"Smallcreep's Day" was recorded in 1979 while Genesis were going through a period of inactivity (Tony Banks also recorded his first solo album "A Curious Feeling"around the same time) and was released a month before Genesis released their XNUMXth studio album."Duke".
The album also included Anthony Phillips, Simon Phillips, Morris Pert and Noel McCalla. The long one title track it was inspired by Peter Currell Brown's novel of the same name, a surreal satire on modern industrial life.
The album does not currently appear on any streaming site (as does Rutherford's 1982 solo sequel "Acting Very Strange") and is The album is unlikely to appear on Spotify anytime soon, so don't miss this CD.
The Refueled! Tour 2023, with all the hits from Mike + The Mechanics and a little bit of Genesis, will see on drums, fresh from recent dates with Genesis, Nic Collins, given the unavailability of Gary Wallis.
Mike Rutherford said: "We are delighted that Nic is joining us on the tour, for the past five years he has proven to be a versatile and extraordinary drummer, so having him with us on tour next year will be a real pleasure. Gary Wallis has always been the drummer of Mike + The Mechanics and will continue to be, it's a shame he's not available for this particular tour ".
Nic Collins said: "I'm thrilled to take on the role of drummer on the upcoming Mechanics tour! Playing with Mike for the past couple of years has been a real pleasure, so I'm thrilled to continue sharing the stage with him and the other Mechanics members. I feel privileged. to replace Gary Wallis, who has been in the band for over 30 years. Another nice pair of shoes to fill! ".
On 2 October 1950 he was born Michael John Cloete Crawford Rutherford. Here are some moments of his career (in strictly non-chronological order).
He co-founded the school band Anon with Anthony Phillips and Richard Macphail, in 1965, after that they split and formed Genesis in 1967 with fellow Charterhouse mates Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel and Chris Stewart. Rutherford disliked his time at the Charterhouse and was deported for minor offenses:
In 1982 he celebrated his birthday on the stage in Milton Keynes, UK, during the charity reunion in favor of Peter Gabriel (and the audience wishes him singing):
During the first live tours, Rutherford often used a custom built Rickenbacker double neck with semi-hollow body 12-string guitar and 4-string bass (now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum).
For "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and the first part of the "Trick of the Tail" tour, incorporated a solid body 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and a 6-string Micro-Frets Signature Baritone, equipped with short-scale 6-string bass strings.
He later moved on to another combination of 12 solid body strings and 6 bass strings. For the "Mama" and "Invisible Touch" tour had a six-string guitar and four-string bass inserted into a custom body
For the 2007 tour with Genesis, Rutherford had a twelve-string Gibson guitar with a Yamaha TRB-4P bass. Source.
This year he celebrated 40 years of his masterpiece:
His second solo album, "Acting Very Strange" was released on September 7, 1982:
The first album with the Mechanics comes out on October 5th 1985:
The latest with the Mechanics is "Out of the Blue", released on April 5, 2019:
With Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, he participated in the soundtrack of on the "Against All Odds", with the song "Making A Big Mistake":
In June 2019 he played on the Berlin stage with Phil Collins, a mini-reunion unforgettable:
The last tour in Italy was with the Mechanics in 2017:
In 2014, Rutherford published "The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir", his autobiography:
The first book on Rutherford's solo career, titled "Silent Runner" by Mario Giammetti, was published in Italy (Edizioni Segno) in 2011:
With the Mechanics at the Grammy Awards on February 21, 1990:
In addition to Genesis, ex Genesis, musicians from his solo albums and Mechanics, Mike has played in public with Brian May, David Gilmour, Joe Walsh and many other guitarists at the Strat Pack Concert in 2004, to celebrate 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster:
E with Ed Sheeran and Nick Mason at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympic Games on 12 August 2012:
Mike Rutherford will be part of the stellar cast he will play at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity charity concert to fight cancer. The charity event will take place on March 3rd in London. here is the TRAILER.
Mike with Eric Clapton, Rick Wakeman of Yes, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, John Illsley of Dire Straits e Cat Stevens they will be among the rock stars who will perform at the benefit concert Music For The Marsden.
The event, organized by the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, will take place at O2 Arena in London, Tuesday March 3, with the goal of raising £ 70 million of funds for the new Oak Cancer Center. The Center will bring together over 400 researchers to help accelerate the development of new cancer treatments.
Gary Brooker Procol Harum will be the musical director of the evening, with Ian Paice Deep Purple (drums), Paul Wickens (Keyboards), Andy fairweather low (guitar), Robbie mcintosh (guitar), Dave Bronze (low) e Graham Broad (battery).
Mike recorded it in 1979 while Genesis was inactive, during which he and Tony Banks made their first solo albums.
La title track 24 minutes is based on Peter Currell Brown's 1965 novel "Smallcreep's Day", which tells the story of Mr. Smallcreep and the journey to discover himself, through the assembly line of the factory where he worked for forty years. Compared to the original which inspired it, the story narrated by Mike in the album includes a happy end.
Rutherford used short musical ideas developed over several years and unused. These songs have become a long song that takes up an entire side of the vinyl.
"One of the nicest things about making the record was thinking about who I wanted to work with - Mike recalls -: Simon Phillips, a drummer I'd always admired; Noel McCalla, a session singer with a very high voice, and Ant on keyboards. In any other band working with other musicians would be seen as the start of a slippery slope: 'What's wrong with us?' But Tony was also taking the opportunity to make a solo album while Phil was away and the bond between the three of us was such that we never felt threatened by anything we did outside the band."
