Hackney Road will always have a special place in London In Stereo’s heart. We were living on it when the magazine started, and if there had been a Yard Sale Pizza then, we might have stayed. So it’s felt a real long time coming, but Yard Sale is finally coming to Hackney-proper. Yup, their 5th branch is opening on the site of former pop-up wonders Bad Sports and Lucky & Joy – but this one’s for keeps and we could not be happier. There’s promise of special menu items (calzone!) plus, of course, our faves the Holy Pepperoni and, oh god, that cheesy Marmite garlic bread. In celebration of this wondrous time we asked Yard Sale’s Dan Spinney to talk us through five tracks that have defined the history of Yard Sale. Turns out they’ve got good taste in music and some good stories, too. Still recovering from that Pizza Underground show, tbh. LiS
KING CURTIS – MEMPHIS SOUL STEW
Back in September 2013 we hosted a few informal pizza parties in Johnnie’s back yard where we fine-tuned some pizza recipes and tested them out on some willing guinea pigs. With a small pizza oven built in the garden we crammed 25-30 people into the front lounge around a couple of long tables, some old Christmas tree string lights, plenty of beers and a live ‘Oven Cam’. We may also have ruined one person’s birthday with a chili roulette pizza with some hidden scotch bonnet! I built this old school rhythm & blues, soul and funk playlist which we played for each party as well as the opening of our Clapton shop and this track always signified to me that we were ready to serve up some pizza!
THE PIZZA UNDERGROUND – TAKE A BITE OF THE WILD SLICE
Our first shop in Clapton opened in May 2014 and we somehow managed to get The Pizza Underground ft. Macauley Culkin for a UK debut live performance in the kitchen for 25 of our friends and family. It was super surreal, Macauley played a little plastic trombone kazoo and the drummer Deenah used one of our pizza boxes as a drum as they rattled through a set of purely Velvet Underground covers changing the words to be about pizza. People still ask if the local legend is true – London in Stereo can vouch for it as they were there!
BEASTIE BOYS – FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT
The Beasties are a firm Yard Sale favourite and no pizza party would be complete without this on the stereo. I love the shot of them outside Stromboli Pizza in NYC from 1987 following the release of Licenced to Ill. We aspire to those staple neighborhood pizza joints of NYC and were fortunate to have collaborated with the likes of Frank Pinello of Brooklyn’s Best Pizza & Anthony Falco, previously of Robertas. Check out The Pizza Show: Extra Slice – London on Youtube.
LOYLE CARNER (FEAT. JORDAN RAKEI) – OTTOLENGHI
Last year we collaborated with Loyle Carner who was a fan of our pizza having moved close to one of our shops. The Christmas Con Carner featured turkey chilli and teardrop peppers and raised money for Loyle’s Chilli Con Carner cooking school which supports kids with ADHD. Known for his love of food this was Loyle’s single at the time, a tribute to his inspiration and passion outside of music.
MC CASHBACK – WHAT TO DO? (FOR MY DINNER TONIGHT)
If you like food and rap then get to know MC Cashback! A few years back I had this ridiculous idea to create a musical pizza box and enlisted Oscar Cash of Metronomy and his pal Angus aka MC Cashback to create some musical weirdness to insert into our boxes, like a musical birthday card. We celebrated the launch with a shop performance in which MC Cashback built a real-life pizza synth which people prodded with fingers and forks to trigger midi samples of MC Cashback hollering pizza references! This track is off his album ‘The Dinnersty’ which sounds exactly as you would imagine.