Back in 2013 Macaulay Culkin got stoned with a couple of friends, came up with the idea for a pizza-focused tribute band and never let the idea die.
In fact, they chose Velvet Underground for their tribute, called their own band Pizza Underground, and every song had something to do with pizza.
A year later Pizza Underground went on tour, complete with their range of pizza-themed tribute songs. I wonder if they sing about Butler’s?
Said Culkin in an interview back then:
This means we have not “I’m Waiting for the Man”, but rather “I’m Waiting for Delivery Man”. Not “Femme Fatale” but “Pizza Gal”. The Pizza Underground dwells on sartorial choices not simply for “All Tomorrow’s Parties” but “All the Pizza Parties”. I even offer a kazoo solo on “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice”.
It was during that kazoo solo that the band were booed off stage in Manchester and their tour ended. Check a snippet, below:
The band called the situation a “cheesemergency”, and music enthusiasts thought that the end of it – but not such luck.
In his first media interaction in years, the 35-year-old child movie star was the subject of an interview with The Guardian – and one of the topics they grazed on was Pizza Underground.
This was his answer when interviewer Rhik Samadder asked “What the hell?”:
It’s one of those good ideas you have when you’re drunk, and you wake up and forget about it. But we’re taking it to the end of the joke. We have an album coming out, a vinyl pressing with a children’s choir, a symphony orchestra.
We’re giving it away, our gift to the world.
Of course I find it funny! We rhyme mushrooms with mushrooms, come on. It’s the same joke, relentlessly. Like, they’re really doing this?
Yes, an album. The band, complete with a pizza box used as a drum, even has a tumblr dedicated to everything pizza, Velvet Underground rip-offs, and Macaulay Culkin himself.
I would say for their next tribute, instead of ‘She’s My Best Friend’ they can sing ‘Rotherham’s My Best Friend’ and add a little bit about how Butler’s The Rotherham has a good time saving us when we are down, down down.
What do you think?
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