Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground Bring Some Much-Needed Cheese to SXSW
After a South By Southwest week of industry panels about the state of the music business and Lady Gaga attempting to pass off onstage vomiting as important performance art, on SXSW's final evening it was a cheesy delight to see some pizza pranksters who didn't seem to take themselves (or really anything other than pizza) very seriously.
I'm deep-dishing here about the Pizza Underground, Macaulay Culkin's low-brow yet high-concept Velvet Underground tribute band. On Saturday at Austin's Buffalo Billiards club — just down the block from any number of famous 6th Street pizza eateries — Macaulay and friends reimagined Velvets classics as piping-hot, pizza-party jams, transforming "Stephanie Says" into "Papa John's Says," "These Days" into "Cheese Days," "Satellite of Love" into "Have a Bite of Crust," "All Tomorrow's Parties" into "All the Pizza Parties," "Walk on the Wild Side" into "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice," and so on. (Sample lyric: "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.")
The band soundchecked with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's "Gimme Pizza" song. Jewish novelty rapper Kosha Dilz, whom the P.U. guys had just met Saturday afternoon, joined in for an improvised rap about kosher, pickle-topped pizza pie. Macaulay and his gal pal Jordan Lane Price (billed as "Edie Breadsticks") performed a cheesy duet of "I'm Sticking With Chew."