Mike + The Mechanics (Mike + The Mechanics)

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The Album

In the vibrant tapestry of 1980s rock music, few albums burst onto the scene as confidently and creatively as Mike + The Mechanics (Mike + The Mechanics) the eponymous debut album of the band formed by Genesis member Mike Rutherford. Released on October 5, 1985, this album marked the birth of a new musical endeavor that would soon make its own significant mark on the rock landscape.

With “Mike + The Mechanics,” Rutherford embarked on a musical journey that expanded beyond the confines of his work with Genesis. The album’s sound is a blend of melodic rock, pop sensibilities, and a touch of progressive elements that pay homage to Rutherford’s Genesis roots while forging a distinct identity for the new band. The tracks range from upbeat and energetic to introspective and emotive, demonstrating a diverse range of musical influences and emotional themes.

The album’s standout tracks have become enduring classics in the realm of 1980s rock. The poignant “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)” immediately captured listeners’ attention with its distinctive synth-driven intro and evocative lyrics. The song’s powerful message about environmental concerns and societal indifference remains as relevant as ever.

“Taken In” is another gem that showcases the band’s ability to craft memorable melodies while exploring themes of yearning and vulnerability. Meanwhile, the anthemic “All I Need Is a Miracle” combines infectious hooks with a message of hope and determination, making it a beloved favorite among both fans and casual listeners.

“Mike + The Mechanics” features an impressive lineup of musicians, with Paul Carrack on lead vocals, Rutherford on guitar, and Adrian Lee on keyboards, among others. The collaboration between these talented musicians led to a seamless fusion of their individual styles, resulting in a cohesive and dynamic album.

The self-titled album’s success was undeniable. “Mike + The Mechanics” climbed the charts, earning a place in the top 10 of various music charts around the world, including the UK Albums Chart and the Billboard 200 in the United States. Its commercial triumph was a testament to the band’s ability to capture the essence of 1980s rock while adding their unique spin to the genre.

Mike + The Mechanics (Mike + The Mechanics) stands as a testament to the creative potential of collaboration and the power of evolution within music. This debut album not only introduced the world to a new musical endeavor but also showcased Mike Rutherford’s skill in crafting songs that resonate emotionally and connect on a universal level.

As listeners revisit “Mike + The Mechanics,” they are transported back to a time when rock music was experiencing a rich period of innovation and creativity. The album’s timeless melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, and seamless blend of musical influences continue to make it a compelling and rewarding listen, reminding us that great music has the power to transcend time and capture the spirit of its era while leaving a lasting impression.

Track Listing

  1. Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)
  2. All I Need Is A Miracle
  3. Par Avion
  4. Hanging By A Thread
  5. I Get The Feeling
  6. Take The Reins
  7. You Are The One
  8. A Call To Arms
  9. Taken In

All I Need Is A Miracle

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Lyrics

I said go if you wanna go
Stay if you wanna stay
I didn’t care if you hung around me
I didn’t care if you run away

And I know you were never right
I’ll admit I was never wrong
I could never make up my mind
I made it up as I went along
And though I treated you like a child
I’m gonna miss you for the rest of my life

All I need is a miracle, all I need is you
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you

I never had any time
And I never had any call
But I went out of my way just to hurt you
The one I shouldn’t hurt at all

I thought I was being cool
Yeah, I thought I was being strong
But it’s always the same old story
You never know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone
If I ever catch up with you
I’m gonna love you for the rest of your life

All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you

And if I ever catch up with you
I’m gonna love you for the rest of your life (life)

All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a (all I need is a miracle), all I need is a (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is you (all I need is a miracle) (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is you (all I need is a miracle) (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is you (all I need is a miracle) (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is you (all I need is a miracle)

Reference

Mike + The Mechanics (1985 album) – Wikipedia