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Music video for "Tesla"

song name Tesla
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Nanobots, Idlewild
year 2013
first played March 3, 2013 (81 known performances)
run time 2:04
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell backs


  • Nikola Tesla was a prolific engineer known for his wealth of contributions to the scientific community, in particular his work with alternating currents and X-rays, as well as his curious eccentricism. This song accurately enumerates some of the advancements in technology made possible by Tesla's work, in addition to some of his own patented inventions. Other lyrics from the song also accurately describe Tesla's life, including his obsessive-compulsive tendencies, his proposed teleforce device ("death-ray"), and his death at the New Yorker Hotel.
  • An official video for the song was created by the Office of Paul Sahre and released on May 27, 2014, in promotion of the Idlewild compilation. It features the original album version plus seven different remixes and two other songs. The segment that includes the studio version features Matt Villaverde skateboarding around New York City dressed as Tesla, captured on 8mm film by Joe Hollier.

Song Themes

Animals, Death, Educational, History, Hotels, Insanity, New York City, People (Real), Plans, Science, Skulls, Space


  • Watch it on Youtube.png (Official music video with remixes)
  • Watch it on Youtube.png (Slideshow video)

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Tesla is currently ranked #640 out of 813. (42 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.36)