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, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Precious Metal, Puns, Recursion, Screaming, Sleep, Time


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