It was during the early 2000s when I first became obsessed with The Velvet Underground. Amidst working a full-time job, my first year in college, my first time living on my own, and having my own car – I would drive around aimlessly (back before gas prices became too steep) pop their ever famous recording with Nico cassette in my car tape deck and bliss out to the drug-fueled tunes of this mid 60s band.
I feel like this is a common story when people recall their first time getting into The Velvet Underground it usually stems around some sort of ‘glory days’ or excellent times in people’s lives.
The band was created by Lou Read and John Cale right here on the dirty streets of NYC and they also had the fortune of being managed by one of my biggest artistic influences Andy Warhol, which I’m sure was nothing short of inspiring in the way of having free creative musical rein.
As the band went through many different band-mate configurations throughout the late 60s and early 70s it is the early two recordings that stay most in people’s brains when thinking about The Velvet Underground.
With Lou Reed’s death this October has brought upon many tributes to the late singer. And with that sad event has come something lovely that originated once again on the now cleaner streets of NYC.
The Pizza Underground, a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band. That may be a mouth-full but it sure is amusing. Take a listen here :
Currently they are just a medley band and do not have any full tracks – which anyone who is a fan of The Velvet Underground may be a little disappointed with – considering the droning on of the longer tracks on their albums is always a treat to get lost upon. The band was originally formed in February 2012 obviously as just a joke/laugh by musicians Phoebe Kreutz, Matt Colbourn, and Deenah Vollmer. The band may have a little celebrity upper hand with Macaulay Culkin joining the band this November and pulling together the above recording.
Not only have they created some fun music to hopefully let the younger generation segue into learning about the original band – they also have some fun imagery being created in their honor.
Personally I am in love with this combination and want to urge all my fellow New Yorkers to head over to their free show in Williamsburg TODAY at Baby’s All Right @ 7pm! Free Pizza While Supplies Last!