Monday, 9 December 2013

The most bizarre music news of the year: 'Home Alone'-star Macaulay Culkin has started a pizza-related Velvet Underground cover band.

Um, yeah. The Velvet Underground was a massively influential alternative rock band in the '60s/'70s who served as an inspiration for whole generations of new musicians, ranging from the likes of David Bowie, Patti Smith and Roxy Music to Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Nirvana. Among others. Their debut album only sold 30,000 copies but it was once famously said by English music pioneer Brian Eno that "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." And now you can add Macaulay Culkin of Home Alone fame to the list.

Culkin, who once struggled with a serious drug addiction has now apparently found inspiration in the New York-spawned experimental rock band whose lyrics were not at all unfamiliar with the destructive hedonism of the infamous "drugs, sex & rock n' roll" lifestyle. So he started a Velvet Underground / Lou Reed tribute band, with a twist. A pizza twist. Indeed, the pizzafied song titles appearing on their demo tape include "Papa John Says" ("Stephanie Says"), "I'm Waiting For Delivery Man" ("I'm Waiting For The Man"), "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice" ("Take A Walk On The Wild Side") and "All The Pizza Parties" ("All Tomorrow's Parties"). You can't really blame them for being unimaginative! Oh, and the name of the band? The Pizza Underground. 

Is it any good? Oh god no. But it's still kind of hilarious in a strangest of ways so don't take it too seriously - you can listen to the tape below!

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