Tesla

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Tesla music video with remixes


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Nikola Tesla, aged 34

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


Trivia/Info

  • 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 compositions (Happier, Crazier and Studio Cat).
  • Mr. Sahre said that some of the Tesla video segment concepts preceded the music[1]
    I recruited some of my design students at the School of Visual Arts, along with my design assistant Erik Carter and videographer Joe Hollier... and we started thinking about what we could do with the song. There were so many good ideas we decided to do nine of them and convinced the band to create a different remix of the song for each video.
  • 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. In the video suite this segment is represented by an image of a moustache over a skateboard.

Song Themes

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

Videos

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

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