Watch The Incredible Blondie Cover Of ‘Start Me Up’ by The Rolling Stones

Watch The Incredible Blondie Cover Of ‘Start Me Up’ by The Rolling Stones | I Love Classic Rock Videos

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Blondie, like many of their peers, grew up with the music of British groups that dominated the music industry. These British groups, who spearheaded the so-called “British Invasion” encouraged a generation of young people to make their own history. Naturally, New York City’s multitude of musical cultures shaped Blondie’s sound; yet, the band paid several tributes to one particular Brit rock band, The Rolling Stones, throughout their existence.

The album Tattoo You introduced the Rolling Stones to the MTV generation with the first hit “Start Me Up,” which helped the band gain a new legion of fans in the United States. The premiere of “Start Me Up,” which features the band playing the song in front of a black background, coincided with the debut of MTV in August 1981. The network was overjoyed to have a professionally made music video for a modern hit by a renowned rock band and promptly put it into heavy play. It lacked a central idea, but for the 12-year-olds riveted to their TVs, it was enough to keep them interested until the next video plays along.

That tune has been around since 1977. It was first recorded by the Stones in Paris that year, on the same day as “Miss You” was recorded, for their Some Girls sessions. They recorded it several times to a reggae beat after the initial two takes but were ultimately dissatisfied with the outcome. This was stashed aside till the year 1981.

Check out Blondie’s cover in 1982.