"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 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.
"Start Me Up" was first recorded during the 1975 sessions for the Rolling Stones' 1976 album Black and Blue. The song was at first cut as a reggae-rock track, but after dozens of takes the band stopped recording it and it was shelved. The band would again try to re-record "Start Me Up" during the 1977 Some Girls and the 1979 Emotional Rescue sessions under the working titles "Never Stop" and "Start It Up" respectively. These recordings would feature a more apparent rock sound, stripped of the earlier reggae influences. Producer Chris Kimsey said of these re-recordings:
"After they cut it, I said, 'That's bloody great! Come and listen... However, when I played it back, Keith [Richards] said, 'Nah, it sounds like something I've heard on the radio. Wipe it.' Of course, I didn't..."
However, "Start Me Up" failed to make the cut for either album, returning again to the vault. Of the song's history, Richards has commented:
"It was one of those things we cut a lot of times; one of those...