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Mike Rutherford (II)

If drummer and singer Phil Collins became the superstar of Genesis, it could be said that Mike Rutherford was the secret weapon on their way to fame, fortune and selling out the world's biggest venues. He wrote the lyrics for their first major international single, Follow You Follow Me, which became a UK top ten and a US top 30 hit. He wrote the ... See full bio »

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 2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mitt Romney/Grace Helbig/G-Unit (2015) ... (writer: "That's All" - uncredited)
 2015 Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980 (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Turn it on Again")
 2014 Danny Baker Rocks... (A Bit) (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Seventies (2014) ... (writer: "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)")
 2014 Beer and Board Games (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dylan Abuse, Sloan Rage, and Silliness (2014) ... (writer: "All I Need Is A Miracle")
 2013 La Marató 2013 (TV Movie) (writer: "Mirant enrera")
 2012 American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 8 Perform (2012) ... (writer: "That's All")
 2012 American Dad! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Old Stan in the Mountain (2012) ... (writer: "Invisible Touch")
 2012 Metal Evolution (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Progressive Metal (2012) ... (writer: "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight")
 2010 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Special Education (2010) ... (writer: "The Living Years" - uncredited)
 2010 Todd's Pop Song Reviews (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1987 (2010) ... (writer: "Invisible Touch", "Land of Confusion", "In Too Deep", "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight")
 2010 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Our All Time Favourite Films (2010) ... (writer: "All I Need Is A Miracle" - uncredited)
 2008 Genesis: When in Rome (Video) (lyrics: "Land of Confusion", "Follow You Follow Me", "Ripples", "Throwing It All Away") / (writer: "Duke's Intro [Behind The Lines/Duke's End]", "Turn It On Again", "No Son of Mine", "Land of Confusion", "In The Cage Medley [In The Cage, The Cinema Show, Duke's Travels]", "Hold On My Heart", "Home By The Sea", "Second Home By The Sea", "Follow You Follow Me", "Firth of Fifth", "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)", "Mama", "Ripples", "Throwing It All Away", "Domino", "Los Endos", "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight", "Invisible Touch", "I Can't Dance", "The Carpet Crawlers")
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) (writer: "Mama")
 2008 Willkommen Österreich (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.37 (2008) ... (writer: "I Can't Dance" - uncredited)
 2008 Summerhood (writer: "The Living Years")
 2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (writer: "Follow You, Follow Me")
 2006 Cesko hledá SuperStar (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tretí semifinále: Kluci (2006) ... (writer: "Over My Shoulder")
 2006 The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Jesus He Knows Me" - as Michael Rutherford) / (writer: "Jesus He Knows Me" - as Michael Rutherford)
 2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Video Game) (writer: "Turn It on Again")
 2006 The Eight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Titanic (2006) ... (writer: "Mama" - uncredited)
 2004 Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kvalprogram 4 (2004) ... (writer: "Over My Shoulder")
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Glued (2004) ... (writer: "Follow You Follow Me")
 2001 Top Ten (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Prog Rock (2001) ... (writer: "Follow You, Follow Me", "The Living Years", "Congo")
 2000 American Psycho (writer: "In Too Deep" - as Michael Rutherford)
 1997 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Live Grand Final 1997 (1997) ... (writer: "The Living Years")
- Episode #8.4 (1997) ... (writer: "The Living Years")
 1996 The Eighth Day (writer: "Jesus He Knows Me" - as Michael Rutherford)
  Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1977 - 1995) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1978) (music - 1 episode, 1978)
- Episode dated 22 June 1995 (1995) ... (writer: "A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold")
- Episode dated 13 April 1978 (1978) ... (lyrics: "Follow You, Follow Me") / (music: "Follow You, Follow Me")
- Episode dated 6 April 1978 (1978) ... (writer: "Follow You Follow Me')
- Episode dated 2 June 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "Match of the Day")
