After 36 years, the song that was blocked by the Beatles will finally be released as part of a box set
There's a very good chance you've never heard a non-bootlegged version of "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Pac-Man" – his 36 year-old parody of the Beatles' "Tax Man." After debuting on the Dr. Demento radio show in 1981, it was met with a cease-and-desist notice from the Beatles' lawyers, and hasn't been officially heard since.
In an interview with Nerdist about his upcoming career box-set Squeeze Box: The Complete Recordings of “Weird Al” Yankovic, the iconic parody artist explains that he wasn't originally focused on worrying about the Beatles' response to the song. "I was more worried about the Pac-Man people because we also had to get permission from Namco," Yankovic said. "But thankfully they had a good sense of humor about it."
An official release of the song, pulled from the original four-track cassette recording performed in Yankovic's friend's garage will appear for the first time on Squeeze Box, which will be released on November 24, 2017.