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He directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson, The Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America.
With the decline of music television and the onset of social media, Weird Al used You Tube and other video sites to publish his videos; this strategy proved integral helping to boost sales of his later albums including Mandatory Fun.
In mid-1979, shortly before his senior year, "My Sharona" by The Knack was on the charts and Yankovic took his accordion into the restroom across the hall from the radio station to take advantage of the echo chamber acoustics and recorded a parody titled "My Bologna". Demento, who played it to good response from listeners.
Yankovic met The Knack after a show at his college and introduced himself as the author of "My Bologna".
The Knack's lead singer, Doug Fieger, said he liked the song and suggested that Capitol Records vice president Rupert Perry release it as a single.
"My Bologna" was released as a single with "School Cafeteria" as its B-side, and the label gave Yankovic a six-month recording contract.
Demento's radio show, saying "If there hadn't been a Dr.
Yankovic said he had originally been nicknamed Weird Al by fellow students and "took it on professionally" as his persona for the station.And I would get up with my accordion and play the theme from 2001.And people were kind of shocked that I would be disrupting their mellow Thursday night folk fest.In 1978, he released his first recording (as Alfred Yankovic), "Take Me Down", on the LP, Slo Grown, as a benefit for the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County.The song mocked famous nearby landmarks such as Bubblegum Alley and the fountain toilets at the Madonna Inn.