Mike + The Mechanics were an English rock/pop band formed in 1985 as a side project of Mike Rutherford, a founding member of Genesis, that became a successful band in its own right. They are best known for their hit singles "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)", "All I Need Is a Miracle", "Over My Shoulder", "The Living Years" and "Word of Mouth".
  • The main lineup for the band were Rutherford, vocalists Paul Carrack and the late Paul Young (formerly of chart band Sad Café), keyboardist Adrian Lee and drummer Peter Van Hooke. By their 1995 album Beggar on a Beach of Gold only Rutherford, Carrack and Young were permanent members of the line-up until Young's death in 2000.
  • Mike + The Mechanics made their debut with their eponymous album in 1985.
  • Initially, the group's albums were released between Genesis albums. This ended with the
  • The song "The Living Years" US #1 single was written by both Mike Rutherford and the successful Scottish singer/writer/composer B. A. Robertson about the deaths of both their fathers. It was written about the dissension between Rutherford and his father, a situation that was never rectified prior to the death of his father. Robertson's father died just 12 weeks before the birth of his son. The song was sung by Carrack, who had lost his own father when he was only eleven years old. The album also featured the song "Nobody's Perfect" which received considerable airtime as the music to a successful television advertising campaign for Tennent's bitter.
  • The group's third album, Word of Mouth, followed in 1991 with less commercial and critical success although the lead single, with vocals by Paul Young, reached Number 13 in the UK.
  • The fourth album, Beggar on a Beach of Gold, was a high-water mark in the quality of their material, with both the album and first single "Over My Shoulder" charting well with many considering the album the band's best work.
  • Their fifth studio album was released in 1999 and was the band's second eponymous album, Mike + The Mechanics. It is generally known as the M6 album, the "Hits" album being their fifth release. As the band no longer had a distribution deal with an American record label, M6 was available as an import only.
  • After a hiatus following Young's death from a heart attack on July 15, 2000, the band reformed in 2004 as Mike + The Mechanics featuring Paul Carrack, releasing the album Rewired.
  • In 2007, interviewed during the Genesis reunion tour, Rutherford stated that Mike + The Mechanics had "run its course."

80's Hits

All I Need Is a Miracle
Silent Running
The Living Years

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