All good things must come to an end, and all pretty bad things that at one point were kinda good, too, must come to an end. With that in mind, meet Macaulay Culkin’s joke band: the Pizza Underground, a parody of the avant-garde New York rock band the Velvet Underground, but with a penchant for pizza. Their hits include “I’m Waiting for Delivery Man” (original: “I’m Waiting for My Man”), “All the Pizza Parties” (“All Tomorrow’s Parties”), and “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice” (I think you know that one). In a recent interview with actor and podcaster Marc Maron, Culkin admitted the time has come for the Pizza Underground to hang up their (chef?) hats and break up.
Culkin’s episode on Maron’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, aired on Monday. In it, Culkin explains to a very incredulous Maron that all the band members were actually big fans of the Velvet Underground, parodying not just their songs but founder Lou Reed’s and singer Nico’s solo stuff. He also explains that the band unintentionally blew up after they recorded a demo and put it up on Bandcamp and forgot about it. He also tells a story of how shocking it was to see a “a line 4-person wide around the block” to see the Pizza Underground perform at the Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right.
“We kinda hit that hipster strike zone,” he says, with more clarity on his place in the popular culture than most serious people who make art probably would have. “The Brooklyn hipsters frickin’ love that kind of thing.”
But the gag wore off after a while. “It’s one of those things where it’s a joke and you laugh and you keep on repeating the same joke so it gets un-funny,” Culkin says, although he adds that “then it comes back around again and it becomes hysterical.”
Lest you think he should really give the Pizza Underground another shot, Culkin explains the band was really just “out-of-tune guitar, maracas, and tambourines” that they eventually added “keys” and “bass,” too. “I didn’t want people walking away going, ‘That was a good show,’” he says, “I wanted people walking away going, ‘I had a lot of fun.’”
I’m sure those Brooklyn hipsters did have fun! (And probably everyone who saw them, Culkin says they toured three countries at some point and always sold well.) I hope Culkin is enjoying his life post-band, and I applaud his decision to know when to end things. Kudos.