Something Got Me Started

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"Something Got Me Started"
Simply Red - Something Got Me Started.jpg
Single by Simply Red
from the album Stars
Released9 September 1991 (1991-09-09) (original version)
StudioCondulmer Recording, Venice, Italy
Lyricist(s)Mick Hucknall
Simply Red singles chronology
"You've Got it"
"Something Got Me Started"
Music video
"Something Got Me Started" on YouTube

"Something Got Me Started" is the first single released from British band Simply Red's 1991 album Stars.


"Something Got Me Started" was released in several forms — a 7-inch single, a 12-inch single and a CD version, which included a remix by Perfecto (Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne). The single version eventually made number 11 in the UK and German charts, number 23 in the US Billboard Hot 100 (plus number 21 in the Adult Contemporary chart) and number 4 in Italy.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "First single from group's label debut, "Stars," maintains the Brit-eyed soul of previous hits. Frontman Mick Hucknall turns in an unusually restrained vocal, which adds depth and maturity to an already potent track."[1]

The Gavin Report wrote: "Red hot from the moment they reached America's shores, the Mick Hucknall-led Simply Red outfit forged an intensely loyal following. Reminiscent of their 1986 hit, "Money's (Too Tight Too Mention)," this uptempo groove is too strong to ignore."[2]

Music & Media wrote: "The lead single off the new album Stars is state of the art Simply Red. Mick Hucknall's star is still shining bright on this Money's Too Tight Too Mention type of song."[3]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan in Seville, Spain.[4]

Simplified version[edit]

In 2005, "Something Got Me Started" was one of the eight previously released Simply Red songs re-recorded for the album Simplified. It also became the second single release from the album, as a double A-side with a new cover of the Leon Russell song "A Song for You". This made it the only Simply Red song to date to be released as a single twice.

Formats and track listings[edit]

1991 version
  1. "Something Got Me Started" (4:00)
  2. "A New Flame" (3:57)
  1. "Something Got Me Started" (Perfecto Mix) (Gary Barnacle - Alto Sax) (5:13)
  2. "Something Got Me Started" (Instrumental Mix) (Gary Barnacle - Alto Sax)
  3. "A New Flame" (3:57)
  1. "Something Got Me Started" (4:00)
  2. "Come on in My Kitchen" (1:30)
  3. "A New Flame" (3:24)
  4. "Something Got Me Started" (Perfecto Mix) (Gary Barnacle - Alto Sax) (5:13)
12"-Maxi - Promo
  1. "Something Got Me Started" (Hurley's House Mix) (5:56)
  2. "Something Got Me Started" (Hurley's Dub) (5:44)
  3. "Something Got Me Started" (E Smoove's Late Night Mix) (8:05)
  4. "Something Got Me Started" (Hurley's 7") (3:59)
12"-Maxi - Remixes
  1. "Something Got Me Started" (Hurley's House Remix) (5:56)
  2. "Something Got Me Started" (Hurley's Dub) (5:44)
  3. "Something Got Me Started" (E-Smoove's Late Night Mix) (5:00)
  4. "Something Got Me Started" (E-Smoove's Dub Mix) (5:44)


Credits adapted from original album liner notes.



  1. ^ "Billboard: Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard magazine (21 September 1991, page 77). Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. ^ Sholin, Dave (6 September 1991). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 1872. p. 76. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media (21 September 1991, page 18). Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. ^ Garcia, Alex S. " - Simply Red - "Something got me started"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Something Got Me Started", in various Singles Chart (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  6. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  8. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved 14 September 2008)
  9. ^ "Top 10 Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  10. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Simply Red" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ " – Simply Red – Something Got Me Started" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 14 September 2008)
  14. ^ a b c Billboard (Retrieved 14 September 2008)
  15. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1991". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  16. ^ "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010.

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