Another One Rides the Bus is the debut extended play by American parodist Weird Al Yankovic. It was released in February 1981 by Placebo Records, the title song is a parody of English rock band Queens 1980 single Another One Bites the Dust. The EP also features three songs, all of which are original recordings. Another One Rides the Bus was released to capitalize on the recent success of the titular parody, Yankovic borrowed money from Barret Dr. Demento Hansen to pay for the record, and distributed them to records stores under consignment deals. Due to the success of the record, TK Records signed Yankovic for a while. Only one thousand copies of this record were made, and today it is considered very rare, the EP features the titular parody, as well as three original comedy songs, with music written by Yankovic. In April 1980, Yankovic recorded the first song for the album, the song, co-written by Joe Earley, is a play on words discussing a man with a boogie on his finger and his quandary therein. The second song to be recorded for the EP was Another One Rides the Bus, Yankovic wrote the song, a parody of Queens hit Another One Bites the Dust, and debuted it live on the Dr. Demento Show, hosted by Barret Dr. Demento Hansen. While practicing the song outside the booth, Yankovic met Jon Bermuda Schwartz who told Yankovic he was a drummer. Schwartz agreed to drum on Yankovics accordion case to keep a beat to the song. Another One Rides the Bus became so popular that it landed Yankovic a short-lived record deal with TK Records, on the show, Yankovic played his accordion and Schwartz banged on Yankovics accordion case and played the bulb horns. In January 1981, the song Mr. Frump in the Iron Long was recorded, the final song, recorded on January 19,1981, was Happy Birthday. A morbidly depressing birthday song detailing ails of the world, including poverty, nuclear holocaust, and eventual solar cataclysm, the song is based on the music of artist Tonio K. Only seeing two popular songs at the time—Happy Birthday to You by Patty and Mildred J. Hill. Happy Birthday was recorded in the garage of Richard Bopcat Bennett, Gotta Boogie, Happy Birthday, and Mr. Frump in the Iron Long would be re-recorded for Yankovics eponymous debut studio album, while Another One Rides the Bus would not. Yankovic desired to release the song on a label, although no label wanted to sign him at the time. Thus, Yankovic borrowed some money from Dr. Demento and pressed up one thousand copies of the four-track EP by himself, Yankovic then distributed the EP to various record stores, selling them through consignment deals. Yankovic released the record under Placebo Records, a label founded by Yankovic for the sole purpose of distributing the EPs
Image: Weird Al Yankovic Another One Rides The Bus
Yankovic borrowed money from Dr. Demento to press up one thousand copies of this EP.