Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
You must login to post a message.

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1982 Articles » UFO - 1982 Mechanix
UFO - 1982 Mechanix

ALBUM: Mechanix
LABEL: Chrysalis
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2009, Chrysalis, CHRX 1360


LINEUP: Phil Mogg - vocals * Paul Chapman - guitars * Neil Carter - guitars, keyboards * Pete Way - bass * Andy Parker - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Writer * 02 Something Else * 03 Back Into My Life * 04 You'll Get Love * 05 Doing It All For You * 06 We Belong To The Night * 07 Let It Rain * 08 Terri * 09 Feel It * 10 Dreamin

WEBLINKS: www.ufo-music.info

Michael Schenker's departure from UFO was supposed to spell the imminent downfall for the band in 1979, but they hit back impressively with two albums that maintained the vitality of the Schenker years, 1980's 'No Place To Run' and the definite classic 'The Wild, Willing And The Innocent' of 1981. Signs of problems were raised with guitarist Paul Raymond leaving after a lengthy stint, replaced by Carter, formerly of Wild Horses. Musically 'Mechanix' showed the music becoming increasingly ragged despite moments of the hard rock magic the band was known for. Commercially the band was still charting in the top ten in England, but without Schenker their profile in the US was somewhat dampened. 'Mechanix' interesting in that regard, the sound of a band who should have been huge but were instead floored just when it was about to happen. Subsequently this ranks as a lesser effort.

The Songs
By 1982 you couldn't blame UFO for starting to think their moment had passed, especially with the glut of NWOBHM acts that dominated the charts. 'The Writer' sees them continuing with their traditional sound pioneered back in 1974 and perhaps on the verge of becoming dated for the time, although only in the eyes of the press I suspect! The keyboard solo and sax work reek of class however, demonstrating UFO's often different take on hard rock. 'Somethin' Else' opts for a throwback rock and roll sound, with sax again included, a lot more lively than the stale ballad 'Back Into My Life'. Lacking originality and spontaneity is run of the mill rocker 'You'll Get Love' and 'Doing It All For You' makes up for this with guitar solos that make one forget Schenker. It all comes together with the furious 'We Belong To The Night', the exact type of riff heavy metal the band needed to be unleashing, but weren't. 'Let It Rain' follows suit, saving the album, but going through the motions and tired sounding again are 'Terri' and 'Feel It'. 'Dreaming' at least ends the album on a heavy note, when on form UFO almost untouchable.

In Summary
Hindered by a host of mediocre tracks, the brief flashes of UFO's reckless abandon give the album enough credibility to warrant a listen. Pete Way showed his disillusion by quitting the band shortly after its release, which was the death knell for UFO at that point in time. Billy Sheehan took his place for touring purposes and to be fair to Mogg 1983's 'Making Contact' could have been a lot worse. Such a shame that events transpired the manner in which they did for UFO as they deserved a better fate than to fall apart in such grim fashion. Mogg's lyrics remained a high point on 'Mechanix' even if the music didn't match them often, his storytelling worth reading for one. The album covers good for a laugh too, perhaps the sole reason Way left!

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: UFO 
#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 08:31:26
After The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent, my fave UFO album. Some great tunes on here. Terri,We Belong To The Night and Let It Rain especially, although i will add that i think 'Do It All For You' is one of the best songs the band has Ever written - an absolute blinder of a track. This album and TTWTWTI, go along way to proving that when the band was on form, they were one of the best out there. A shame that all the internal wrangles they would never hit these heady heights again.
#2 | reyno-roxx on July 23 2008 10:28:00
I think this album and 'Making Contact' tend to be rather overlooked. Looking forward to the long awaited reissues on CD put together in conjunction with Derek and Dante at Rock Candy.
#3 | Eric on October 04 2008 13:47:57
I agree, this album is far better than it's given credit for. 'The Writer' and 'Let It Rain' are the best tracks here, but as a whole 'Mechanix' is a good listen.
#4 | Nick C on October 04 2008 22:12:58
Yeah decent enough it got slated back in the day though, there are a couple of plodders though that drag it down Feel It, You'll Get Love and the awful and I'd say pointless cover of Something Else. But when it sparkles it's brilliant especially Side 2 (as it was before silver discs) with 4 of the 5 tracks there being absolute classics.
#5 | rkbluez on December 19 2009 14:42:39
Really liked this album...The Writer and Let It Rain are classic's...but there are a lot of killer tracks on this album...I agree with Nick why do cover songs like Something Else when you can pen tunes like The Writer and Let It Rain...still this is my favorite Champman era album by UFO with the exception of the killer No Place To Run...which to me was their best post Schenker output.
#6 | AOR Lee on March 11 2013 04:40:04
Very strong album. Writer, Doing It All For You, We Belong To The Night, Let It Rain and Dreamin are the standouts for me
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 100% [1 Vote]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Pierce, Tim - 1995 Guitarland, Arrows - 1985 The Lines Are Open, Starship - 1987 No Protection, BLOC - 1991 In The Freezone, House Of Mirrors - 2004 Nightflight To Paradise, Legion - 2012 Resurrection, D'Ercole - 2012 Dreams Of The Heart, Mott - 1976 Shouting And Pointing, 707 - 2006 Interview with Kevin Russell, Best Of 2007 - 2007 jeffrey343, Airbourne - 2010 No Guts No Glory, Van Halen - 1986 5150, Y & T - 1985 Down For The Count, Ghost Peppers, The - 2017 The Ghost Peppers, Hughes, Glenn - 2003 Songs In The Key Of Rock
Nitro Michael Batio Jim Gilette Arcangel Arden House Cannata Jeff Cannata Zoldar And Clark Jasper Wrath The Imperials The Outlaws Nova Rex Robin Trower Lulu Foreigner Fifth On The Floor Blue Thunder Queen City Kids Pagans Mind Ted Nugent Shandi Peter Frampton Yes Live Albums Armored Saint Charlie Dore Bad English The Babys Journey Total Eclipse Oliver Hartmann Player Marvel Kyf Brewer Michael Riesenbeck Wounded Bird David Pack Ambrosia Long Island Records Bill Champlin Joseph Williams Peter Friestedt Neuron Xinema
All Tags
Search DDG