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The story behind Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones

With its short, sharp, instantly recognisable opening riff, insistent chorus, characteristically lascivious lyric, upfront handclaps and irresistibly pounding backbeat, Start Me Up is about as iconic a composition as the Rolling Stones have ever produced.

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Listen to the iconic first demo for The Rolling Stones song 'Start Me Up'

The exact origins of 'Start Me Up' and its progression from a reggae song to an all time rocker are murky, but at least one demo is classic Rolling Stones rock.

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The Rolling Stones Tee Up Deluxe 'Tattoo You' With Rocking Unreleased Track

The Rolling Stones have announced the October release of a 40th anniversary deluxe edition of their chart-topping, multi-platinum 1981 album ‘Tattoo You.’

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In Depth Look: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the Rolling Stones’ 1981 album, a blueprint for how to exist as an aging, internationally famous rock ban