Stick N Move

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"Stick N Move"
Album-Xero Tape.png
Song by Xero from the album Xero (Demo Cassette Tape)
Recorded 1996
Released 1997
Format Cassette
Length 2:41
Stems Akai MPC 1000
Tempo 108
Samples Giacomo Puccini - Madama Butterfly, Act II: Un bel dì vedremo
The Melachrino Strings And Orchestra - Three Coins In The Fountain
References A Tribe Called Quest - Check The Rhime
Live debut Unknown
Last played Unknown
Writer Mike Shinoda, Mark Wakefield
Producer Mike Shinoda

Xero (Demo Cassette Tape) track listing
  1. Rhinestone
  2. Reading My Eyes
  3. Fuse
  4. Stick N Move

"Stick N Move" is the fourth track on the Xero 1997 cassette tape.


"Stick N Move" was created by Mike Shinoda and Mark Wakefield when Linkin Park was still called "Xero" and had Mark on vocals.

The song was rewritten with a different beat and completely different lyrics after the Xero version and it was re-recorded with Chester Bennington on vocals. Mike described the lyrics as "really trite," but thought it was a fun song to play.[1] In Jeff Blue's book "One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park", he explained that recording for Hybrid Theory began on March 7, 2000 at NRG Studios. Rob's drum tracking began on March 14 and he tracked drums for "Stick N Move" partially on March 15 and again on March 16.[2]

The line "Record industry rule 4,081: Question my intentions and your whole world is done" is a reference to "Check The Rhime" by A Tribe Called Quest.

The main riff was eventually reworked into "Runaway" on Hybrid Theory. A short instrumental demo dating from 1998 was released on the LP Underground 9: Demos album in November 2009 and is the earliest known demo of "Runaway". Mike Shinoda said, "There's a song called Stick N Move, it was one of our early songs. Probably one of the first seven songs we made. Somewhere around there. I think, I don't know. But we certainly played Stick N Move at all the early shows with Mark, before Chester. And then when we went into the studio to do Hybrid Theory, Stick N Move was always a popular one at our shows, so we tried to make it work, and then Don just didn't like it. We were like "Yeah I get that. Like it's not as good as some of these other ones that are coming together. So we just broke it down into pieces and it turned into Runaway. Almost 0% of Stick N Move is in Runaway. Like we almost completely rewrote the song. Like it was kinda the tempo and the bounce of it and that was all that remained. We didn't take Stick N Move and re-record it in the studio. It never got that far. It was only its own thing, and then Runaway became its own thing. It was its own separate session and its own separate recording. They're not the same song."[3]

In the Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) book, Rob Bourdon wrote, "When we finally had the chance to go into the studio in early 2000, I think we had 2 weeks to track all the instruments for vocals. (It may have been shorter.) There was a song that we all wanted to let go of called Stick N Move. Our producer Don Gilmore insisted we keep the track. He kept on saying that there was something great about it and asked us to please just try recording it. We recorded just the instrumental and left it with Mike and Chester to rewrite the melody and lyrics and that song became Runaway."

In June 2019, two other instrumental demos of "Stick N Move" leaked online from Mike's MPC in the Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things leak, one of which is similar to the full version of the demo on the LP Underground 9 album but with just a few missing sounds and is over three and a half minutes long. The second demo features a different beat which is used in the Forgotten Demos version. The strings in this second demo are sampled from both Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Act II: "Un bel dì vedremo" and "Three Coins In The Fountain", the fifth track on Rendezvous In Rome by The Melachrino Strings And Orchestra.[4]


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Stick N Move Xero 2:41 1996 1997
  • Mark Wakefield on vocals.
  • Contains a reference to A Tribe Called Quest's "Check The Rhime".
Stick And Move ("Runaway" Demo 1998) LP Underground 9.0: Demos


Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)

0:54 1998 November 23, 2009
  • Shortened instrumental demo.
Stick&Mo Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things 3:40 1998
  • Original long version of the LPU demo.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on August 5, 2019.
Stick2 Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things 2:54 1998
  • Instrumental demo.
  • Beat from the demo with Chester.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on August 5, 2019.
Stick N Move (Demo) Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:17 2000 October 9, 2020
  • Chester Bennington on vocals.
  • Different lyrics.
  • Drums in the chorus are more similar to "Runaway".
  • Riff in the bridge is more similar to "Runaway".


"Stick N Move" was played at all the early shows with Mark Wakefield on vocals.[3] Mike said, "At all of our early shows, that was basically our big song -- people who would come to our shows for the first time, we would talk to them afterwards and mention that song."[1] Despite the song being a crowd favorite, he said it never stood up to all the other songs on Hybrid Theory, so it was rewritten into "Runaway".[5]


  • Mike Shinoda
  • Mark Wakefield
  • Brad Delson
  • Rob Bourdon
  • Dave Farrell
  • Joe Hahn