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Man Man is an experimental rock/ Dark Cabaret band from Philadelphia, now based in Los Angeles, that is known for their multi-instrumental style and energetic live shows. The band's lineup currently consists of Honus Honus (vocals, piano, guitar, etc.) and Pow Pow (drums and other percussion, loops and samples), and multi-instrumentalists Shono Murphy and Brown Sugar.


  • Man Man EP (2004)
  • The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face (2004)
  • Six Demon Bag (2006)
  • Rabbit Habits (2008)
  • Little Torments 7" (2008)
  • Life Fantastic (2011)
  • On Oni Pond (2013)
  • Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between (2020)

Tropes found in Man Man's music:

  • Ballad of X: "The Ballad of Butter Beans".
  • Careful with That Axe: "Young Einstein on the Beach".
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: "Sparks" is sung to someone who is having trouble opening up again after a past heartbreak.
  • Epic Rocking: "Poor Jackie" runs for 8 minutes and 24 seconds. "Werewolf (On The Hood of Yer Heartbreak)" is over 10 minutes long, but the last 7 or so minutes just consist of the sound of waves and seagulls.
  • Fading into the Next Song: On Rabbit Habits, "Mysteries of the Universe Unraveled" fades into "Doo Right".
  • Hearing Voices: The cannibal in "Haute Tropique".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Many of their songs feature this, with dark lyrics backed by jazzy horns and jangly guitars. For example: "Loot My Body", "The Ballad of Butter Beans", "Spider Cider", and pretty much every song on Life Fantastic.
  • The Masochism Tango: "Pink Wonton".
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Curtains" and "Young Einstein on the Beach" are both around one minute long, and they have instrumental songs that are even shorter.
  • Non-Appearing Title: They seem to be big fans of this trope. It might be easier to list the songs that do have a Title Drop.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Dark Arts", "Deep Cover", "Easy Eats or Dirty Doctor Galapagos".
  • Repetitive Name: The band name and the members' names.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: Many songs on Life Fantastic, most notably "Dark Arts".
  • Serial Killer: The titular Jackie from "Poor Jackie" is a murderer who cuts out people's hearts and disguises herself as a man to hide from the detectives.
  • Shout-Out: The album title Six Demon Bag comes from a line in the movie Big Trouble in Little China.
    Waterboard me with "Call Me Maybe"
    Looping on an endless repeat
    • "Haute Tropique" has a verse that quotes The Brady Bunch's theme song, but instead tells about how the "lovely lady" brutally murdered her three daughters.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Used on "Loot My Body" and "Whalebones", where Honus Honus' rough voice contrasts with the female backing vocals.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: As mentioned above, "Poor Jackie".
  • Textless Album Cover: Rabbit Habits, Life Fantastic, and On Oni Pond.
  • Word Salad Title: "10lb Moustache", "Banana Ghost", "Push the Eagle's Stomach", "Van Helsing Boombox", "Mister Jung Stuffed", "Easy Eats or Dirty Doctor Galapagos", "Paul's Grotesque", and many, many others. Most of these fall under Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.