The Idiot Bastard Son

Consider this a sequel to my Tacky Even For Tucker post. I posited the notion of Two Tuckers: Bowtie Tucker and Necktie Tucker. I stand by that post but should have added another Zappa last word.

Like Bowtie Daddy, The Idiot Bastard Son came from We’re Only In It For The Money; an album that influences me as a satirist to this day. It’s not a Zappa period piece, it’s even more relevant in 2021. Dig this opening stanza:

The idiot bastard son
The father’s a Nazi in congress today
The mother’s a hooker somewhere in L.A.

There are many idiot bastard sons running loose in 2021 and several Nazis in Congress. Oy just oy.

The preceding was an elaborate ruse to post some music.

We begin with the original:

Here’s a live version with Napoleon Murphy Brock on lead vocals:

The great French fiddler Jean-Luc Ponty was mentored by Zappa and recorded an album of the latter’s songs as well spending some time in the Mothers:

Finally, the weirdest version of all by Sting. That’s right, Sting. Go figure.

One thought on “The Idiot Bastard Son

  1. M. Bouffant says:

    As the liner notes say:

    THIS WHOLE MONSTROSITY WAS
    CONCEIVED & EXECUTED BY
    FRANK ZAPPA AS A RESULT OF
    SOME UNPLEASANT
    PREMONITIONS, AUGUST
    THROUGH OCTOBER 1967.

    Maybe took a bit longer than he expected.

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