One-Hit Wonders: “Weird Al” Yankovic And “Eat It”

From the bedroom to the bathroom to the pop Top 20. So went the path traveled by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]”Weird Al” Yankovic[/lastfm] to find his hit, “Eat It.”

When his friends denied him the opportunity to contribute his accordion playing to their rock and roll band, Al Yankovic salved his wounds with weekly engagements listening to the Dr. Demento show.

At 15, Yankovic got his first taste of fame, the airing of his bedroom-recorded parody of “Another One Bites the Dust” called “Another One Rides the Bus.” With that event, a career was struck.

His take on the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Knack[/lastfm]’s “My Sharona” (called “My Bologna”) won the favor of the band and a recording contract with Capitol Records. Scads of parodies followed ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Hall & Oates[/lastfm]’ “Maneater” turned into “Spameater”) before Yankovic’s version of “Beat It” was OK’d by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] as “Eat It.”

It hit #12 in April 1984.

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