 1994-1995 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Montreux-Mix II (1995) ... (writer: "I Can't Dance" - uncredited)
- 23.exe (1995) ... (writer: "I Can't Dance" - uncredited)
- XXIV - 0024 (1995) ... (writer: "I Can't Dance" - uncredited)
- Variation 18 (1994) ... (writer: "I Can't Dance" - uncredited)
- Seite 17 (1994) ... (writer: "I Can't Dance" - uncredited)
 1994 David Copperfield: 15 Years of Magic (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Mama")
 1994 Monte Video (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tag des Haushaltsgerätes (1994) ... (writer: "I Can't Dance")
 1993 Rookie of the Year (writer: "Get Up" - as Michael Rutherford)
 1993 Palm Harbor Vice 2: Brotherhood of the Monkey (writer: "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight")
 1993 The Magic of David Copperfield XV: Fires of Passion (TV Special) (writer: "Mama")
 1993 Genesis: The Way We Walk - Live in Concert (Video documentary) (lyrics: "Land of Confusion", "Dreaming While You Sleep") / (music: "Land of Confusion", "No Son Of Mine", "Driving The Last Spike", "Fading Lights", "Jesus He Knows Me", "Dreaming While You Sleep", "Home By The Sea", "Hold On My Heart", "Domino", "I Can't Dance", "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight", "Invisible Touch", "Turn It On Again") / (writer: "Old Medley")
 1992 Otto - Der Liebesfilm (writer: "I Can't Dance")
 1992 Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even (writer: "Everybody Gets A Second Chance")
 1989 Mike + The Mechanics: A Closer Look (Video) (lyrics: "Hanging By a Thread") / (lyrics: "Silent Running" (1985), "All I Need Is a Miracle" (1985), "Taken In" (1985), "Nobody's Perfect" (1988), "Nobody Knows" (1988), "Seeing Is Believing" (1988), "The Living Years" (1988) - as M. Rutherford) / (music: "Hanging By a Thread") / (music: "Silent Running" (1985), "All I Need Is a Miracle" (1985), "Taken In" (1985), "Nobody's Perfect" (1988), "Nobody Knows" (1988), "Seeing Is Believing" (1988), "The Living Years" (1988) - as M. Rutherford)
 1988 Genesis: Live at Wembley Stadium (Video) (lyrics: "Abacab", "Land of Confusion", "Throwing It All Away", "Turn It On Again") / (writer: "Mama", "Abacab", "Domino", "That's All", "The Brazilian", "Land of Confusion", "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight", "Throwing It All Away", "Home By The Sea", "Invisible Touch", "Los Endos", "Turn It On Again", "Do The Neurotic")
 1986-1988 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Unfinished Business (1988) ... (writer: "The Brazilian" - as Michael Rutherford)
- Laura (1987) ... (writer: "Tonight Tonight Tonight" - as Michael Rutherford)
- Death and Taxes (1986) ... (writer: "Mama" - as Michael Rutherford)
 1987 The Allnighter (lyrics: "TAKE THE REINS") / (music: "TAKE THE REINS")
 1986 Miami Vice (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Baby Blues (1986) ... (writer: "Hanging By A Thread" - uncredited)
- Yankee Dollar (1986) ... (writer: "Par Avion" - uncredited)
 1986 Choke Canyon (writer: "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" - as Michael Rutherford)
 1985 White Nights (writer: "The Other Side of the World" - as Michael Rutherford)
 1985 Phil Collins: No Jacket Required (TV Movie) (writer: "Behind The Lines")
 1984 Against All Odds (performer: "MAKING A BIG MISTAKE") / (writer: "MAKING A BIG MISTAKE")
 1984 Genesis: The Mama Tour (Video documentary) (writer: "Abacab", "That's All", "Mama", "Illegal Alien", "Home By The Sea", "Second Home By The Sea", "Keep It Dark", "It's Gonna Get Better", "In The Cage", "The Cinema Show", "...In That Quiet Earth", "Supperman", "Turn It On Again")
 1983 Phil Collins: Live at Perkins Palace (Video) (writer: "Behind The Lines")
 1978 Derrick (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ute und Manuela (1978) ... (writer: "Follow you, follow me")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Albums with Mike & The Mechanics: Mike & The Mechanics (1985), The Living Years (1988), Word of Mouth (1991), Beggar on a Beach of Gold (1995), Hits (1996), Mike & The Mechanics (a.k.a. M6) (1999) and Rewired (2004). See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Genesis | Mike and the Mechanics | Michael Rutherford


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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Personal Quote:

Abacab, Genesis and Invisible Touch were for me a real pleasure to do. Each one was an adventure we faced without any preconceived ideas. It was, 'Here we go, hope it works and let's see which way it takes us'. And Phil's voice had developed so much. He'd gone from being a drummer who sang to being a great singer. See more »


Educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey. See more »


Towering height and slender frame See more »


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