This was the first Mike + The Mechanics single. Rutherford formed the group when Genesis took a break in 1984. He had released two solo albums that were well received in the UK, but decided he was better off as part of a band with someone else singing lead. When "Silent Running" took off, it proved the viability of the project, especially in America. The next single, "All I Need Is A Miracle
," was also a hit, putting Mike + The Mechanics in the same league with Rutherford's bandmate Phil Collins, who had already made his mark as a solo artist.
The group reached even greater heights with their next album, Living Years
, in 1988. The title track
was a #1 hit in America.