“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