Has Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground Gone Stale?

It seems like just a few months ago, a massive crowd packed into Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn to catch one of the Pizza Underground‘s first shows… that is because it was just a few months ago, but now it appears that the novelty of Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band may be fading. That much was clear when they were showered in beer and booed off stage last weekend.

Pizza Underground Booed Off Stage At UK Festival

In a weird trajectory fueled by the internet hype machine and 90s nostalgia, the Pizza Underground somehow managed to go from a joke band playing small gigs around NYC to a joke band playing songs like “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice” on the summer festival circuit.

The band was in the UK Sunday for a set at the Nottingham Dot To Dot festival. According to reports, the band was met with an increasingly hostile crowd that eventually showered the band with boos and booze. Culkin and his band promplty left the stage after just a couple of songs.

While throwing pints of beer at an artist is totally inexcusable–and quite wasteful–it is easy to see where this misplaced ire came from. Most people paying for a festival ticket expect a certain level of quality in the lineup. Let’s be honest, the only reason people are remotely interested in the Pizza Underground is because its singer is the kid from Home Alone, not because Phoebe Kreutz plays a mean glockenspiel.

It is hard to blame the Pizza Undergorund for jumping on the opportunity to play these festivals and make some money, but it is quite easy to blame the organizers for giving third-line booking to a novelty cover band. Maybe this is a welcome reminder that internet notoriety does not always translate to success in the music industry.

It will be interesting to see if the Pizza Underground yields a similar reception at Chicago’s Riot Fest later this summer.

Article by Jason Schellhardt

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