Song Title: Stan
Date of release: December 9th 2000
Description: ” Stan ” is by Eminem ( Marshall Bruce Mathers III ), the American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. The song was written by Marshall Mathers, Dido Armstrong and Paul Harmon.
The song was produced by Eminem and The 45 King ( Mark Howard James ). The 45 King is an American hip hop record producer and disc jockey from The Bronx in New York City. He has worked with artists like Eric B. & Rakim, Queen Latifah and GangStarr.
The single was released on the 9th of December 2000 by record labels Aftermath, Shady and Interscope ( all have parent company Universal Music Group ) and taken as the third single from Eminem’s Album ” The Marshall Mathers LP “.
The song samples ” Thankyou ” by Dido, it is said that by Eminem sampling her track, Dido’s career took off in the States.
lyrics of the song tell a story of an obsessed Eminem fan called Stanley “Stan” Mitchell, who is in his mind the biggest fan of the rapper. Stan pens a series of fan letters to Eminem, each letter becomes more darker and obsessive. He becomes angrier when there are no replies. Lastly Stan records his voice as he drives his car into a lake with his pregnant girlfriend locked in the trunk of his car.
The twist is that Eminem writing as himself in the song attempts to reason with Stan, only to hear the news of the fans death.
In the lyrics the fan also make reference to ” In the air tonight ” by Phil collins. The fan says ” You know the song by Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight” about that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drowning, but didn’t, then Phil saw it all, then at a show he found him? That’s kinda how this is, you coulda rescued me from drowning, Now it’s too late “.
These lyrics are based on the legend that Phil Collins wrote “In the Air Tonight” after seeing a man refuse to help someone drowning, later Phil is supposed to have invited the man to a concert and use the song to expose him. This is just another urban myth, the event never took place.
Due to the violent and upsetting nature of the lyrics, MTV heavily censored the song and video. Large chunks of the lyrics from the first two verses and nearly all of the third verse were cut. MTV also removed any references to Stan’s girlfriend tied up in the trunk of the car and one scene where Eminem drinks vodka while driving.
Dido has said that she was gagged in the first verse of the video, it was censored so much that versions are rare to find.
Fuse, the American digital cable and satellite television channel, also censored the video for ” Stan “. Many lines and words are cut and the song fades out about half way through the second verse. The LP version of the song is approximately 6 minutes long, with the actual full version some 8 minutes in length, however when the video was played on Fuse it had been cut to just over 2 minutes.
Music critics had praise for both the song and Eminem. Entertainment Weekly said ” Eminem proves himself a peerless rap poet with a profound understanding of the power of language. Stan, an epistolary exchange between the artist and a dangerously obsessive fan, may be the most moving song about star worship ever recorded” they went on to add that “Stan” blazes significant new ground for rap “.
Slant magazine wrote a slightly mixed review ” ‘Stan’ is an interesting look into the mind of a fanatic (albeit through the eyes of an equally disturbed individual), but it’s structured entirely around someone else’s work (Dido’s ‘Thank You’) “.
The song was a commercial success for Eminem, in the United States the song peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent a total of 12 weeks on the chart.
In the United Kingdom ” Stan ” charted on the 16th of December 2000 and peaked at Number One which it held for one week. The song spent 6 weeks in the top ten and a total of 25 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 51
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 2, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Europe (European Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 4, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 14, Norway (VG-lista) 3, Romania (Romanian Top 100) 1, Scottish Singles Chart 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 3, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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