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Parry Gripp

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Parry Gripp is an American songwriter and musician known for a series of novelty songs based on viral videos, music for television and the American pop punk band Nerf Herder.


Parry Gripp's music career began with the band Nerf Herder, which formed in 1994 in Santa Barbara, California. Three years later, the band wrote and performed the theme song for the American horror television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (video below).[1]

Viral Videos

In 2007, Gripp began posting novelty songs based on popular viral videos on YouTube. He published his first YouTube video, "Baby Skunk Rocker yeah," on May 8th, 2007, receiving more than 338,000 views in less than 10 years (shown below, left).

Later that year, on December 4th, he published Wiener Dog riding Skateboard. The video received more than 2 million views in less than 13 years (shown below, right).

The following year, in 2008, Gripp grew in notoriety with the release of the song "Hamster on a Piano", which he published on August 15th, 2008.[2] The video, later removed due to a credit dispute, received more than 3.5 million views when re-uploaded in 2011 (shown below).

On February 27th, 2009, Gripp published the video "Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom". The video received more than 33 million views in just over 11 years (shown below, left).

His success on YouTube continued over the next decade. On August 27th, 2012, he published the music video for "Raininng Tacos," which received more than 38 million views, becoming his popular video as of April 2020.


In 2008, Gawker [3] called Gripp the "Weird Al Yankovic of YouTube." They wrote:

Everything that makes YouTube a time-wasting creative desert is just fodder for Gripp's brilliant mind. Take "Young Girl Talking About Herself," which remixes clips of well, exactly that, paired with lyrics of a frenetic energy that reminds me of They Might Be Giants or Weird Al Yankovic.

In 2017, Gripp won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for "She's Not Very Nice," which was featured on the Disney series The 7D, his third nomination and first win.[4]

Hamster on a Piano

Hamster on a PIano is a viral video featuring a white hamster lying on top of piano keys eating popcorn. Uploaded to YouTube in 2007, the video inspired a series of remixes, parodies and memes.

Do You Like Waffles?

Do You Like Waffles? is a flash video made by Nathan Mazur. It features a waffle dressed in a top-hat and cane dancing to a song of the same name.

Paul the Octopus

Paul the Octopus was a common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) that lived at the Aquarium Sea Life Centre[1] in Oberhausen, Germany, best known for successfully predicting the outcomes of Germany's 2010 World Cup matches. In a divination, Paul would "predict" which team would win a match by choosing to eat a mussel out of one of two boxes marked with the flag of each team.

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