The story goes that Michael Jackson dug “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parodies of “Beat It” (“Eat It”) and “Bad” (“Fat”), but Jacko wouldn’t let him release his take on “Black or White”. titled “Snack All Night.”
“Michael didn’t feel like it,” Yankovic wrote in Rolling Stone in 2009, “because he thought ‘Black or White’ was more of a message, and he didn’t feel comfortable parodying that song. …which I fully understood, and in a way he was doing me a big favor, because I was already stuck as the guy who made Michael Jackson parodies, and because he wasn’t that into it, I decided to go with Nirvana, which ended my career I don’t know what kind of career I would have today if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson. In a very real sense, he jump-started my career. ‘Eat It’ has basically changed me from a unknown in a man recognized at Burger King.”
Yankovic still occasionally played “Snack All Night” live, and one of the highest quality recordings available can be seen above.