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Thread started 08/03/08 10:09am

bellanoche

Who plays drums on Habibi?

I LOVE "Habibi." It's so bad ass. Does anyone know who's playing the drums on this track? I think it might be Michael B. but I'm not sure. Thanks!
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Reply #1 posted 08/03/08 10:51am

thebanishedone

john blackwell it was recorded during year 2000 and its the first erxample of prince using whammy bar since his guitar solo on 777-9311
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Reply #2 posted 08/03/08 11:28am

bellanoche

thebanishedone said:

john blackwell it was recorded during year 2000 and its the first erxample of prince using whammy bar since his guitar solo on 777-9311


That was fast! Thanks so much. You know I hadn't thought about Prince's lack of whammy use until you posted this. Either way, John put it down on those drums. I love Prince's playing too, of course. It's just a raw jam.
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Reply #3 posted 08/03/08 11:48am

RumAndRaisin

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actually its Kirky J.

it was done in 1999
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Reply #4 posted 08/03/08 1:36pm

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RumAndRaisin said:

actually its Kirky J.

it was done in 1999

eek lol
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Reply #5 posted 08/03/08 5:10pm

bellanoche

RumAndRaisin said:

actually its Kirky J.

it was done in 1999



Really? I would not have guessed Kirky J at all. I have to go back and listen closer. I was somewhere between Michael B. and John Blackwell. Kirky? Interesting.
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Reply #6 posted 08/04/08 6:01am

Zeezow

If you guys don't mind me asking, on which album was 'Habibi' on? Or was it a B-side? unreleased? I'm middle eastern myself so you get the sudden interest lol

Side note: Habibi is "My love" in Arabic... but it's used for for males! lol
to a female you should say "habibati" or "habibti"... I hope Prince got that... I doubt it though lol
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Reply #7 posted 08/04/08 6:21am

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Side note: Habibi is "My love" in Arabic... but it's used for for males!
to a female you should say "habibati" or "habibti"... I hope Prince got that... I doubt it though


It is not released on an album. I believe Habibi was a download from the NPG music club. Habibi is the name of one of his guitars!
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Reply #8 posted 08/04/08 7:35am

Zeezow

Ronald said:

Side note: Habibi is "My love" in Arabic... but it's used for for males!
to a female you should say "habibati" or "habibti"... I hope Prince got that... I doubt it though


It is not released on an album. I believe Habibi was a download from the NPG music club. Habibi is the name of one of his guitars!


Aha, I see... thanks for the info smile
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Reply #9 posted 08/04/08 12:14pm

thebanishedone

no its not kirk,everybody who have ear can clearly hear its john blackwell on drums and prince didnt use whammy bar bfore year 2000(if you dont count 777-9311 and prinvate joy)
so it could't be recorded before 2000
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Reply #10 posted 08/05/08 2:21am

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thebanishedone said:

no its not kirk,everybody who have ear can clearly hear its john blackwell on drums and prince didnt use whammy bar bfore year 2000(if you dont count 777-9311 and prinvate joy)
so it could't be recorded before 2000


John joined the NPG in August 2000.

The song was being spoken about even in 1998

http://web.archive.org/we...future.htm
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Reply #11 posted 08/05/08 4:30am

thebanishedone

do u have ears,its definetly john blackwell.
drumming on habibi is ay too agressive and sofisticated to be kirk
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Reply #12 posted 08/05/08 5:16am

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thebanishedone said:

do u have ears,its definetly john blackwell.
drumming on habibi is ay too agressive and sofisticated to be kirk

youd be surprised how good he was, when he didnt use that crappy electric kit he was amazing.

i think hes got a myspace, ill ask him if it was him or john
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Reply #13 posted 08/05/08 7:48am

thebanishedone

i bet my life its john
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Reply #14 posted 08/05/08 7:50am

thebanishedone

i know kirk johnsons drumming style.he is good in the pocket player but no way its him on habibi,its john blackwell
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Reply #15 posted 08/05/08 7:59am

LinnLM1

Lyrically, what is this song about?
the music knows what your motives are when you are making it

listen to The Replacements - its good for the soul
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Reply #16 posted 08/05/08 11:17am

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LinnLM1 said:

Lyrically, what is this song about?


He starts singing random bits from "Machine Gun" by Jimi Hendrix. U can hear him saying "Machine gun...tearing all my family apart" or something like that...

cool
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Reply #17 posted 08/06/08 5:29am

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im sure it was done late 1999, also in late 98 he mentioned it on his site, saying that he needed permission from jimi's family
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Reply #18 posted 08/06/08 5:56am

thebanishedone

no u are wrong .
during 2000 celebration kirk was still on drums but john blackwell was already drafted for npg but he had to finish his previous obligations for another musician(which name escapes me at the moment)

habibi is the first recording featuring john blackwell and whammy bar.
so its definetly recorded in the year 2000
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Reply #19 posted 08/08/08 6:21pm

bellanoche

So did anyone settle this? Rum did you contact Kirk and ask if it was him? As I said, I was always torn between Michael and John, I just needed to know when it was recorded to make a decision. When Banished said it was John that honestly made sense to me. I have seen and heard Kirk to and the drumming does seem a bit advanced for him. Although I could be wrong.
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Reply #20 posted 08/09/08 2:26am

RumAndRaisin

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bellanoche said:

So did anyone settle this? Rum did you contact Kirk and ask if it was him? As I said, I was always torn between Michael and John, I just needed to know when it was recorded to make a decision. When Banished said it was John that honestly made sense to me. I have seen and heard Kirk to and the drumming does seem a bit advanced for him. Although I could be wrong.


it was recorded in 2000, but it was being played live as early as 1998
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Reply #21 posted 08/09/08 12:31pm

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RumAndRaisin said:

thebanishedone said:

do u have ears,its definetly john blackwell.
drumming on habibi is ay too agressive and sofisticated to be kirk

youd be surprised how good he was, when he didnt use that crappy electric kit he was amazing.

i think hes got a myspace, ill ask him if it was him or john


- Please post his reply here. Now I am curious. I could swear it was John.
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Reply #22 posted 08/10/08 5:38am

thebanishedone

i dont need replay my ears are enough to be sure its john blackwell.
its his drumming style
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