Jewish Princess (song)

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"Jewish Princess"
Song by Frank Zappa from the album Sheik Yerbouti
Recorded 1979
Genre Comedy rock, pop
Length 3:16
Writer(s) Frank Zappa
Composer(s) Frank Zappa
Language English
Producer(s) Frank Zappa
Sheik Yerbouti track listing
"Dancin' Fool"
(15)
"Jewish Princess"
(16)
"Wild Love"
(16)

"Jewish Princess" is a song by Frank Zappa released on his album Sheik Yerbouti in 1979. The song is a humorous look at the Jewish-American princess stereotype which attracted attention from the Anti-Defamation League, to which Zappa denied an apology, arguing: "Unlike the unicorn, such creatures do exist — and deserve to be 'commemorated' with their own special opus". In an interview with Spin magazine he was almost offended saying, "…as if to say there is no such thing as a Jewish Princess. Like I invented this?"[1] Biographer Barry Miles claimed in his book, Frank Zappa (Atlantic Books of London, 2005), that the ADL asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban the record from being played on the air - a symbolic effort given that the song was not being played anyway. This led to the rumor that a legal action had been filed against Zappa, a charge he vehemently denied in a CNN interview on "The Freeman Report" show of October 26, 1981.[2] Zappa claimed that offensive songs such as this are why Sheik Yerbouti became one of his best selling albums of all time. Although it had little play in concert, it was included on Zappa's theme collection Have I Offended Someone?[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SPIN Media LLC (July 1991). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 91–. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Zappa on “Freeman Report” CNN – October 26th, 1981 | Kill Ugly Radio". killuglyradio.com. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  3. ^ Zappa, F.; Occhiogrosso, P. (1990). Real Frank Zappa Book. Simon & Schuster. pp. 1–226. ISBN 9780671705725. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Jewish Princess - Frank Zappa | Listen, Appearances, Song Review | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 

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