December 9, 2013


Macaulay Culkin Delivers With Pizza-Obsessed Velvet Underground Cover Band

Here's a sentence you may need to read a few times before it seems real: Macaulay Culkin is in a Velvet Underground cover band that exists solely to re-word VU/Lou Reed/Nico songs to make them entirely about pizza. For instance, "Stephanie Says" is "Papa John's Says" and "Walk on the Wild Side" is "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice."

Returning to the pizza he loved so dearly in the Home Alone series, Culkin mans the kazoo, handles percussion and sings backup on a nine-minute demo from the Pizza Underground (available for $1, cheaper than most slices!) that covers six Velvet Underground tunes, two solo Lou Reed classics and Nico's "These Days."

Not only is this the best thing Culkin has done since acting in 2004's Saved!, but it's the most ingenious tribute to the recently passed alt-rock forefather yet. One member of the group even plays the pizza box to keep rhythm.

Below are my five favorite pizza puns from Culkin & Co.'s cover band, but you absolutely have to listen to the full thing:

"Stephanie Says" 

"Papa John's says / He'd like to know / Why you've given half your pie / To toppings you hate now"

"Beginning to See the Light"

"I'm beginning to eat the slice / Some people eat very fast / And eat it all in one bite"

"I'm Waiting for the Man"

"I'm waiting for delivery man / 26 dollars in my hand / Comes from Dominos 1,2,3 / More than 30 minutes and that pizza is free"

"These Days"

"I don't do too much toppings, cheese days… I had meat lovers / I don't think I'll risk another, cheese days"

"Walk on the Wild Side"

"Hey babe, take a bite of the wild slice / And the pizza gals say, 'Chew-cha-chew, Chew-cha-chew'"

Less funny but equally delicious: Check out our 10 Favorite Lou Reed Covers right here.