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Mike + The Mechanics

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Mike + The Mechanics are 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 the international hit singles "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)", "All I Need Is a Miracle", "Over My Shoulder" and "The Living Years".

The main lineup for the band were 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.




[edit] Biography

Mike + The Mechanics debuted with their eponymous album in 1985 which highlighted Rutherford's innovative guitar work and the vocal talents of the two Pauls, amongst other guest vocalists. Initially, the group's albums were released between Genesis albums. This ended with the temporary disbanding of Genesis in 1998.

The classic song "The Living Years" from the album of the same name was to be the height of their critical success to date; the UK No.2 single was written about the dissension between Rutherford and his father, Crawford Rutherford, a situation that was never rectified prior to the death of his father, sung with great passion 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. Their third album Word of Mouth followed in 1991 with less commercial and critical success although the lead single, with vocals by Paul Young, reached the Top 20. The fourth album Beggar on a Beach of Gold was a high watermark 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 self-titled album, Mike + The Mechanics. This album is generally known as the M6 album, with a "Greatest 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.

[edit] Pop Culture References

In the BBC television series The Office, Tim identifies Gareth's favourite band as Mike + The Mechanics.

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[edit] Singles

YearSongUK singlesUS Hot 100Canada singlesGerman singlesAlbum1985"Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)"21688Mike + The Mechanics1986"All I Need Is a Miracle"5351026Mike + The Mechanics1986"Taken In"-3239-Mike + The Mechanics1988"Nobody's Perfect"8063--Living Years1989"The Living Years"21113Living Years1989"Seeing Is Believing"-6246-Living Years1989"Nobody Knows"81---Living Years1989"Revolution"--82-Rude Awakening Soundtrack1991"Word of Mouth"13783627Word of Mouth1991"A Time and Place"58---Word of Mouth1991"Everybody Gets a Second Chance"56-2151Word of Mouth1995"Over My Shoulder"12-2244Beggar on a Beach of Gold1995"A Beggar on a Beach of Gold"33--64Beggar on a Beach of Gold1995"Mea Culpa"--45-Beggar on a Beach of Gold1995"Another Cup of Coffee"65-5361Beggar on a Beach of Gold1996"All I Need Is a Miracle '96"27--81Hits1996"Silent Running"61---Hits1999"Now That You've Gone"35--64M61999"Whenever I Stop"73---M6

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Awesome read.

I remmeber that year when Marshall had over 100 appearances. He was a horse.

Someone will catch on to this. The same way the Charlie Lau approach at the plate was at one time scorned, and then became cultish.

I think what Marshall said is true -- it will be used in bits and pieces. It is Catch 22 because Marshall seems like he is out there a bit. But if he wasn't that way he wouldn't have worked so hard on all of this.

He basically said he pitched in the majors as research. You have to love that. For everyone else it is a dream. For him it was research. That's awesome.

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