Publiq House to play host to pseudo-tribute band The Pizza Underground

Colin Mahar, Contributing Reporter

Enigmatic musical act The Pizza Underground will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the Publiq House on Freret Street. The Pizza Underground is a bizarre collective that defies traditional genres and musical standards, falling somewhere in the realm between tribute band and comedy troupe. 
 
Led by former child actor Macaulay Culkin of “Home Alone” fame, the band performs pizza-themed covers of songs by seminal proto-punk outfit, The Velvet Underground. For those confused by what exactly “pizza-themed” means, essentially it entails tweaking sparse lyrics about sex and drugs into comically absurd novelty songs about eating pizza. For example, Lou Reed’s infamous line “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side” becomes “Hey babe, take a bite of the wild slice” in The Pizza Underground rendition. It isn’t difficult to see the subtle genius these innovative pizza fiends possess. 

Essentially, the group is an absurdist take on the an art-rock band already known for its fashionable absurdism. Perhaps the project is a way for Culkin to distance himself from the public persona he has acquired as a result of being such and iconic child star, and to show the world that he has more to offer than adorable, bugler-flouting antics. Or perhaps he’s just a very strange individual with an insatiable hunger for pizza. Only time will tell.