I recently found a file on one of my old hard drives. It was named Startmeup2.AIFF. The “Last modified” date was Sunday, March 2, 1997 at 12:05 PM.
And I knew exactly what it was.
“If you start me up, if you start me up I never stop.”
Around 1996-97 I got obsessed with making loops using a Mac program called SoundEdit. I recorded a whole discordant, copyright-murdering album called Of the Vibe of the Church of the Loop and had a lot of fun. One practice project had been to take The Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up and edit it into a perfect, infinite, un-ironic loop. So I did it, then forgot about it.
But now, 5,794 days later, the project is finally finished—though it’s not actually infinite:
- Edited 30 minute video loop on YouTube (above, repeats ~229 times)
- Full 24 hour audio track on SoundCloud (691MB, repeats ~10,926 times [upload seems to have failed, sorry])
- Start Me Up loop (~8 seconds, repeats 1 time)
Enjoy. Maybe now you can “Mickroll” someone.