Parry Gripp performing live in Japan
|Birth name||Parry Gripp|
September 22, 1967|
Santa Barbara, California
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Percussion|
|Associated acts||Nerf Herder|
Style and works
False jingles and other novelty songs
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. 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)," "There's a Cat Licking Your Birthday Cake", "Wiener Dog Riding a Skateboard", "I Am A Banana," and "Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig)." In January 2017, "It's Raining Tacos" was featured in an Amazon.com ad which began airing in early May 2017.
The Wawa and Hallmark connections
Along with his phony jingles, Gripp also has created some true advertising music, such as a series of Beatles-inspired tunes promoting the Wawa Food Markets' summertime Hoagiefests and songs for the Hallmark Cards e-characters hoops&yoyo.
Television 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.
On July 9, 2009, 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 title character and Kevin Pereira on drums.
His 2011 released song "Space Unicorn" was featured in Daron Nefcy's Star vs. the Forces of Evil as a ringtone on one of the main characters' cellphone.
In July 2012, the National Geographic Kids website uploaded his video, "Spooky Spider."
In April 2013, Gripp recorded the song "Backyard Hodge Podge" for the episode of the same name for the children's TV show Phineas and Ferb, and he also appeared in the episode in animated form.
- "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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