Frank Zappa

Jewish Princess

Composed by Frank Zappa

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Of all the politically incorrect songs Frank Zappa wrote, "Jewish Princess" is the only one that actually attracted a formal complaint. The Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith requested an apology but the composer refused. Later, he stated in The Real Frank Zappa Book that, "unlike the Unicorn, such creatures do exist -- and deserve to be 'commemorated' with their own special opus." In similar cases the man always argued that his attacks (on women, gays, dogs, elected officials) were not gratuitous but stated facts. He may have gone a bit too far in this piece, a funny medium-tempo pop song about a man who seeks a "nasty little Jewish Princess" with "long phony nails [...], a garlic aroma [...], titanic tits, and sand-blasted zits." One must point that this search for such a specific object of sexual pleasure is as stupid as the description of the girl itself.

The song presents a typical example of Zappa's vocal overdubbing techniques. The main vocals are embellished by tons of illustrative sounds and creative backing lines. The music itself deserves little mention. The song was performed at least once in 1977 or 1978, since the basic tracks used for it came from a live recording, but no further occurrence has been reported -- either the intricate overdubs rendered it useless on-stage or Zappa understood the issue to be sensitive. After its release on the 1979 album Sheik Yerbouti, it only appeared on the theme collection Have I Offended Someone?.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sheik Yerbouti 1979 Rykodisc 3:16
Have I Offended Someone? 1997 Rykodisc 3:15