Stem (song)

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"Stem"
Single by DJ Shadow
from the album Endtroducing.....
Released 1996 (1996)
Format 7" vinyl, CD
Recorded 1996
The Glue Factory
(San Francisco, California)
Genre Experimental hip hop, plunderphonics
Length 11:14
Label Mo' Wax
Producer(s) DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow singles chronology
"Midnight in a Perfect World"
(1996)
"Stem"
(1996)
"The Number Song" / "Painkiller"
(1998)

"Stem" is a song by DJ Shadow from his 1996 debut album Endtroducing...... The song reached #9 on the Ireland singles chart, DJ Shadow's only ever top 10 hit.

The album version of the song combines "Stem" with "Long Stem".

Samples used[edit]

Like all other tracks on the album, "Stem"/"Long Stem" makes heavy use of sampling. Below are among the samples used for the track:

  • The first sample used in the track is sampled from the beginning of the 1969 song "Love Suite" by Nirvana.
  • The "...uicide...uicide..." vocal sample is taken from "Moshitup" by American hip-hop artist Just-Ice featuring fellow American hip-hop artist KRS-One.
  • The high-pitched string samples are sampled from "Variazione III" by Italian psychedelic rock band Osanna.
  • The recurring guitar and violin parts are sampled from "Linde Manor" by American singer-songwriter Dennis Linde.
  • The organ sample that starts "Long Stem" is taken from "Tears" by Italian musician Giorgio Moroder; the same sample is used on another track on Endtroducing...., "Organ Donor".
  • The "I could just lay right down..." vocal sample is taken from "Blues So Bad" by American funk/soul group The Mystic Number National Bank.
  • The "parking tickets" monologue which appears midway in the song is sampled from "Freedom" by American comedian Murray Roman.
  • The synths that appear in the "Long Stem" section of the song are sampled from "Oleo Strut" by American electronic group Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stem" – 3:24
  2. "Long Stem" – 4:26
  3. "Red Bus Needs to Leave!" – 2:41
  4. "Soup" – 0:43

Use in popular culture[edit]

It has been featured in several films and on television, including:

  • The 1997 film Twin Town
  • The 1997 film One Eight Seven
  • The 1999 film Wisconsin Death Trip, originally broadcast in the UK as part of the BBC's Arena series
  • In Chris Morris' TV series Jam which aired on Channel 4 in 2000.
  • An advert for a BBC television programme that aired in November 2006 called Lock Them Up or Let Them Out
  • Used in the background of the ITV programme The X Factor in Series 3.
  • A BBC World War II documentary about Saint Nazaire that aired on 18 March 2007 called Jeremy Clarkson: Greatest Raid of All Time. The show was repeated on the BBC on 29 June 2008.
  • UK TV adverts for O2 and Guinness.
  • The 2007 UK Bravo TV series Brits Behind Bars: America's Toughest Jail.
  • A BBC Panorama programme in June 2007
  • Football's Hardest Away Days on Bravo
  • An episode of the BBC1 TV series Britain's Lost World that aired on June 26, 2008.
  • The trailer for 2003 film Gothika
  • First semi-final of season 1 of British TV series Britain's Got Talent, during the flashback introduction for MD Productions
  • A 2009 French anti-drugs campaign.
  • As background music in many shows of the BBC program Horizon.