Push Back The Hands

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Music video for "Push Back The Hands"

song name Push Back the Hands
artist They Might Be Giants
releases I Like Fun, Dial-A-Song (2018)
year 2018
run time 3:01
sung by John Linnell


  • Video directed by David Cowles and Jeremy Galante; animation by Brad Pattullo and Jeremy Galante; backgrounds by Arianna Palmer and David Cowles. The video is in a similar style to "Put It To The Test" from Here Comes Science and "Thinking Machine" from Why?.
  • "Viaggio Nel Tempo", seen in the upper left of the video, is "Time Travel" in Italian.
  • "Livello" is Italian for "Level".
  • This video also contains references to TMBG videos of the past.
  • The creature in Livello 8 is a Morlock from the 1960 film The Time Machine, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.
  • The second Livello 10 has the Hill Valley Courthouse from Back To The Future in the background, with the clock being struck at 10:04 PM, just before our cyborg hero is zapped away.
  • The term "mission creep" refers to the expansion of a project or mission beyond its original goals. It's usually considered undesirable because it can lead to the dangerous path of each success breeding more ambitious attempts, stopping only when a final, often catastrophic, failure occurs.
  • "Rosy-fingered" is an old epithet for the dawn, originating in Homer.

Song Themes

Accidents, Backwards, Bodily Mutilation, Body Parts, Children, Colors, Conservatism, Fading, Hands, Precious Metal, Puns, Recursion, Screaming, Sleep, Time


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