Parry Gripp Performing Live in Japan
|Birth name||Parry Gripp|
September 22, 1967 |
Santa Barbara, California
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards|
|Associated acts||Nerf Herder|
As a songwriter, Gripp is best known for fake jingles, as in his 2005 solo album For Those About to Shop, We Salute You - a 51-track concept album mimicking various musical styles as product commercials. While it does not have one single concept, it goes through many various concept suites, such as trucks, beer, and insomnia. He also maintains a song-of-the-week website and a YouTube channel on which he creates soundtracks to internet memes as well as music videos for his own novelty songs, with titles including "Do You Like Waffles?", "Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom", "Last Train to Awesometown", "Spaghetti Cat (I weep for you)", "Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn)", "I Am A Banana" and "Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig)". Gripp also performs the Being Ian, Super Hero Squad Show, and Ben 10: Omniverse theme songs.
Gripp also joined forces with MC Lars to perform some of the vocals, including the chorus, to "Guitar Hero Hero (Beating Guitar Hero Doesn't Make You Slash)" a song commenting on the notion that video games like Guitar Hero take kids away from playing in bands and actually learning their instruments.
Along with faux jingles, Gripp also creates some real advertising music, such as Beatles-inspired tunes promoting the Wawa Food Markets' Breakfast Hoagiefest, and songs for the Hallmark Cards e-characters hoops&yoyo.
On July 9, 2009 Parry Gripp debuted a new song called "The Girl at the Video Game Store" for the 1000th episode of the G4 TV program Attack of the Show! The video features the show's hosts Olivia Munn as the titular character and Kevin Pereira on drums.
In July 2012, the National Geographic Kids website uploaded his latest video, "Spooky Spider."
In April 2013, Parry Gripp recorded the song "Backyard Hodge Podge" for the episode of the same name for the TV kids' show Phineas and Ferb. He also appeared in the episode in animated form.
- "For Those About to Shop, We Salute You" (2005)
- "One Donut a Day" (2007)
- "Do You Like Waffles" (2008)
- "Mega-Party" (2013)
Nathan Mazur, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based cartoonist, provided the animation for some of Gripp's music videos: "Do You Like Waffles?", "Up Butt Coconut", "I've Got No iPhone", "Justin Bieber and Spaghetti Cat", "You're Driving Me Crazy", and "Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom". He also creates the "album art" that accompanies Parry Gripp's song-of-the-week.
- "Family Tree Legends". Retrieved 21 March 2010.
- Parry Gripp, the Weird Al Yankovic of YouTube
- Wawa Hoagiefest website
- "The Girl At The Video Game Store". Kotaku. July 9, 2009.
- "Band With a Funny Bone, Nerf Herder Gets Last Laugh". Los Angeles Times. July 17, 1997.
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