1980 Mike Rutherford – Smallcreep’s Day

rutherford-mike-1980Smallcreep’s Day is the first studio album from English guitarist 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 Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks recorded their first solo albums at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The title track is based on the 1965 novel Smallcreep’s Day by Peter Currell Brown, adapted to have a happy ending.

Rutherford has said that the album was unexpectedly difficult to create, as he had never before realised the extent to which he relied on the other members of Genesis to help make decisions and handle certain aspects of the music. However, he added that it was a good learning experience for him, since it forced him to learn more about vocals, drums, and keyboards than he had known before. Former Genesis band mate Steve Hackett telephoned Rutherford and told him that Smallcreeps’s Day sounded like a great album and was liked by Genesis’ live drummer Chester Thompson also. A live version of “Out Into the Daylight” was covered by Italian band Elio e le Storie Tese.


1  Between The Tick And The Tock (Mike Rutherford) 03:59
2  Working In Line (Mike Rutherford) 03:08
3  After Hours (Mike Rutherford) 01:44
4  Cats And Rats (In This Neighbourhood) (Mike Rutherford) 04:51
5  Smallcreep Alone (Mike Rutherford) 01:24
6  Out Into The Daylight (Mike Rutherford) 03:53
7  At The End Of The Day (Mike Rutherford) 05:38
8  Moonshine (Mike Rutherford) 06:26
9  Time And Time Again (Mike Rutherford) 04:54
10  Romani (Mike Rutherford) 05:27
11  Every Road (Mike Rutherford) 04:15
12  Overnight Job (Mike Rutherford) 05:44



BassMike Rutherford
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarMike Rutherford
KeyboardsAnt Phillips
PercussionMorris Pert
VocalsNoel McCalla

Liner Notes

Producer – David Hentschel
Engineer – David Hentschel

Artwork – Hipgnosis

Mixed At Maison Rouge
Recorded By Charisma Records Ltd.
Recorded At Polar Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) Charisma Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) Charisma Records Ltd.