Mike + The Mechanics Songs

Top 10 Songs of Mike + The Mechanics

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Mike + The Mechanics’ Top 10 hits list takes a look at some of the most popular songs released by the band over their 20-plus year career. Long best known for his work at Genesis, Mike Rutherford formed his solo band Mike + The Mechanics in the 1980s as many of his Genesis colleagues were also celebrating solo projects and solo careers.

Top 10 Songs of Mike + The Mechanics

#10 – Silent Running

We open the Mike + The Mechanics song list with the sensational song “Silent Running”. The song was released on the band’s debut album, Mike + mechanics. The album was released in 1985. Mike Rutherford co-wrote this song with his longtime musical assistant, Scottish artist BA Robertson. Rutherford explained that the song was ultimately about time travel. The grandfather in this tale can look to the future and warn his family that things in England are not looking right. He is trying to contact his loved ones to let them know to prepare for the looming disaster. That’s why there is a phrase that says “Can you hear me? Can you hear me calling you?”

Lyrically, the phrase “silent running” does not appear; Rather, it is a reference to the narrative structure in which the father constantly asks the boy if he can hear him running. The song’s subtitle “On Dangerous Ground” was added to promote the movie of the same name. However, much of that effort was wasted, because the film was distributed in the United States under the name Choke Canyon (On Dangerous Ground was the UK title). Unfortunately, the song’s success was not reflected in the film’s box office performance. No interpretation of the transliteration was given to American listeners.

#9 – All the Light I Need

Continuing the Mike + The Mechanics track list, we present the major hit “All The Light I Need”. The song was released on the album m 6. The album was released in 1999. It was the third single released from the albums and the only one not to be broken into the music charts. Paul Karak Sings lead vocals on the song.

#8 – Save my soul

The lead singers for this version of the Mike + The Mechanics recording are Andrew Roachford (“Cuddly Toy (Feel for Me)”) and Tim Howar. In “Save My Soul,” Rochford sings, he is looking for a higher power or a reason to dedicate his life. Many biblical allusions and the message of redemption are woven into this hymn. The song begins, “I traveled south to wash away my sins.”

The song was co-written by Rochford, mechanic Mike Rutherford, and Rutherford’s longtime friend and music producer Fraser T Smith, who has also worked with Rick Wakeman, Craig David, Britney Spears, Lily Allen, and a slew of other artists.

#7 – Always listen to your heart

At number seven on Mike + The Mechanics’ Top 10 is the very beautiful song “Always Listen To Your Heart”. The song was released in 1999. At first, many electric guitars were distorted, and the song progresses slowly with regular drumming. Listen to your heart, be honest and show strength in every life; These tips may seem obvious, but Paul Young plays a wise elder who has made mistakes and learned from them in order to impart wisdom to the younger generation. Paul Young’s voice is set over and over to accompany the chorus.

#6 – Let Me Fly

While many of Mike Rutherford’s compositions have an ominous tone, his song “Let Me Fly” is upbeat and upbeat. The message, he claims, is “In other words, don’t feel bad about anything. Try it if you’re curious.” Mike + The Mechanics’ eighth studio album, the second with a mix of Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, is titled Self-Titled. Rochford, whose single “Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me)” was a hit in the UK, provided the main vocals here.

This song was co-written by Jonny Hits, lead singer of jazz Clark Dachler, Rutherford, and Rochford. Torn Dreams was a huge success for them, and he wrote it. Just like in Mike + The Mechanics’ mega hit “The Living Years,” this song also has a chorus. Their lineup includes Cherice Kirton, Godfrey Gayle, Joey Malcolm, Priscilla Jones, Sobrina McCalla, and Xavier Barnett.

#5 – Opening up

Entering Paul Carrack’s voice, the song transforms from quiet synth beats and bold guitar sounds to a melodic pop tune. Don’t be afraid to let your partner know how you feel; Paul Karak is begging for another chance in their relationship, too. Perhaps the breakup hasn’t quite happened yet, but by staying silent and not sharing feelings, one is constantly misunderstood and seen as unreliable.

#4 – Nobody knows

This heartfelt song was written by Mike Rutherford, bandleader and lyricist, and Christopher Neal, co-producer of the album. In the song the hero explains his love after it ends. What kills him is the amount of time and effort they put into their marriage. There’s a poem at the end of the song, “It kills just knowing your kids won’t be mine,” particularly poignant. Paul Karak, half of the singing duo Paul Karak and Paul Young, was the primary vocalist here. Karak also sang the album’s title track.

#3 – Over my shoulder

One of Mike + The Mechanics’ biggest hits in the UK is the song Over My Shoulder, which was written by bandleader, Mike Rutherford, and songwriter Paul Karak. The hero of the song reflects on his relationship with his ex-girlfriend.

#2 – All I need is a miracle

Mike Rutherford, known for his work with Genesis, is the “Mike” of Mike + Mechanics. In addition to Genesis, each member pursued other endeavours; The solo careers of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins received the most attention, while Mike Rutherford was a hit, with their 1988 single “The Living Years” becoming a top ten smash.

Mike Rutherford once said, “If you write a great song, you want a great voice, and that voice isn’t me.” This was his justification for not contributing vocals to the band. These and three other songs on the CD feature Paul Young, who was a former Sad Cafe (not to be confused with Paul Young who performed Every Time You Go Away). Paul Karak, of Squeeze and solo fame, contributed vocals for three additional tracks.

Young died in 2000, at the age of 53. Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass) and Christopher Neal (record producer) wrote this song for Mike + The Mechanics’ debut album. The hero of the song has abused his girlfriend and wants her badly now. The upbeat rhythm challenges the song’s sad theme, creating a state of linguistic dissonance.

#1 – Living Years

We closed the Top 10 hits list for Mike + The Mechanics with the heartbreaking son of the bands “The Living Years”. The song was written by Mike Rutherford and BA Robertson. Since Robertson and Rutherford have experienced the loss of their parents, the song is very personal to both of them. Several drafts of the song have been created. Before his father’s death in 1986, BA Robertson wrote the first house. Rutherford’s father also died that year. With this verse as inspiration, the two worked together to write the music, and sometime later Robertson wrote the second stanza. He didn’t finish writing the last stanza of the song until just before it was recorded.

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