Eat It

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This article is about the song. For the Humble Pie album, see Eat It (Humble Pie album). For the "Weird Al" Yankovic compilation album, see Eat It ("Weird Al" Yankovic album).
"Eat It"
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D
B-side "That Boy Could Dance"
Released February 28, 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded December 13, 1983
Genre Comedy rock, hard rock, R&B
Length 3:19
Label Scotti Brothers
Writer(s) Michael Jackson
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Producer(s) Rick Derringer
Certification Gold (RIAA)
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"I Love Rocky Road"
(1983)
"Eat It"
(1984)
"King of Suede"
(1984)
Alternative covers
British single cover
Japanese single cover
"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D track listing
  1. "Eat It"
  2. "Midnight Star"
  3. "The Brady Bunch"
  4. "Buy Me a Condo"
  5. "I Lost on Jeopardy"
  6. "Polkas on 45"
  7. "Mr. Popeil"
  8. "King of Suede"
  9. "That Boy Could Dance"
  10. "Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)"
  11. "Nature Trail to Hell"

"Eat It" is a 1984 song by comedy music artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. The track was both a commercial and critical success, earning Yankovic a Grammy Award.

According to Yankovic, when he presented his lyrics to Jackson for review, he didn't know what kind of reaction he'd get. Jackson allegedly thought it was amusing, and agreed to allow the parody.[1] On October 19, 1989, the RIAA certified "Eat It" as a gold single.[2]

Reception[edit]

The single reached number 1 in Australia, and it was his highest-charting U.S. single on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 until "White & Nerdy" peaked at number 9 in October 2006.[3] "Eat It" earned Yankovic a 1984 Grammy Award in the Best Comedy Recording category.[4] "Eat It" also outranked "Beat It" in overall highest position on the Australian Aria Charts, with its highest rank being number 1, while "Beat It"'s highest is 3rd. As stated before, the RIAA certified "Eat It" as a gold single on October 19, 1989.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1984 release[edit]

  1. "Eat It" – 3:19
  2. "That Boy Could Dance" – 3:32

1985/1993 re-release[edit]

  1. "Eat It" – 3:19
  2. "I Lost on Jeopardy" – 3:26

Music video[edit]

The video for "Eat It" is styled as a shot-for-shot remake of Jackson's video for "Beat It", but with elements being parodied in various silly ways. For example, two rival gang members brandish a spoon and fork at one another during the song's bridge, then begin to fight over a rubber chicken as the solo guitarist's instrument explodes in his hands.[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart[6] 18
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 6
UK Singles Chart 36
US Billboard Hot 100 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson allows Yankovic to parody "Beat It"
  2. ^ a b Eat It's Certification in the US
  3. ^ Eat It's Highest Ranking on the Billboard 100
  4. ^ Yankovic discusses Grammy's with Andy Greene
  5. ^ "Eat It" Music Video
  6. ^ "Search". Irish Charts. In the "Search by Artist" field, put in Weird Al Yankocic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Werid Al Yankovic - Eat It". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
Preceded by
"99 Luftballons" by Nena
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
May 7, 1984
Succeeded by
"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins