Something Got Me Started

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"Something Got Me Started"
Single by Simply Red
from the album Stars and Simplified
B-side "Come On in My Kitchen" (1991)
Released September 1991 (original)
January 2006 (Simplified)
Format CD, 7", 12" (1991)
CD (2006)
Recorded Condulmer Recording Studio, Venice, Italy (1991)
Metropolis Studios, Home; 2005 (2006)
Genre Pop, house (remixes)
Length 4:01 (1991)
3:18 (2006 radio edit)
Label EastWest (1991) (2006)
Writer(s) Mick Hucknall, Fritz McIntyre
Producer(s) Hucknall, Stewart Levine (1991)
Andy Wright, Mark Jaimes, Danny Saxon (2006)
Simply Red singles chronology
"You've Got it"
"Something Got Me Started"

"Perfect Love"

"Something Got Me Started" / "A Song for You"

"Something Got Me Started" was the first single released from what would become Simply Red's biggest selling album, Stars; at the time, the group had not released a record for almost two years, so anticipation was high for the new song.


"Something Got Me Started" is an unusual record for the group, as it is (alongside "Fairground") probably their most dance oriented record, featuring then-trendy piano breaks, soulful vocals and a rhythmic back-beat.

The single 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. Although a relative flop when compared with previous singles, which had nearly all made the top 10, "Something Got Me Started" went on to become a massive club hit in late 1991. The 12-inch single (which included remixes by Steve "Silk" Hurley and E-Smoove) hit dancefloors everywhere in Britain and Europe and illustrated that Simply Red's popularity was not confined just to the pop domain.

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)



  1. ^ a b c d e "Something Got Me Started", in various Singles Chart (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  2. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  3. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved 14 September 2008)
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 14 September 2008)
  6. ^ a b c Billboard (Retrieved 14 September 2008)

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