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Mike Rutherford
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    (October 2, 1950- )
    Born in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
    Lead/bass guitarist for Genesis
    Founder, lead guitarist for Mike + the Mechanics
    Released 'Smallcreep's Day' and 'Acting Very Strange' as solo albums
    Replaced Steve Hackett as lead guitarist for Genesis
    He only sang one lead on his solo albums.
    He has a gruff and unpolished singing voice.
    Former Genesis member Ray Wilson mocked his singing voice on one of his live albums.
    His Genesis bandmate, Tony Banks, blamed Rutherford for deciding to disband Genesis in 1998.
    Despite naming Mike + the Mechanics after himself, he rarely appears as a frontman for the group.
    He lacked Steve Hackett's creative guitar playing ability.
    He was expelled from school.
    He has ill feelings towards the United States because Americans stopped buying Genesis and Mechanics albums.
    He did not receive much credit for his work with Genesis.
    He played a twelve-string guitar.
    He is best friends with Genesis frontman Phil Collins.
    It was his idea to reform Genesis after Collins' departure.
    He originally chose to not record another Mechanics album out of respect for singer Paul Young, who had passed away.
    He said about Genesis' commercial approach, 'Despite the media's perception of us, we didn't think of ourselves as a singles band. In our minds we were a band that did long songs but just happened to have a few hits.'

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