«Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)» is a pop rock song performed by Mike + The Mechanics. Written by Mike Rutherford and B. A. Robertson, it was the first track from their 1985 self-titled debut album. It was also released as the band’s first single, reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number 1 onBillboard‘s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it stayed for five weeks.It reached number 21 in the band’s native United Kingdom.

Paul Carrack provided lead vocals on the song. The song’s original title was simply «Silent Running»; the name extension was given when the song was chosen to appear in the 1986 movie On Dangerous Ground, which was titled Choke Canyon in the US. The longer title for the song has proved confusing, not only because of the film’s different title in the US, but because the song’s lyrics have nothing to do with the film. Possibly because of this, the song is listed as «Silent Running» on many later releases, such as the Hits album.

The song has been banned by the BBC since the Gulf War due to its address of war, nationalism and religion, as well as a direct reference to weaponry in the line, «There’s a gun and ammunition just inside the doorway.»

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