Ninja Sex Party Share Hilarious 'Heart Boner' Music Video: Exclusive Premiere

Fernando Escovar
Ninja Sex Party

As one of the young leads in Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard became one of the cool kids when Netflix’s supernatural drama became a surprise hit in 2016. His presence now lends star power, as proven by his appearance in Ninja Sex Party’s video “Danny Don't You Know,” which has scored nearly 3.4 million YouTube views since debuting June 25. In fact, the 15-year-old inspired the song.

Wolfhard was a fan of the ’80s rock-inspired comedy duo for years before Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian (aka Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht, respectively) met him when he was invited to do some episodes of GameGrumps, the gaming Web series that Avidan co-hosts. When people saw Avidan and Wolfhard together, “everyone was like, ‘Finn, you look like you’re young Dan,’” recalls Wecht. “Then we basically all had the same idea at the same time, which was, ‘Why don’t we write a song in which he is young Dan?’ ”

Aidan had just gotten T-shirts for Starbomb, his and Wecht’s other parody outfit that includes internet personality Arin Hanson, and he offered one to Wolfhard. “I was wearing one, and I was like, ‘Finn, you want one?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely,’ so we took a picture where we were wearing the same shirt,” says Avidan. “It looked like one of those movies where it’s like a time paradox.”

So Ninja Sex Party wrote “Danny Don’t You Know,” a love letter to Avidan’s tween years where he crooningly reassures his younger self that the trials of nerdom will soon pass as he goes through “an awkward phase from 12 to 29.” Decked out in matching sky-blue leotards and fur-lined capes, Finn is a dead ringer for Avidan in the video. (Not to be outdone, the character of Ninja Brian appears as, well, a ninja.)

The “Danny Don’t You Know” clip precedes Cool Patrol, Ninja Sex Party’s newest collection of adolescent -- and sexually fueled humor -- that arrives Aug. 17 through CD Baby. The 15-song album, produced by Jim Roach, features cuts like “Release the Kraken” and “Eating Food in the Shower” that are backed by space trooper-costumed band TWRP. The duo picked “Heart Boner (Part II of the Boner Trilogy)” as its next focus track, because…well, of course.

“The character of Danny Sexbang is this like emotionally stunted man-child,” summarizes Wecht. “The most romantic thing he could possibly think of would be a heart boner.”

Avidan puts it more succinctly -- “My character is an idiot” -- but, as “Heart Boner” endeavors to describe, he’s also full of the feels. “I would describe Danny Sexbang as total confidence mixed with complete incompetence,” he says. “The character is very genuine and very heartfelt, and he’s not putting on an act, but a heart boner would be his image of the truest expression of love.”

As expected, these sentiments are expressed in utterly cringeworthy fashion on “Heart Boner.” Billboard is premiering the song’s video today. Watch it below:

Alas, those excited for the final installment in the “Boner” trilogy must wait indefinitely: The song’s title is “taking the piss out of the ridiculous things that bands do,” says Avidan, like progressive rockers’ tendency to create “big trilogies and series of songs over the course of 10 different albums.” (For those who want to hear the “predecessor,” check out “No Reason Boner” on 2011’s NSFW.)

Despite its blatant sophomoric humor (its Tweeter summary reads, “Songs about dicks and unicorns”), Ninja Sex Party has so far navigated the tightrope between entertaining audiences and offending them in the #MeToo era, where some have balked at far raunchier comedy like that of hair-metal troupe Steel Panther, whom NSP admires and counts as good friends. Avidan attributes avoiding that pitfall by taking “great pains to be very gentle with the way that we put sexual things across. We’ve always made sure that even in the earliest videos, we would think, ‘OK, we have this girl in the video and we’re hitting on the girl, but we’re going to make sure she looks beautiful and comes across great, and we’ll be the ones that look like idiots.’ That was always very important to us.”

“There’s a line between sex jokes and adolescent sex jokes and pornographic sex jokes,” observes Wecht. “To me, at least mentally, it’s like, ‘What kind of joke would a 12-year-old make?’ Like someone who has heard of these concepts but doesn’t really know anything about them. We constantly are changing jokes or rewriting things so as not to cross that line.”

Occasionally, Ninja Sex Party will find an online comment where the poster thinks the music is in earnest. “Someone was like, ‘I watched [the video for Cool Patrol’s] “Orgy for One,” and then I watched something else, and it was the second video where I realized they were kidding.’ And I was like, ‘Why the…’ ” Wecht trails off. “No. 1 rule of doing comedy on the internet: Whatever it is, 1 percent of people will take it completely seriously.”

“And that kind of hurts my feelings,” deadpans Avidan, “because ‘Orgy for One’ is a song about inviting 27 girls to an orgy and getting turned down by all of them, and the fact that someone thought that actually happened does not make me feel all that great.”

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