Mike Rutherford was in good company as he rose through the ranks of the music industry. As guitar/bass player for British art-rockers Genesis, Rutherford worked side by side with Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins as the band made a name for themselves with their theatrical shows and progressive recordings. Rutherford's first solo effort came in 1980, but it was not until he teamed up with singer Paul Young of Sad Cafe and singer Paul Carrack of Squeeze that he found commercial success outside of Genesis.
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 their 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.
During 1986, Rutherford returned to Genesis and Carrack revived his solo career. Mike and 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; they returned in 1991 with Word of Mouth, which failed to duplicate the success of their first two records. Four years later, Mike and 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 and The Mechanics released the greatest-hits collection, Hits, in Britain; M6 followed four years later. Young died of a heart attack on July 15, 2000.
As a result of Young's tragic passing, Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack reunited shortly thereafter for a Paul Young tribute concert along with former members of Paul Young's other noted band, Sad Cafe, in Young's home town of Manchester, England.
The impact of Young's death initially led surviving Mechanics' members Carrack and Rutherford to state that while the band would continue, they will not tour in support of future efforts. This decision would be one that the band would struggle with over the next few years. Eventually, Carrack and Rutherford decided that Young would have wanted them to carry on without him.
On April 11, 2011, Mike + The Mechanics
released The Road
, their first studio album since 2004’s Rewired
. In the past decade, Mike + The Mechanics
has truly evolved in virtually every sense of the word, but perhaps never more so than in the past year. After the passing of co-lead singer Paul Young in July 2000 and the departure of fellow front man Paul Carrack in 2005, the future of The Mechanics
seemed uncertain at best.
Thankfully for Mechanics
fans, founding member Mike Rutherford carried on with long-time Producer Chris Neil and began recruiting a new team of players to shape the next generation of the band.
Mike Rutherford’s newly rebuilt Mechanics
have a new album in 2011 and aptly titled ‘Hit the Road’ European tour. The Road
features the additions of popular British R&B/Pop singer/songwriter Andrew Roachford and Canadian singer Tim Howar who have taken up the mantle from Carrack and Young. The Mechanics
is rounded out with Gary Wallis on drums, Anthony Drennan on guitars and bass and, of course, Mike Rutherford on guitars and bass.