The seemingly ageless, polka-playing "Weird Al" Yankovic has bestowed some true pop culture chestnuts on us over the decades, delivering his peculiar brand of musical parodies to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" ("Eat It"), Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" ("Amish Paradise"), Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" ("Smells Like Nirvana") and many more.
One of his pointed parodies was aimed at the video game culture in a tune he wrote and recorded on a cassette deck in the early '80s called "Pac-Man," set to The Beatles' "Tax Man." It was only heard for a couple of weeks on the famous Dr. Demento radio show in 1981 ... then silenced by a nasty cease and desist letter from The Beatles legal team.
Now, through an agreement with the George Harrison estate, this long-lost "Pac-Man" track has gotten an official release and will be included on Yankovic's career-encapsulating box set, Squeeze Box: The Complete Recordings of "Weird Al" Yankovic. Set for a fall launch, this ultimate "Weird Al" wonderama is packaged in an awesome replica of his trusty accordion loaded with 15 vinyl discs, including a Medium Rarities record, which contains rare non-album tracks from throughout his 35-year career.
"I'd like to think that none of the Beatles ever actually heard the song back then," Yankovic told Nerdist. "It was just some office [clerk] whose whole job is to litigate and prosecute people for copyright infringement. I should also point out that I was more worried about the Pac-Man people, because we also had to get permission from Namco. But thankfully they had a good sense of humor about it."
Have a listen to the song below and tell us if it's a worthy entry to the "Weird Al" catalog of crazy songs.