The cover was designed and illustrated by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, who produced Genesis albums "A Trick of the Tail", "Wind & Wuthering" and "... And Then There Were Three ... . ".
"Storm Thorgerson had designed several covers for Genesis and
so it seemed like a natural choice for Smallcreep's Day design ", recalls Mike.
After choosing an image he wanted on the cover, Thorgerson's idea was to spray it with the ink being developed, so that it only came out in part. Six different versions were produced, e Rutherford chose the design he liked best.
"As an album Smallcreep's Day is strong enough from an instrumental point of view, but its true value it was like a breath of fresh creative air - Mike still remembers -. Unlike other bands, our solo projects were never a reaction to being unhappy with what we were doing as a group and going forward. We'd always work on solo projects between albums. It was one of the things that marked us out and made us unusual as a band, and I think it was an important part of what kept us going, too. We learned how
much we appreciated the other members of the band and, because we were doing something different
and challenging individually."
The album hit number 13 on the UK album chart and the number 163 on the United States Billboard 200.
Rutherford released two singles on the album. The first, "Working in Line" with the track not included in the album "Compression" on the B side, was released in February 1980. A second, "Time and Time Again" and "At the End of the Day", is was published in July.
The following tracklist it is taken from the original British version. The two sides were exchanged in the United States:
Side A No. Title Length 1. "Smallcreep's Day" I. "Between the Tick & the Tock" II. "Working in Line" III. "After Hours" IV. "Cats and Rats (In This Neighborhood)" V. "Smallcreep Alone" YOU. "Out Into the Daylight" VII. "At the End of the Day" 24:41
Side B No. Title Length 1. "Moonshine" 6:26 2. "Time and Time Again" 4:54 3. "Romans" 5:27 4. "Every Road" 4:15 5. "Overnight Job" 5:44
Anthony Phillips - Keyboards Noel McCalla - rumors Simon Phillips - drums Morris Pert - percussion Mike Rutherford - guitars, basses
Here, in the multimedia version of Horizons Radio, the secrets of a masterpiece that surprised everyone (or almost) - in Italian:
Smallcreep's Day, Mike Rutherford's first album - 1st part Horizons Radio
Smallcreep's Day, Mike Rutherford's first album - 2st part Horizons Radio
Smallcreep's Day, Mike Rutherford's first album - 3st part Horizons Radio
Smallcreep's Day, Mike Rutherford's first album - 4st part Horizons Radio
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The first ever live performance of the solo music by Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford composed in the 1970s, will be performed live on the Trading Boundaries stage.
The evenings, endorsed by both Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford, has Rocking Horse Music Club from the USA returning to Trading Boundaries to showcase the music of Anthony Phillips with additional songs from Mike Rutherford's first solo album 'Smallcreep's Day' with Noel McCalla, who provided original vocals on the album, joining them on stage.
Working directly with Anthony Phillips, Rocking Horse Music Club has lovingly curated a selection of songs primarily from his first three solo albums, The Geese & the Ghost, Wise After the Event, and Sides.
This will be the first time this music will be performed live by a full band - LAST TICKETS
Rocking Horse Music Club includes Coombes (keyboards / vocals), Eric Wagley (drums), Brenden Harisiades (bass), Myron Kibbee (guitars), Mike McAdam (guitars), Patrik Gochez (vocals / piano / guitar), and Justin Cohn (vocals / guitar) .
"Paperchase" video, from the album "Which Way The Wind Blows: The Music Of Anthony Phillips":
Coombes and his team have worked with world class artists including Anthony Phillips (Genesis), Ian McDonald (King Crimson), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Greg Hawkes (the Cars), Kenwood Dennard (Brand X) , Garth Hudson (the Band), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Nick Magnus (Steve Hackett), Jonathan Mover (GTR), Dale Newman (Genesis associate), Kate St John (Dream Academy), and many others.
Rocking Horse Music Club has recently received two Best Song nominations from the Independent Music Awards for its song, Everywhere is Home, which features London's Sing Gospel choir. The song has received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and London Live, as well as regional BBC and independent radio in the UK. The band toured the UK in support of its debut album in September 2018, including an appearance on BBC Radio Kent and a well-received performance here at Trading Boundaries.
Rocking Horse Music Club presents the music of original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips. Features guest appearances by Steve Hackett, John Hackett, Noel McCalla, Nick Magnus, John Helliwell, Kate St. John, and others.
Um & Aargh
Which Way the Wind Blows
Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West
From his days as a 15 year old playing support to the Shadows at a pub gig to appearing as lead singer with headliners on most of Europe's biggest stages with Mezzoforte and Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Noel mccalla has consistently stood out from the crowd.
As singer with Sniff'n the Tears, Moon and McCalla and a long association with the brilliant Morrisey / Mullen Band, and was vocalist on Mike Rutherford's Smallcreep's Day - he was considered as the replacement for Genesis singer and frontman Peter Gabriel after he left the group in 1975.
Noel has deservedly earned acclaim as "One of Britain's best Soul Singers" (Blues and Soul magazine) while his appearances as vocalist with "Some Kinda Wonderful" show jointly led by award winning saxophonist Derek Nash, have highlighted his all-round abilities and accomplishments as a lead vocalist - "a confident, graceful and dynamic singer" (Independent on Sunday).