Macaulay Culkin: The Pizza Underground releasing an album
Macaulay Culkin has gifted the internet with many an absurdist project since stepping back from his acting career. Now, one of his more obscure efforts — the pizza-themed, Velvet Underground parody band he formed in 2013 — is getting a reboot. In an interview with The Guardian, Culkin revealed the group is working on their first record.
“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,” he said.
Dubbed The Pizza Underground, the rock comedy troupe launched in 2013 as a joke. They made their debut with a now-viral clip of Culkin eating a slice of cheese pizza, then premiered their first music video in 2014. Their short-lived run saw them replace various Velvet Underground lyrics with pizza puns, spoofing songs like “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (“All Pizza Parties”), “Femme Fatale” (“Pizza Gal”), and Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” (“Take a Bite of the Wild Slice”).
“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?” Culkin said of the band.
The Pizza Underground’s revival will mark their first new work since 2014, when they canceled their inaugural tour after they were pelted with beer and booed off stage at an England show. They subsequently cut their remaining European dates, citing a “cheesemergency.”
“It’s one of those good ideas you have when you’re drunk, and you wake up and forget about it,” Culkin said. “But we’re taking it to the end of the joke.”
Revisit The Pizza Underground’s debut music video below.