Mike and the Mechanics
Mike and the Mechanics, also known as Mike + The Mechanics, is a pop/rock supergroup from England, United Kingdom. The group was formed by Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame in 1985. Over the years, the group has seen several musicians join and leave it. Currently the group is made up of Rutherford, Irish guitarist Anthony Drennan, Canadian actor and singer Tim Howar, keyboardist and backing vocalist Luke Juby, English drummer and percussionist Gary Wallis and English singer and keyboardist Andrew Roachford. Some of the group’s best known hits include The Living Years, Over My Shoulder and Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground).
Facts about Mike + The Mechanics
- The group’s lead vocalist Paul Young died tragically from a sudden heart attack on 15 July, 2000 at the age of 53.
- Since the band’s formation in 1985 to 2004, three members (vocalist Paul Carrack, keyboardist Adrian Lee and drummer Peter Van Hooke) left the group to pursue other projects.
- The group a Grammy Award nomination in 1990 for their worldwide hit single The Living Years, which up till dates is the group’s biggest hit. In order to promote the song, the group’s record label deliberately promoted the impression that the song was about the strained relationship between Rutherford and his father whose death had recently occurred. However, this wasn’t the case. In other words, the record label used the death of Rutherford’s father to promote the single.
- Between 1985 and 2017, Mike + The Mechanics have released a total of 8 studio albums.
Notable Songs by Mike + The Mechanics
Here are some of the most popular songs from Mike and the Mechanics:
- All I Need Is a Miracle
- Word of Mouth
- Over My Shoulder
- Silent Running
- Taken In
- The Living Years