Murph Drag

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Murph Drag

NPG Ahdio Show # 3 - no official artwork created

Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 22 April 2001 - NPG Ahdio Show # 3 download
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince (uncredited)
Producer(s): Prince (uncredited)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Murph Drag a.k.a 'The Murph Drag' was included in NPG Ahdio Show # 3. As released, the song is an edited version (a spoken part by Morris Day is omitted) of what was going to be featured on The Time’s unreleased album Corporate World, which was later released as Pandemonium without this song.

A segue on NPG Ahdio Show # 3 called the track "the first cybersingle" by The Time, but the track was not available as a separate download, and has not been released elsewhere. The track was written, produced, and largely performed by Prince, although no credits accompanied the release.

The tape of the song in the vault dates this song to 21 December 1988. It was recorded at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. In June or July 1989, Morris Day recorded co-lead vocal overdubs, also at Paisley Park Studios, as Prince and Day worked on The Time’s Corporate World album (during the same sessions that produced The Latest Fashion, Nine Lives, Donald Trump (Black Version), Love Machine, Shake!, Corporate World and Release It). Candy Dulfer added saxophone overdubs to the track in late July 1989, also at Paisley Park Studios. The track was included as the first track on an early September 1989, configuration of Corporate World, but the track was removed when the album was re-worked to become Pandemonium. The recording heard on NPG Ahdio Show # 3 had not been re-worked in any way.

The track’s title is also mentioned in the lyrics of My Summertime Thang (and sampled on The Latest Fashion).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
21 December 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
June - early July 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Lead vocal overdubs by Morris Day
Late July 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Saxophone overdubs by Candy Dulfer
Recording Personnel
  • Morris Day - lead vocals
  • Prince - all instruments, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Candy Dulfer - saxophone (uncredited)
  • Jerome Benton - percussion (uncredited, uncertain involvement)
  • Unidentified female vocalist(s) - background vocals

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Murph Drag 4:11 NPG Ahdio Show # 3 (not available as a separate track) Studio

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Pandemonium 4:12 Pandemonium Studio the "aristocratic black" rap/chant at the end of the track is borrowed from Murph Drag
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Murph Drag Studio longer compared to NPG Ahdio Show # 3 version, includes Morris Day spoken part.
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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