A investigation by undercover reporters from satirical news website, TheSpoof.com, has revealed that not one single member - past or present - of the British rock group, Mike and the Mechanics, is a mechanic.
Nor has any of them EVER been a mechanic!
The band, which was set up in 1985 by Mike Rutherford of Genesis, and included vocalists Paul Carrack and Paul Young, keyboard player Adrian Lee and drummer Peter Van Hooke, is known as Mike + the Mechanics, although each member of the band has confessed that they know absolutely nothing about the field of Mechanics.
"It's certainly true that, although the band's name is Mike and the Mechanics - or Mike + the Mechanics - there are no bona fida mechanics within the group."
This incarnation of the band broke up in 2004.
When it reformed in 2010, however, with Rutherford and a completely new set of musicians, it was found that there was still nobody within the set-up that could accurately be described as a 'mechanic'.
Now featuring Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar on vocals, Luke Juby on keyboards, Gary Wallis on drums, and Anthony Drennan on guitar and bass, as well as ever-present Rutherford, TheSpoof.com discovered that there wasn't anyone within the band who was an artisan, skilled tradesperson, or technician who could use tools to build, maintain, or repair machinery.
A motorcycle mechanic I spoke to at a local garage, said:
"It's typical. You get all sorts of cowboys calling themselves mechanics these days!"
Rutherford concluded with an apology. He said:
"We're sorry if anyone has been misled. That certainly wasn't our intention, and we hope our fans will be able to forgive this unfortunate discrepancy, and continue to enjoy our music."