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Formerly the frontman to Pop Punk band Nerf Herder, Parry Gripp (born September 22, 1967) is a songwriter and musician responsible for some of the most notorious earworms on the internet. He's a sometime jingle writer and a sometime writer of offbeat songs that bear the hallmarks of jingles: Short, simple lyrics, catchy hooks. They cover a wide variety of silly topics, from iPhones to waffles, but most are about animals, especially hamsters.
His YouTube channels can be found here (songs with videos) and here (songs without videos). His website is here.
Parry Gripp songs provide examples of:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Awesome Bot 3000, the Evil Counterpart of the Taco Bot 3000, attempts to bury the town under a Tortilla Avalanche in the titular song, with him having a deep voice to really set it:
- Call-Back: If you watch the video "Space Unicorn", near the end you'll notice references to Parry's previous videos, like a baby monkey going backwards on a pig, a harp seal and a photographer wearing a yellow jacket and a penguin with a backpack.
- Darker and Edgier: The original "I Ain't Got No iPhone" is about someone who has suicidal thoughts because of their lack of an iPhone. Think about it. The 2015 revision rewrote the song to be about someone simply moping.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: "Lazy Harp Seal Has No Job" may be a cute song, but if you listen to the lyrics closely, it sounds like a Take That! at poor receiving attention while the rich are ignored.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Many of his songs, based on cute animal videos, describe exactly what the animal is doing in the video, from Dog with a Box on his Head to Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn).
- Expository Theme Tune: He's made up several for nonexistent shows, like Super Agent Rodent School (in the description, he chides Cartoon Network for their continued refusal to take his offer).
- Friendly Pirate: "Pirate Snail On Broccoli Isle" is about a snail who dresses as a pirate and sails the seas with his crew in search of treasure. He, however, doesn't bury his treasure because "That's no fun", and instead shares it with everyone.
- Funny Octopus: Little Octopus Climbing Over Rock features a tiny, cute octopus crawling on a rock to get to the sea.
- Ghostly Animals:
- "Ghost Hamster" is about a ghostly hamster with a ghostly cage, wailing about having a neglectful owner in life.
- "Ghost Slug" is about...a creepy ghost slug who just slithers around in the night being spooky.
- Insistent Terminology: It's not a turtle, it's a tortoise!
- Lyrical Dissonance: The Whole World's Laughing at Me. It has a rather bright, chipper tune, but its name makes its true topic obvious.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Quite a few songs, have a phrase similar to "As soon as I saw you Xing that Y, I knew you were no ordinary Z...".
- Megaphone Gag: The song aptly titled "Megaphone" centers around people being locked out of a film festival due to the lack of venue space, regardless of who they are or if they have a ticket. The announcer spends the song yelling at the crowd with the megaphone, with lines such as:I've got a megaphone, put it up your buttBack to your trailer, you dumbass hickNo platinum pass, you can kiss my ass
- Mundane Made Awesome: He loves to write songs about the littlest things...but it doesn't make the songs any less fun.
- Ode to Food:
- "This is the Best Burrito I've Ever Eaten" and "Yum Yum Breakfast Burrito" are both about how awesome burritos are.
- "I Love Bread" is about how the singer, well, loves bread.
- "Spiral Cut Hot Dogs" is about how the singer loves spiral cut hot dogs and how to make them.
- "I Like Vegetables" is a rap about how great vegetables are.
- "Pound Cake" is about how the cake will "pound you in the face with flavour".
- "All the Nachos You Can Eat" praises a whole lot of nachos.
- "Chicken Nugget Dreamland" is about a dreamland where there's "infinite flavours of infinite sauce" and one can get a "million-piece box".
- "Do You Like Waffles?" is about how the singer loves waffles, pancakes, and French toast.
- Sluggish Seal: "Lazy Harp Seal Has No Job" is about an adorable baby harp seal who just sits around being cute, getting all the attention, frustrating the singer who is ignored by women despite his expensive camera and yellow jacket.
- Stylistic Suck: The "amazing artwork and animation by Parry Gripp", of the music video for "Hug a Turtle". It's a Clip-Art Animation of a poorly drawn and colored turtle.
- Subbing for Santa: In "Reggie the Christmas Hamster", the song is about Reggie delivering all the presents because Santa broke his sleigh.
- Sweet Seal: "Lazy Harp Seal Has No Job" is about a harp seal who is extremely popular with the ladies despite not doing anything but lying around and being cute, which makes a photographer with an expensive camera and jacket jealous of him.