Mike + The Mechanics
|Genres:||Pop / Rock Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||80s pop rock classic rock progressive rock soft rock british|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Mike Rutherford (2 October 1950, Guildford, Surrey, England; bass) formed Mike And The Mechanics in 1985, during a pause in the career of Genesis while vocalist Phil Collins was engrossed in his solo career. The original line-up comprised Paul Carrack (b. 22 April 1951, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England; vocals/keyboards, ex-Ace) and Paul Young (b. 17 June 1947, Wythenshawe, Lancashire, England, d. 17 July 2000, Altrincham, Cheshire, England; vocals, ex-Sad Café), with additional help from Peter Van Hooke (drums) and Adrian Lee (keyboards). Van Hooke was already an accomplished session musician, having played or toured with many singers, from Van Morrison to Rod Argent. The bands first UK Top 30 hit came with Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground) in 1986, which was used as the theme to the movie On Dangerous Ground. They enjoyed greater success in the USA where the single reached number 6, and its follow-up, All I Need Is A...