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Michael John Cloete Crawford Rutherford (born 2 October 1950) is an English songwriter and musician. He is a founding member of Genesis and one of the band’s only two continuous members.
Smallcreep’s Day is the first studio album by English guitarist and songwriter Mike Rutherford, released in February 1980 on Charisma Records. It was recorded in 1979 during a period of inactivity from his rock band Genesis, during which Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks recorded their first solo albums. The 24-minute title track is based on the 1965 novel Smallcreep’s Day by Peter Currell Brown which tells the story of Mr. Smallcreep and the journey of self-discovery he takes through the assembly line of the factory he has worked in for forty years.
Smallcreep’s Day opens with the 24-minute title track that has seven distinct sections. It is based on the 1965 novel Smallcreep’s Day, the only book written by Peter Currell Brown. A satire on modern industrial life, the story follows Pinquean Smallcreep who has worked in the same factory for forty years and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as he follows its assembly line to find out what the factory produces. Brown had in fact worked in a factory for forty years himself. Rutherford had read the book roughly three years prior to starting work on the album, noting it had similarities to the Gormenghast series of fantasy novels by Mervyn Peake. Though he considered it “hardly a great piece of literature”, he was more impressed with its spirit and the atmosphere it presented as a reader. He also chose the book as its story and setting was something he could work and develop from and adapted it to have a happy ending. He later noted a strong contrast in themes between the factory and machine-oriented imagery on his album and the more romantic and fantasy-inspired Genesis songs typical of the time. Rutherford had attempted to pass lines from the book as lyrics, but abandoned the idea as they failed to work effectively.
One other track recorded during the sessions for the album, “Compression”, was released as the B-side to the single release of “Working in Line”.
1. “Smallcreep’s Day” – 24:41
(a) “Between the Tick & the Tock”
(b) “Working in Line”
(c) “After Hours”
(d) “Cats and Rats (In This Neighbourhood)”
(e) “Smallcreep Alone”
(f) “Out Into the Daylight”
(g) “At the End of the Day”
1. “Moonshine” – 6:26
2. “Time and Time Again” – 4:54
3. “Romani” – 5:27
4. “Every Road” – 4:15
5. “Overnight Job” – 5:44
All tracks written by Mike Rutherford.
Ant Phillips – keyboards
Noel McCalla – vocals
Simon Phillips – drums
Morris Pert – percussion
Mike Rutherford – guitars, basses
David Hentschel – production, engineering
David Bascombe – production and engineering assistant
Andy Mackrill – equipment
Dale Newman – equipment
Geoff Banks – equipment
Hipgnosis – cover design and photography
Tony Smith – management at Hit & Run
Released: 15 February 1980
Recorded: 1979 Studio Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre: Progressive rock
Label – Charisma Records