All I Need Is a Miracle

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"All I Need Is a Miracle"
Single by Mike + The Mechanics
from the album Mike + The Mechanics
B-side "You Are the One"
Released 3 February 1986
Format 7' 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre Soft rock, new wave
Length 4:10
Label AtlanticAtlantic 89450
Writer(s) Mike Rutherford, Christopher Neil
Producer(s) Christopher Neil
Mike + The Mechanics singles chronology
"Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)"
(1985)
"All I Need Is a Miracle"
(1986)
"Taken In"
(1986)

"All I Need Is a Miracle" is a song performed by Mike + The Mechanics. Written by guitarist Mike Rutherford and producer Christopher Neil, it was first included on their 1985 self-titled debut album, and later released as a single in early 1986 in the USA, where it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song, demanding vocal high notes up to C5, was sung by Paul Young on both the original recording and the 1996 re-recording for the band's Hits compilation album.[2]

In an interview prior to the song's release as a single, Rutherford commented, "The thing that makes 'Miracle' different, to me, is that it's a happy song – or it's primarily a happy song. It's 'up'. And I don't do that very often. ...It may not be optimistic, but it's a positive attitude to life."[3]

Details[edit]

"All I Need Is a Miracle" was the second single released by Mike + The Mechanics, following "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)", which also reached the top 10.[1] "All I Need Is a Miracle" featured lead vocals by former Sad Café vocalist Paul Young.[4]

The cover of the single was twice recycled for Mike + The Mechanics albums, first for their greatest hits package Hits in 1996, and then for Mike & the Mechanics in 1999.

A new version of the song, titled "All I Need Is a Miracle '96", was included on Hits.[2]

Video[edit]

The music video for "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" ends with footage of Mike + The Mechanics performing the song at a restaurant, and segues into the video for "Miracle". In the video, "All I Need is a Miracle" is the final song in the band's fictional set, so Mike + The Mechanics' tour manager (played by Roy Kinnear) attempts to settle up with the restaurant owner (played by Victor Spinetti) for the agreed sum of £250. However, the owner points out that due to the gig being arranged at the last minute, the restaurant is more than half empty, and refuses to pay. Moreover, he threatens to hold all the band's equipment as collateral until he is paid £500.

The bulk of the video then alternates between the band's performance (with Paul Carrack acting as the bassist) and the manager's adventures in trying to acquire the necessary £500. He attains his goal when he finds a lost dog and the grateful owner hands him some money. Thinking nothing of this encounter, the manager eventually glances at the money and realises that the man handed him a thousand-pound note by mistake. He tries to return the money, but the dog owner is already gone. He then returns to the restaurant, pays the owner the £500, and gives the change to Rutherford, telling him to split it among the band.

Both the greenhorn tour manager and the closing quip "That's an easy way of making a living" would make return appearances in the video for "Taken In".

Covers[edit]

In 1988 Phil Collins covered the song at the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert as part of the Turn It On Again medley along with Tony Bank's Shortcut to somewhere. It was also performed by him 1989 at the picnic by the lake in 1989.[5] It was also referenced by him often during Genesis concerts, especially during the Turn It On Again medley.

In 2003, the song was covered by classically trained vocalist Tina Ann.[6] In May 2005 the song was covered by Red Kult.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 35
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 10
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 26
Ireland (IRMA) 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 31
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 53
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 5
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 7
US Billboard Dance Play Singles 24
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th Edition). Billboard Books. p. 425. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4. 
  2. ^ a b "Mike + the Mechanics: Hits". allmusic. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Neer, Dan (1985). Mike on Mike [interview LP], Atlantic Recording Corporation.
  4. ^ Mike + The Mechanics (Media notes). Mike + The Mechanics. 1985. 
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc_ythgleN4
  6. ^ "Tina Ann: Songs: All Songs". allmusic. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mike & The Mechanics – All I Need Is a Miracle" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Mike + The Mechanics / Single". Music Line (in German). Germany: Media Control Charts. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Mike & The Mechanics – All I Need Is a Miracle". Top 40 Singles.

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