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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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 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 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)
 2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (writer: "Follow You, Follow Me")
 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 The Eight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Titanic (2006) ... (writer: "Mama" - uncredited)
 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)
 1996 The Eighth Day (writer: "Jesus He Knows Me" - as Michael Rutherford)
 1995 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Montreux-Mix II (1995) ... (writer: "I Can't Dance" - uncredited)
 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" - as Mike Rutherford) / (music: "TAKE THE REINS" - as Mike Rutherford)
 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 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")
  Top of the Pops (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1978) (music - 1 episode, 1978) (writer - 1 episode, 1978)
- 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')
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Personal Details

Other Works:

A member of the "Rock Against Repatriation" charity project in 1990. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mike and the Mechanics | Michael Rutherford


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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We are all shocked and devastated by Paul's death. He had a fantastic voice, one of the best rock voices of his generation, and aside from his musical talent, he had such an infectious enthusiasm for the business. Paul loved performing. (On the death of Paul M. Young) See more »


Created the side band, Mike + The Mechanics in the 1980s, while remaining involved with his main band, Genesis. Paul Carrack, formerly of bands, "Ace" and "Squeeze", and Paul M. Young, formerly of "Sad Cafe", were recruited as the vocalists for "The Mechanics". See more »


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