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Mike + The Mechanics - a British supergroup specializing in adult, contemporary pop-rock - released some of their biggest hit songs from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, including "All I Need is a Miracle," "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)," "Over My Shoulder" and "The Living Years." Through two distinct eras and lineups, the first from 1984 to 2004 and the second from 2010 to the present, Mike + The Mechanics have released eight studio albums, three compilation albums and more than 20 singles while touring worldwide. The band's founder Mike Rutherford, previously famous as a member of Genesis, remains the force behind a new incarnation of Mike + The Mechanics. Lately, they're taking the Mike + The Mechanics tour across North America, refreshing the band's repertoire, old and new.
Mike + The Mechanics' background
Mike Rutherford, the bassist for Genesis, founded Mike + The Mechanics in 1985 as a side project and outlet for his original songs. He recruited Paul Carrack, formerly from Squeeze, on vocals and keyboards. Then he teamed up with vocalist Paul Young from Sad Cafe, along with Adrian Lee on keyboards and Peter Van Hooke on drums. The band released its eponymous debut album the same year and soon after celebrated two top hits in the UK: "All I Need is a Miracle" and "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)."
Mike + The Mechanics' career milestones
Mike + The Mechanics followed up their first record with 1988's The Living Years, which won major success. The title track song "The Living Years" became their biggest-ever hit to top the singles' charts in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK. It was No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 by the spring of 1989.
The band scored minor hits in 1991 with "A Time and a Place" and "Everybody Gets a Second Chance," as well as the title track off their next album, Word of Mouth. The album peaked at No. 13 on the U.K. album charts. The band's fourth album, Beggar on a Beach of Gold, came in 1995 with positive reviews from critics. The title track and "Over My Shoulder" were hit singles.
With the release of 1996's compilation album Hits, which featured a reworked version of "All I Need is a Miracle," Mike + The Mechanics scored their first platinum-certified record. After this career highlight, Lee and Van Hooke left the outfit. Rutherford continued on with the remains band members as a trio, releasing a fifth album, M6, in 1999.
Paul Young passed away in mid-2000, and four years later, the surviving members re-branded as Mike + the Mechanics with Paul Carrack to release Rewired. A significant lineup change followed prior to the release of the band's next album, The Road, including the addition of new vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. They toured the UK and major European cities in 2011 before touring North America in 2015. Then in 2017, Mike + The Mechanics released their eighth studio album, Let Me Fly.
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