Hear Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza-Themed Velvet Underground Parody Band
Keep the change, ya filthy rock'n'roll animals
“Papa John Says.” “I’m Beginning to Eat the Slice.” “I’m Waiting for Delivery Man.” “Cheese Days.” “Pizza Day.” “All the Pizza Parties.” “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice.” That’s a sampling of song titles from the Pizza Underground, a pizza-obsessed band goofing on the songs of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground — and featuring “percussion/kazoo/vocals” from Macaulay Culkin, whose most famous role, as the child star of Home Alone, prominently featured pizza delivery. As Jezebel points out, you can buy their demo for $1 and/or listen to it below. The takeaway here: Pie-in-the-sky San Francisco garage-rock geniuses’ Personal and the Pizzas’ biggest mistake was not taking their ‘za novelty far enough. That, and Morrissey’s recently released “Satellite of Love” cover suffers from a serious lack of references to delicious toppings.
While we’re (sort of?) on the subject, the Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat, turned 45 this year. A triple-disc “Super Deluxe Edition” of the record (SPIN’s No. 1 alternative album of the 1960s) is out December 10 via Universal. The same day, Burger Records and Universal jointly release The Velvet Underground — White Light/White Heat Tribute Album. Stream covers by Natural Child, the Memories, Mozes and the Firstborn, Curtis Harding, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, and Gap Dream.
SPIN’s coverage of Lou Reed and his legacy:
Goodbye, Lou Reed: New Yorkers Lovingly Celebrate His Life and Music
Lou Reed, R.I.P.: Hear His Legacy in 15 Tracks
Lou Reed: A Critical Discography
The SPIN Interview: Lou Reed
Lou Reed’s New York City: The Velvets’ Stomping Grounds, Today
Five Great Rap Songs That Sample Lou Reed or the Velvet Underground
Toesucker Blues: Robert Christgau’s Farewell Salute to Lou Reed
Dave Hickey on Lou Reed: ‘We Have Lost the Master of the Mundane and the Malicious’
The Little Giant: John Cameron Mitchell Remembers His Neighbor, Lou Reed
The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s