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Mike & The Mechanics

While Phil Collins was pursuing his solo career in 1985, Genesis bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford formed the pop/rock band Mike + the Mechanics. Featuring Rutherford (bass), former Ace and Squeeze member Paul Carrack (vocals, keyboards), ex-Sad Cafe member Paul Young (vocals), keyboardist Adrian Lee, and drummer Peter Van Hooke, the group released its self-titled first album late in 1985. The record produced two Top Ten hit singles, "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" and "All I Need Is a Miracle," which both peaked on the charts in early 1986. Later that year, Rutherford returned to Genesis and Carrack revived his solo career. Mike + the Mechanics didn't release another album until 1988's The Living Years. The record was a greater success than the first album, spawning the number one hit single "The Living Years." After its release, the group was inactive for another few years, returning in 1991 with Word of Mouth, which failed to duplicate the success of its first two records. Four years later, Mike + the Mechanics released their fourth record, Beggar on a Beach of Gold, which was a moderate hit in the U.K. In the spring of 1996, Mike + the Mechanics released the greatest-hits collection Hits in Britain; M6 followed three years later. Young died of a heart attack on July 15, 2000. The band re-formed in 2004, releasing the all new Rewired under the moniker Mike + the Mechanics featuring Paul Carrack. In 2009, after a hiatus that saw Genesis' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rutherford began working on a new Mechanics record, this time with new vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar on board. The Road was released in April 2011, and followed up by a 22-show U.K. tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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I absolutely love this song so many things I want to say to my family
Living years gives me chills everytime
I never got that miracle named Judi K. Cheshire to come back to me
Best song ever. Lyrics are deep. Warning of mankind and society collapsing. Take heed.
sonseraestal l i n g s
I love Silent Runnings. Very good vocal.
harryhig
This song came out a couple years after my father passed away- in Europe. He came back in a closed casket, so I didn't get to say goodbye. Eleven months later my first child was born. So you can see how much of a personal connection I have with this song.The first time I heard it I cried. It still gets me all these years later.
prestomagia
It is one of those real songs that tells it like it is. Love those true and sometimes melancholic songs. Really does speak to the human need of connection.
Still a terrific composition. Sanctioned by our deep human interest in 'connection' with those closest to us - and our regret at not having said what we should have after it was too late.
Well, it is classic rock from a while ago. Mike & the Mechanics are good, I remember
I love this song. Gosh it is something to remember if we are left behind.
I LOVE THIS SONG IS A GREAT SONG!!
sonseraestal l i n g s
Living Years is good but I LOVE Silent Running. Really good song.
bagarvey33
Great song... And with regard to the selfish comment, who cares, some people with a heart do care. But then some get it, and others don't!
My all time favorite too. Sounds like he was around my dad and I. So many regrets i have........ . . . . . . . . .
joekate2
what a great group where did the great music go?
I have always loved there music. The Living Years is my all time favorite song
dgraber460
The Living Years is a great song!
I realize it has been some time since the last 2 entries about Paul Young not being dead.

Bad news, wrong Paul Young. The vocalist Paul Young that worked with Mike + The Mechanics did die of a heart attack in 2000. In Wiki, look under Paul Young and then look for 'Not to be confused with the singer Paul Young who was in Sad Café and Mike + The Mechanics.'

Who cares?
from wikipedia: Paul met his wife, ex-model Stacey Smith, on his video for "Come Back and Stay" in 1983. They married while they were living in Los Angeles in November 1987. Together they have 3 children, daughters Levi (born March 1987), Layla (born August 1994), and son Grady Cole (born January 1996). Paul and Stacey split in May 2006, however in March 2009 it was announced that they had reconciled<2 > . Paul is a close friend of Singer and Spandau Ballet front man Tony Hadley th
from wikipedia: Paul met his wife, ex-model Stacey Smith, on his video for "Come Back and Stay" in 1983. They married while they were living in Los Angeles in November 1987. Together they have 3 children, daughters Levi (born March 1987), Layla (born August 1994), and son Grady Cole (born January 1996). Paul and Stacey split in May 2006, however in March 2009 it was announced that they had reconciled<2 > . Paul is a close friend of Singer and Spandau Ballet front man Tony Hadley the two toured Aus
Wikipedia has a picture of him performing in 2004........ .
eric.colman1
You have here that Paul Young passed away in 2000. I don't think that's true. I'm certain he's alive and well and still performing.
great song
robert_palme r 7 1
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