There is not a single ’90s kid who does not fondly recall Macaulay Culkin’s sassy style and mischievous smile in the “Home Alone” series. And although the charming child star fell off the grid for about a decade before returning to the big screen as the star of the drug-addled disco bloodbath “Party Monster” in 2003, he’s always had a special place in my heart.
And now, another short decade later, Macaulay Culkin is back in action (albeit with much more facial hair) in his latest eccentric career development: as frontman of a pizza-themed comedy rock band called the Pizza Underground. Yes, it is exactly what you think it is.
It is a perfectly harmonious combination of three things that all grungy Seattle college students love: the metallic drone of the Velvet Underground, the novelty and nostalgia of ’90s child stars and, of course, pizza.
Given the band’s clear relevance to the Seattle University community at large, you can imagine my dismay when I found out the band was not even considered for this year’s Quadstock lineup. What college student would not jump at the opportunity to see Macaulay Culkin take to the stage and perform a series of Velvet Underground cover songs substituted with pizza-inspired lyrics?
Our generation will never have the opportunity to bask in the goth-rock glory of a live Velvet Underground show, but it is not too late for us to “see the light” (as Lou Reed sang on their debut album). Put Macaulay Culkin’s band on next year’s Quadstock lineup and maybe, just maybe, we can still experience the next best pizza-themed proto-punk anthem, “I’m Beginning to Eat the Slice.”
—Maggie Molloy, A&E Editor
Maggie Molloy is a junior at Seattle University majoring in Journalism and Interdisciplinary Arts with Music Emphasis. She is particularly fond of classical, punk, ska and rockabilly music genres. Off campus, she enjoys swimming, practicing piano and working on corny jigsaw puzzles. Maggie wears frilly dresses every day of the week.