Word of Mouth (Mike + The Mechanics song)

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"Word of Mouth"
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Single by Mike + The Mechanics
from the album Word of Mouth
B-side "Let's Pretend It Didn't Happen"
Released 4 March 1991
Format CD maxi
Genre Rock
Length 3:55
Label Atlantic, Virgin
Songwriter(s) Mike Rutherford, Christopher Neil
Producer(s) Mike Rutherford, Christopher Neil
Mike + The Mechanics singles chronology
"Nobody Knows"
"Word of Mouth"
"A Time and Place"
"Nobody Knows"
"Word of Mouth"
"A Time and Place"

"Word of Mouth" is a song by Mike + The Mechanics. It was released in March 1991 as the lead single from their album Word of Mouth. It was the most successful single from that album peaking at No.13 on UK Singles Chart. It also peaked at No.78 in the United States, their last single to chart there, and at No.36 in Canada.

The song is driven by electric guitar and synthesizer hooks played in unison, as well as the powerful vocal performance of Paul Young, who sings multiple B4 chest voice high notes. Coupled with layered hand clap and audience effects, the song has a distinctive live, stadium rock sound.

AllMusic lauded the track as a "rousing singalong" and "killer pop song."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Paul Boyd and premiered in early 1991.


Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 33
Canada (RPM) 36
Germany (Media Control Charts)[3] 27
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 19
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 18
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[6] 13
US Billboard Hot 100 78


  1. ^ Cater, Evan (2011). "Word of Mouth – Mike + the Mechanics | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Mike & The Mechanics – Word of Mouth". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 2 January 2009)
  4. ^ Irish peak
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mike & The Mechanics search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  6. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 2 January 2009)