Stem (DJ Shadow song)
|Single by DJ Shadow|
|from the album Endtroducing.....|
|Format||7" vinyl, CD|
The Glue Factory
(San Francisco, California)
|Genre||Experimental hip hop, plunderphonics|
|DJ Shadow singles chronology|
The album version of the song combines "Stem" with "Long Stem".
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.
- "Stem" – 3:24
- "Long Stem" – 4:26
- "Red Bus Needs to Leave!" – 2:41
- "Soup" – 0:43
Use in popular culture
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.