Particle Man

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Music video for "Particle Man"
Screenshot from the Tiny Toons music video

song name Particle Man
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Flood, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity, Rhino Hi-Five: They Might Be Giants, Flood + Apollo 18
year 1990
first played November 25, 1989 (1134 known performances)
run time 1:59
sung by John Linnell


  • Easily one of TMBG's most popular songs, this song was used in a musical episode of the cartoon Tiny Toon Adventures titled "Tiny Toon Music Television." The character Plucky Duck was a professional wrestler version of Particle Man who was clobbered by Triangle Man, Universe Man, and so forth.
  • John and John discussing interpretations of the song in a 1994 radio interview:
John Linnell: I feel complete sympathy with the people in our audience who are like visibly, completely overinterpreting some song like... I can't even think of a good example.

John Flansburgh: "Particle Man" seems like a song that is a total...

John Linnell: It's pretty on the surface, you know? And people really, they really want to know what the secret message behind "Particle Man" is, you know, and there just isn't one. It's what it is.

Song Themes

Heads, People (Imaginary), Questions, Science, Shapes, Size, Songs With Handclaps, Super-Human Qualities, Time, Water


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