"Nerf Herder" is a punk rock band formed in 1994 by "Parry Gripp" (vocals, guitar), "Charlie Dennis" (bass) and "Steve Sherlock" (drums). They describe themselves as a "nerd rock" band, and are known for simplistic modern punk-style songs with frequently humorous, juvenile and pop-culture-referencing lyrics. They are most noted for composing the theme tune to the television series ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'', and for their 1996 single "Van Halen", a parody tribute to the band of the same name, which attracted significant radio airplay and led to their first major record deal.
Dennis left the band after the release of their debut, self-titled album, and was replaced first by "Pete Newbury", with "Dave Ehrlich" also joining as a second guitarist. Newbury's tenure touring with the band was short-lived, however, and he was replaced by "Marko 72"; who in turn was replaced with "Justin Fisher" by the time the band's second album, ''How To Meet Girls'', was recorded and released in 2000. A special EP for My Records, entitled ''My EP'', was released in 2001, and was followed in 2002 by their final album to date, ''American Cheese.