The Pizza Underground's Music Video Shoot Was a Delicious Success

It’s afternoon on a snowy Sunday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Most people are out buying overpriced coffee, recovering from hangovers, and trying not to slip and fall. The crew pulling together the Pizza Underground’s first music video shoot have been at Acme Studios since 6 AM. Inside, it smells like ass. A very doughy take on ass, anyway. The set is comprised of three walls covered in pizza slices, broken up by discs of pepperoni, all staple-gunned in neat lines. The budget cheese has congealed, the dough rigor mortised, only the pepperoni has anything else to give: an oily trail eking downwards.

Headed up by director Adrian Arredondo, the crew buzz about setting up the next shot. Meanwhile, the Pizza Underground—Matt Colbourn, Phoebe Kreutz, Deenah Vollmer, Austin Kilham, and Macaulay Culkin (on percussion and kazoo)—are flopped out, lounging in the living room area. They’re wearing all black, topped off with black shades, because, you know, they’re a pizza-themed Velvet Underground band. Haven’t you heard the joke? It’s a one-liner that, as Culkin puts it, “melted the internet in cheesy, greasy goodness,” when their nine-song, eight-minute medley went viral.

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