Earlier this week it was brought to light that child star Macaulay Culkin has been busy the last year or so. No, he hasn't been in any movies, but he has started a band. A band called the Pizza Underground.
The Pizza Underground is exactly what it sounds like: a Velvet Underground cover band that sings about pizza. While some may think that this is an elaborate joke following the death of Velvet Underground member Lou Reed, the band are quick to assure that it;s a serious endeavor, and one that started before Reed's death.
On Friday December 13th, hundreds of curious people flocked to Williamsburg's Baby's All Right to see what exactly The Pizza Underground was all about. The show was free and doors opened at 7pm, with a line down the block of people hoping to catch a glimpse of Kevin McCallister sing about pizza, and eat a free slice themselves. The gig was, naturally, a pizza party with pies courtesy of Williamsburg Pizza and complimentary orange and grape soda littering the perimeters.
There was another, ticketed, show starting at 8pm so when the Pizza Underground still hadn't taken the stage at 7:45, the crowd started to wonder if it was all an elaborate hoax. The five piece made their way on stage moments later, quickly introducing themselves before launching right into "Papa John's Says." Yes, that is a pizza-fied cover of "Stephanie Says."
The set consisted of one medley, rather than full length individual songs, so the Pizza Underground was on and off the stage in about 10 minutes. They covered classics like "Waiting for the Man" and "These Days" aptly renamed "Waiting for the Delivery Man" and "Cheese Days" of course. Despite the short set, the crowd got into it, waving empty pizza boxes like lighters and chanting "one more slice!" after they walked off stage.
The best part though? Hands down when Macaulay Culkin played the kazoo to accompany "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice."
Yes, that is a cover of "Walk on the Wild Side."
You can find their pizza medley and more information on the band's bandcamp page.