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


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  • "Rosy-fingered" is an old epithet for the dawn, originating in Homer.
  • 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?. Facts and references in the video:
    • The video's concept is an homage to the 1966–67 sci-fi television show The Time Tunnel, centring around two scientists who are trapped within various notable events in the past (and on two occasions, the future) due to a malfunctioning time machine.
    • "Viaggio Nel Tempo", seen in the upper left of the video, is "time travel" in Italian. "Livello" is Italian for "level".
    • The figure in the wasteland in Livello 3 is Hammurabi from "The Mesopotamians".
    • The creature in Livello 8 is a Morlock from the 1960 film The Time Machine, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.
    • The first Livello 10 depicts a pixelated version of the New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows park in Queens, where the "Don't Let's Start" music video was shot (and the site of the 1964 World's Fair).
    • The second Livello 10 shows 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.

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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