Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mike + The Mechanics;

Mike + The Mechanics are (were?) an English rock/pop supergroup formed in 1985 as a side project of Mike Rutherford, one of the founding members of Genesis. The band is known for their hit singles "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)", "All I Need Is a Miracle", "Word of Mouth", "Over My Shoulder", and "The Living Years".  The group included besdies Rutherford, vocalists Paul Carrack and Paul Young, keyboardist Adrian Lee and drummer Peter Van Hooke.  Carrack was generally assigned to ballads and more pop-oriented numbers, while Young handled the band's heavier work.  Following Young's death Paul Carrack became the band's sole lead vocalist until 2004 when the band went on hiatus. The band identity was revived in 2010 with a completely new set of Mechanics working with Rutherford, including new vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar.  This record above is Mike + The Mechanics, their debut 
album that reached number 26 on the Billboard 200 album charts and had three hit singles. "Silent Running", featuring lead vocals by Paul Carrack, and the up-tempo "All I Need Is a Miracle", featuring lead vocals by Paul Young, both reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at numbers 6 and 5 respectively, with the former also peaking at number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The third single off the album, "Taken In", was a lesser hit, reaching No.32 on the Hot 100 and No.7 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart.  "Silent Running" and "All I Need is a Miracle" were also hits in the UK, reaching numbers 21 and 53 in the UK Singles Chart respectively.

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