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Mike Rutherford: "Prog is brave people trying to do something challenging"

Mike Rutherford’s Mike + The Mechanics are back with Let Me Fly,   a soaring new album. The man himself talks about his pop connections, life on the road and being in a ‘man band’

"I still think of Mike + The Mechanics naturally as something that happened later in my career, and then you realise it’s been 32 years and you think, ‘Blimey!’” Mike Rutherford laughs.

Quietly and stealthily, the Mechanic-in-Chief has now racked up those decades, alongside eight albums, with his ‘hobby band’, as many dismissed it at the time. After realising that he was no lead vocalist himself (have you ever heard his 1982 solo album Acting Very Strange?), in 1985 Rutherford launched a studio-based group – featuring singers Paul Carrack and Sad Café’s Paul Young – that grew out of a songwriting project. Within months, their single Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground) was high in the US charts, a sleek piece of AOR that was very much of its era.


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