The Living Years single was the title track from Mike & The Mechanic's second album, and peaked at #2 in the UK in 1989, but was a #1 in the U.S., Australia and Canada.

The band's only other hit song in the UK was Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground) which reached #21 in 1985. The debut album - the self-titled Mike + The Mechanics - failed to chart in the UK, but was a hit in many other countries. This is not to be confused with their fifth studio album of the same name which reached #14 in the UK album charts in 1999, and is referred to as M6 to avoid confusion.

Mike & The Mechanics were created by the founder of 80's rock band Genesis as a "side project", although the band went on to become successful in their own right.