Start Me Up

The Rolling Stones

About Start Me Up

"Start Me Up" is a song by the Rolling Stones featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You. Released as the album's lead single, it reached number one on Australian Kent Music Report, number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.


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1982
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If you start me up,
If you start me up I'll never stop

You can start me up,
You can start me up I'll never stop
I've been running hot
You got me just about to blow my top
You can start me up, you can start me up,
I'll never stop, never stop, never stop

You make a grown man cry,
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry,
Spread out the oil, the gasoline
I walk smooth ride in a mean, mean machine
Start it up

You can start me up
Kick on the starter, give it all you've got
(you got, you got)
I can't compete
With the riders in the other heats
If you rough it up
If you like it you can slit it up, slide it up
Slide it up, slide it up
Don't make a grown man cry,
Don't make a grown man cry
Don't make a grown man cry,
My eyes dilate, my lips go green
My hands are greasy, she's a mean, mean machine
Start it up

Start me up
Ah, you've got to, you've got to
Never, never, never stop
Start it up
Ah, start it up, never, never, never
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry
Ride like the wind, at double speed
I'll take you places that you've never, never seen

It you start it up,
Love the day when we will never stop
Never stop, never, never, never stop
Tough me up
Never stop, never stop
You, you, you make a grown man cry
You, you make a dead man come,
You, you, you make a dead man come

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The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in Dartford in 1962. The earliest settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (keyboards, piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Since Wyman's retirement in 1993, the band's full members have been Jagger, Richards, Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood who joined in 1975. Darryl Jones (bassist) and Chuck Leavell (keyboardist) are regular contributors but not full band members. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Rolling Stones in 1989, noting that "critical acclaim and popular consensus has accorded them the title of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.”Rolling Stone magazine ranked them 4… more »

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Written by: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

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15 facts about this song

Album Release
"Start Me Up" was released on the Rolling Stones' 1981 album "Tattoo You."
Music Genre
The song carries Rock'n'Roll genre, alongside some elements from blues and rock.
Chart Performance
"Start Me Up" ranked number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and number seven in the UK Singles Chart.
Recognition
The song is known to be one of the Rolling Stones' biggest hits and is frequently played at their concerts.
Remix Version
A special remix version of the track was used as the theme for CBS' 1981 NFL season.
Origin
Originally, it was recorded with a reggae groove. However, the band couldn't get the sound right, and nearly 5 years later it was re-worked into its current popular version.
Inspiration
The song's guitar riff is often compared to the one from "Brown Sugar," adding a 1980s hard-rock edge.
Band's Legacy
"Start Me Up" is one of the Rolling Stones' most recognized and most played songs.
Commercials
You've likely heard it in several commercials such as for Microsoft's Windows 95, due to its high-energy opening riff.
Longevity
Despite being a song from the '80s, "Start Me Up" has proven its longevity and is still a popular song choice at parties, events, and sports games.
Band Members
"Start Me Up" features Mick Jagger on lead vocals, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood on guitars, Charlie Watts on drums, and Bill Wyman on bass.
Lyrics
The song is known for its catchy "If you start me up I'll never stop" chorus line.
Live performances
The band has been performing this song live since 1981 and it still continues to be a regular part of their concerts.
Accolades
"Start Me Up" was named the 499th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004.
Video
The highly memorable music video of the song was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who also directed the Rolling Stones' rock movie "Let's Spend the Night Together".

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