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Acting Very Strange

Mike RutherfordAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000008KC3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Fun April 17, 2003
By jrmspnc
Format:Audio CD
Acting very strange, indeed. This is far and away the most "fun" album anybody from Genesis ever did. Rutherford decided to let his hair down and have a ball, and his enjoyment shines through from the first note. This is not the mild-mannered upper-class Englishman we're familiar with. This is a Mike Rutherford who, knowing he can't sing to save his life, sings anyway with reckless abandon. The music is lively and toe-tapping, with hooks to grab the listener and not let go. If you're looking for the polish of Mike and the Mechanics, or the creativity of Genesis, you won't find it here. If you're looking for a great time and a lot of fun, you won't do any better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as Bad as Some May Think October 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Who cares about commercial success? Damn. If there were ever a band who didn't have to worry about commercial success, it's Genesis. They proved themselves decades ago. Mike Rutherford, too, has proven himself over and over. Acting Very Strange is a gift for those of us who don't necessarily want the same old same old. Acting Very Strange the song rocks, plain and simple. Hideaway is the equal of any other ballad released around the same time. Maxine! What else do you need? If you liked and are aware of Mike's solo album Smallcreeps Day, this isn't that much of a shock. Yes, it's more "pop," but after the intense prog of SD, it makes sense. This is a musician who isn't content to repeat the past over and's what makes the Mechanics music work. I think Mike's a damned fine singer, at least the equal of anybody singing pop or rock today. No, it's not Genesis, and it's not Phil, but Genesis is not really Phil. Genesis is Mike and Tony, and neither of their solo albums receive the credit they deserve. If you're looking for something with more balls than your average "pop star" Genesis album, try this out. It rocks. Plain and simple.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's decent April 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I think Rutherford should have taken over from Collins on vocals when Phil left. He's rough sounding but so was Gabriel anyway. He is kind of like Gabriel singing 'Back in NYC'

This album is basically 80's pop. However, one track, A day to remember, is very progressive. I also like Halfway there, the title track and the album closer, kind of touching and heart on sleeve.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rutherford's undiscovered gem March 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Following "Smallcreep's Day" this was Mike's second solo attempt.
It is a surprisingly different and unique sound with Mike displaying a hitherto unheard rough "heavy rock" sounding voice and allowing his always beautifully produced guitar sound to wander in directions previously unchartered! The other musicians are excellent, especially Stewart Copeland's drumming and Daryl Stuermer's excellent guitar work. Standout tracks are "Halfway There", "Maxine" and the beautiful "Hideaway". Vastly different to both Genesis and the Mike and the Mechanics sound, this was a one off which Mike sadly never repeated
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a contractual obligation album? September 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fittingly titled. "Acting Very Strange" is quite an off-the-cuff 1982 album from Mike Rutherford, and it's joltingly different from his previous solo album, his '80s Genesis work, and his subsequent Mike & the Mechanics work. It seems that Mike clearly didn't give a damn about commercial success with this album. It's certainly interesting, and less polished than what Mike typically delivers, and the guitars dominate the album opposed to keyboards, which, you know, tends to not be the case when there's Tony Banks around. Plus, Mike, just this once, handled the lead vocals himself, which are very ragged and at times sound like a rough-voiced Ian Dury, and at times sound extremely similar to '70s Peter Gabriel (when Mike reaches for high notes), and on the album's best tracks, they really work well, but it's not hard to see why he didn't handle lead vocals on record ever again (just imagine Rutherford singing "Silent Running", "All I Need Is A Miracle", or "The Living Years"). Also interesting is the appearance of Stewart Copeland (Police drummer) on the album. One thing that really works against this record is that certain material is so overly-repetitive, it runs itself into the ground, especially the stomping, corporate rock-style "Maxine"--you'll be burnt out by the time it finally ends after having tediously chanted the title seemingly a zillion times. However, there is a solid, catchy pop-rock tune with "Halfway There"; the title track has catchy verses (although the chorus, with its mock-gorilla intonations, is annoying); and there are a couple tunes--"I Don't Wanna Know", & the bouncy, riffy "Couldn't Get Arrested" (with a grinding guitar sound)--that are irresistibly fun and have naggingly catchy choruses. Read more ›
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Genesis bass player/guitarist Mike Rutherford released his second, and to date last (proper), solo album entitled Acting Very Strange in September of 1982.
On Acting Very Strange, Rutherford decided to do an about face from his superb first solo album (1980's masterpiece Smallcreep's Day) and decided to sing all of the lead vocals on this album for the first (and turns out only) time in his recording career. Rutherford stated in the band's official biography "Genesis : Chapter and Verse" that he hated his singing on the Acting Very Strange album and afterward chose not to sing lead on his solo albums again (hence why he formed Mike and The Mechanics and would let Paul Carrack and the late Paul Young (not the 1980s British pop star but the other one) sing on those albums). Rutherford's too hard on himself about his singing voice. His singing in my humble opinion reminds me of the late John Entwistle in his later Who period which is not bad (he could have had worse, like a Tom Waits-ish voice). Also for the Acting Very Strange album, Mike is helped out by Police drummer (and then fellow polo player) Stewart Copeland and Genesis' long-time touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer (who shares guitar duties on many of the tracks here) plus Noel McCalla (who did all of the singing on Smallcreep's Day) sings backing vocals on the album and also Gary Barnacle adds his saxophone to several of the tracks.
We open with the punchy title cut which was a great rocker which had some New Wave influences but a great song. The next track "A Day to Remember" is a good tune but is the most 80s sounding on the album with the dated Linn drum machines. Next is arguably the album's heaviest rocker "Maxine" which is a great song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CJ
I Recommend buying from this seller. I received my purchase promptly, actually befrore the stated arrival date. Very satisfied with service and product.
Published on January 31, 2010 by CJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Needlessly Long
Mike Rutherford's Acting Very Strange is a surprisingly good album. Released in 1982, it has some decidedly 80's production values. Read more
Published on June 8, 2006 by DW
2.0 out of 5 stars Mainly of historical interest to Genesis fans...
At some point between 1978 and 1983, each of the major non-lead-singing members of Genesis (Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips) got around to making an... Read more
Published on March 17, 2006 by DM
3.0 out of 5 stars If Yes had released "90125" right after "Close to the Edge"......? would have been pretty freakin' disappointed, right? I mean, the progressive-pop that comprised the comeback album (90125) for Yes just wouldn't have compared to the... Read more
Published on November 4, 2005 by Squire Jaco
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as Bad as Some May Think
Who cares about commercial success? Damn. If there were ever a band who didn't have to worry about commercial success, it's Genesis. They proved themselves decades ago. Read more
Published on October 14, 2005 by J. Kersh
1.0 out of 5 stars Hide it away
The last track of this album "Hideaway" is a classic ballad and remains completely out of place on this hideous offering. The guy can't sing, well no better than I can anyway. Read more
Published on May 11, 2005 by OutRider
3.0 out of 5 stars Talk About Acting very Strange...
That's exactly what I'm talking about. Precisely. It's like somebody pulled up in a Gold '74 Mustang and said, "Get in the car y'all. Read more
Published on October 15, 2004 by Peter Bartel
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike At The Mike
Mike Rutherford's 2nd solo album, 1982's "Acting Very Strange," finds the Genesis bassist/guitarist singing lead vocals for the first and *only* time in his recording... Read more
Published on July 30, 2004 by Alan Caylow
3.0 out of 5 stars Not All That Bad
I went out to find this record in a used record store, and decided to take a chance with this, having never having heard Mike Rutherford sing before, and being the Genisis... Read more
Published on January 29, 2004
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