Ara Babajian

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Ara Babajian
Ara Babajian by Imelda Michalczyk.jpg
Ara Babajian of The Slackers performing in Bristol on 11July 2014.
Background information
Birth name Kenneth Ara Babajian
Also known as Ara Babajian, Ara Crack
Born July 9, 1972 (1972-07-09) (age 44)
Origin Hollywood, California, United States
Genres Ska, Punk, Reggae, Soft rock, Punk metal
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Drums
Years active 1987–present
Labels Hellcat Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Alternative Tentacles, Moon Ska Records
Associated acts The Slackers, Leftöver Crack, The Trick Babys, Agent 99, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Star Fucking Hipsters
Website The Slackers, Leftöver Crack

Ara Babajian (born July 9, 1972) is an American drummer who has been a member of such bands as Leftöver Crack and The Slackers.[1] Ara is of Armenian descent, and is named after Ara, an Armenian king.[2]

Together with Dunia Best, Jay Nugent and Alec Baillie he started the third wave ska band Agent 99 in the early nineties. In 1998 they released the compilation album Little Pieces 1993-1995.

In April 2000, Babajian joined Baillie to play drums in Leftöver Crack under the pseudonym "Ara Crack" until 2002. In early 2003 Ara joined The Slackers. In 2005, he rejoined Leftover Crack and currently plays in both bands, along with being an active member of The World/Inferno Friendship Society.

Ara Babajian has played in a number of other bands, including King Django, Ruder Than You, The Trick Babys, Skandalous All Stars (a ska supergroup featuring several members of the Slackers), and Sic & Mad.

He is an endorser of Pro-Mark Drumsticks[1].

He was also the original drummer of the Star Fucking Hipsters.

During the 80's, Ara also played drums in the funky-style band Das Booty with Brian Pitts on bass, Matthew Moreno on Horns (for a short time), Michael Cardenas on guitar and others. Demos of this band were to later circulate on YouTube mistakenly as lost Red Hot Chili Peppers recordings. It was eventually cleared up and credit has been given to Das Booty.


  1. ^ Punk News - Interview with Leftover Crack
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 

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