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Thread started 07/04/19 2:10am

DesperatelySee
kingSusan

Backwards message in 'Baby I'm A Star'

OK so I can't believe it's taken me so long to investigate this, but I just tried to figure out that backwards voice message at the beginning and end of 'Baby I'm A Star.' I put it in my music software and EQ'd it to try and isolate the voice. It sounds like Jill Jones saying,

'So like, you fucked up man. What do they know? All the taste is in their mouth. Really. What the fuck do they know? Come on baby, let's go. (inaudible)'

Perhaps it's a line from the movie that ended up on the cutting room floor. That's all I could make out. Anyone wanna weigh in on this?

And let me re-iterate how awesome it is that Prince put secret messages in his music and artwork. LOVE THAT!!
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Reply #1 posted 07/04/19 3:40am

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Reply #2 posted 07/04/19 6:55am

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kingSusan

Oh duh, of course, she says, 'Let's Go Crazy' at the end! biggrin

Any idea whose voice it is?

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Reply #3 posted 07/04/19 8:51am

AvocadosMax

It’s cool that it’s hidden. But it’s not an actual message. It literally means nothing lol
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Reply #4 posted 07/04/19 8:54am

AvocadosMax

Cool track though. I think it gets overlooked from the hardcore fans just because it was a big moment in the Purple Rain movie, and Prince is more than Purple Rain

Still one of his best dance tracks
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Reply #5 posted 07/04/19 10:14am

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The DTT transcribed it as:


"Like what the fuck do they know? {backwards message}
All their taste is in their mouth
Really, what the fuck do they know?
Come on, baby
Let's go crazy!"

Even Bert's link to a Wikipedia article notates DTT-Lyrics site. It's not really a secret message. It's clear as day that something is there. It's just Prince being Prince.

He used to play with vocals like that a lot. You can even hear him, very low in the mix quoting the title of "Irresistible Bitch" around the rhythm track in the song. I discovered it a few years ago. It just suddenly popped out of me.

Now if we could just figure out all the words to "Shortberry Strawcake".

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Reply #6 posted 07/04/19 2:17pm

jjam

I like the low in the mix backwards message in "2 Y. 2 D." on HitNRun Phase Two at 1.07 that, if you play it backwards, says "Don't buy HitNRun Phase One, it's shit".

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Reply #7 posted 07/04/19 3:20pm

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jjam said:

I like the low in the mix backwards message in "2 Y. 2 D." on HitNRun Phase Two at 1.07 that, if you play it backwards, says "Don't buy HitNRun Phase One, it's shit".

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lol lol lol

RIP EXTRALOVEABLE!!! sad
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Reply #8 posted 07/05/19 3:48pm

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It's not Jill Jones, it's Wendy.

‎https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvmsrcg1qD_wVuS4qnopmQg
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Reply #9 posted 07/05/19 4:20pm

TrivialPursuit

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AvocadosMax said:

Cool track though. I think it gets overlooked from the hardcore fans just because it was a big moment in the Purple Rain movie, and Prince is more than Purple Rain Still one of his best dance tracks


I'd disagree. I don't think anyone is overlooking "Baby, I'm A Star". Who cares where it was in the movie, the soundtrack was out a month before the movie. I remember radio stations in my area deciding whether to play "I Would Die 4 U" with it, or treat each song was its own track. Needless to say, those two songs connecting gave Prince even more radio play.

But overlooked by hardcore fans? Nah.


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Reply #10 posted 07/06/19 7:23am

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AvocadosMax said:

Cool track though. I think it gets overlooked from the hardcore fans just because it was a big moment in the Purple Rain movie, and Prince is more than Purple Rain Still one of his best dance tracks

There is not a single track, on the whole of Purple Rain, that you can say is "overlooked."

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Reply #11 posted 07/06/19 7:26am

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You want to know something sad, though? Until today, I had no idea that was a backwards message at all. I never knew exactly what was being said, but swore I could pick parts out, even though none of it made sense. Something about "honey I just wrote the book" and "excuse my I'm lost" or some other nonsense. I hereby turn in my Prince Hardcore card...

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Reply #12 posted 07/06/19 11:04am

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It's not Jill Jones, it's Wendy.

I think it's Lisa speaking

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Reply #13 posted 07/06/19 11:55am

onlyforaminute

One of my favorites. Not really a controversial message though.
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Reply #14 posted 07/06/19 7:24pm

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TrivialPursuit said:


Even Bert's link to a Wikipedia article notates DTT-Lyrics site. It's not really a secret message. It's clear as day that something is there. It's just Prince being Prince.

Now if we could just figure out all the words to "Shortberry Strawcake".


Bert is the man.


lol

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Reply #15 posted 07/07/19 7:55am

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SquirrelMeat said:

Bert is the man.


lol


That's generous.

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