Wednesday, January 07, 2009

***Parry Gripp***

Do You Like Waffles? is the best thing since ... waffles! Parry Gripp began his musical career with the (self-admittedly) geeky rock band Nerf Herder, whose pop culture-filled power punk tunes garnered them comparisons to Weezer, Weird Al, The Offspring, Green Day, and The Dead Milkmen.

Gripp decided to try his hand at jingle writing, but his only commission, a commercial for a waffle that came with its own dipping sauce, was never used. Undeterred, Gripp recorded a huge cache of very short, tightly produced, ridiculously catchy, and very funny songs that he compiled in 2005 as For Those About to Shop, We Salute You. His second album of mini songs, Do You Like Waffles?, takes the best of his first CD, adds a few new tunes, and leaves off songs like "We're Gonna Kick Your Ass Today" and "Nice Motherf@#!*&g Truck" so the whole family can rock out.

Every tune on Do You Like Waffles? is about food, so this album'll either make you hungry or make you laugh, or both. Check out especially the power pop brilliance of "Soup," "Hip, Hip Hoo-Raisin," "Bran Flakes," and "Theme from Melvin the Magic Hotdog."

Here's the irony: now companies are chasing Gripp to get him to write ads. He's composed for Hallmark's Hoops & Yoyo series, and for the Wawa convenience store chain. And if that's not prolific enough for ya, dig his Song of the Week website, which features lots of new tunes not included on either album, with artwork by Nathan Mazur. Videos for songs like "Spaghetti Cat" and "Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn)" are takin' YouTube by storm!

3 comments:

E said...

I don't know about anyone else's kids, but mine are OBSESSED with any show or song about food, so this would be a big hit with mine.

Anonymous said...

Spaghetti cat, I weep for you!

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