|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Genres||Funk, pop, soul, disco|
|Years active||1977–1981, 2009–present|
|Labels||RCA Victor, RCA|
|Associated acts||Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band|
|Past members||August Darnell
The band released its self-titled debut album in 1979, which produced its most famous single "There But for the Grace of God Go I". The song describes two Latino parents named Carlos and Carmen Vidal who move out of the Bronx to protect their baby daughter. In their new surroundings, their daughter is cut off from her own heritage and becomes self-destructive from the Vidals' cosseting. When the daughter grows up, her parents find she is the type of person from whom all their peers are trying to protect their own children. It ends with the mother's conclusion that "Too much love is worse than none at all." "There But for the Grace of God Go I" reached number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent ten weeks on the chart. Slant Magazine later named it the sixth greatest dance song, and Pitchfork Media included it in its collection of The Pitchfork 500.
Machine released its second and final album Moving On in 1980 with two accompanying singles, but the album suffered from poor sales. The group disbanded the following year, and August Darnell went on to form Kid Creole and the Coconuts, who released a cover of "There But for the Grace of God Go I" in 1980. In 2009, three of the band's original members, Jay Stovall, Kevin Nance, and Clare Bathé, reformed the act for a tour.
- Machine (1979)
- Moving On (1980)
- "There But For the Grace of God Go I" (RCA Victor, 1979) (Billboard Hot 100 #77, Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs #91, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #8)
- "Is It Love" / "I Finally Found" (RCA Victor, 1980) (Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #27)
- "Power and Reason" / "Thunder, Lightning, and Rain" (RCA, 1980)
- Henderson, Alex. "Machine | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- Henderson, Eric (January 30, 2006). "100 Greatest Dance Songs". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- Henderson, Eric (April 14, 2008). "Kid Creole Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1974 - 1983 | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- Plagenhoef, Scott; Schreiber, Ryan, eds. (November 2008). The Pitchfork 500. Simon & Schuster. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-4165-6202-3.
- "Machine - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2014.